60 Beautiful Examples Of Night Photography

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Low light levels make night photography a challenging yet rewarding subject. The best results require specialized equipment, like SLR cameras, tripods, cable releases and flashguns. After sunset, the everyday world is magically transformed, and city buildings, fireworks, thunderstorms and the northern lights all become popular subjects.

We present 60 amazing examples of night photography, photos, created by some hard-working and dedicated photographers. Take a look at their websites and portfolios, and you’ll find some links to how-to articles about night photography at the bottom of the post.

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Jim Downie47459

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Daniel Cheong895711

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Roger E17

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Jose Maria Cuellar1152119

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Jose Maria Cuellar1152119

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Matt Reinbold23

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Loveless Ramblings and Other Cynical Musings25

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Rob27

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Bastian Groove29

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h o t t31

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Alcove33

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Janek Skarzynski35

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Bob Long Jr5337

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Victor Shilo39

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Kirk Marshall1314341

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Kirk Marshall1314341

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Jim Downie47459

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Jim Downie47459

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Alice Day49

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John Mueller8751

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Bob Long Jr5337

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Nada Stankova55

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Daniel Cheong895711

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Earth at Night59

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Landscapes

Landscape photographers love the magical light of sunset and twilight. With long shutter speeds and a steady tripod it’s even possible to photograph the landscape lit by nothing but moonlight.

Toby Keller939161

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Oliver Wu63

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Terri Beitzel65

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_oriana.italy_67

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Gerrit Wenz69

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M’s vision71

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Kevin McNeal
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Kevin McNeal
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Mac_Raw77

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Kevin McNeal
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Adam Blenford81

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Brian Auer83

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Wes Thomas85

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John Mueller8751

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Daniel Cheong895711

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Toby Keller939161

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Toby Keller939161

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Bob West97957

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Bob West97957

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Northern Lights

The northern lights are a popular subject for photographers living in the extreme north of Canada, Alaska and Europe.

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Max Waugh111109

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Storms

Dramatic thunderstorms are captured using slow shutter speeds.

Nigel Midwinter113

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Jose Maria Cuellar1152119

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Geoff Coleman125119117

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Geoff Coleman125119117

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Christophe Paquignon121

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Heavenly Bodies

It’s even possible to photograph the stars and the moon with the right equipment.

Matthías Ásgeirsson129123

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Geoff Coleman125119117

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Neil Creek127

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Fireworks

Another popular subject for night photographers.

Matthías Ásgeirsson129123

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Kirk Marshall1314341

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Troy Paiva

Troy Paiva specializes in night photography and light-painting techniques. He explores America’s abandoned urban landscapes in his latest book “Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration.”

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Anthony James

Anthony James has a passion for night photography. Over the years, he has amassed a unique collection of photographic images covering a variety of subjects from different parts of Asia, Europe and Australia.

“For me the joy of photography comes from the ability to capture and record a unique slice of space and time that may otherwise be lost forever. A moment perhaps only witnessed by an individual yet shared with the rest of us, albeit imbued with a unique perspective – a window on our world that may remain forever etched into our consciousness.”

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Last Click

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    Hey dudes i was wanna say i am really feelling these photos, i mean seriously the colours and vibes. speak to me man. This shiz is inspiring!! -_-

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    You should never post photos without credit, regardless of how good they are. And in case you were wondering, weheartit does not count for credit.

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    fantastic

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    these photos are amzing, although i belive my photography is much better then all of these posers. good effort though hahahahahahaha im the best

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    it’s excellent to see these photographs.

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    Hi, so happens I was sittin here thinking of going out with my camera after dark, but am not experienced at it, so I googled “night photography”, and found these photos. what beautiful and inspiring shots. We’ll see what I come up with here in my little midwestern suburb, with my little D50 slr. Thanks!

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