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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Artificial light transforms the urban landscape into a place of magic and mystery.

Bob West97957

Beautiful Night Photo8

Jim Downie47459

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Daniel Cheong895711

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nonkelduvel13

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kayess200815

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Roger E17

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Jose Maria Cuellar1152119

Beautiful Night Photo20

Jose Maria Cuellar1152119

Beautiful Night Photo22

Matt Reinbold23

Beautiful Night Photo24

Loveless Ramblings and Other Cynical Musings25

Beautiful Night Photo26

Rob27

Beautiful Night Photo28

Bastian Groove29

Beautiful Night Photo30

h o t t31

Beautiful Night Photo32

Alcove33

Beautiful Night Photo34

Janek Skarzynski35

Beautiful Night Photo36

Bob Long Jr5337

Beautiful Night Photo38

Victor Shilo39

Beautiful Night Photo40

Kirk Marshall1314341

Beautiful Night Photo42

Kirk Marshall1314341

Beautiful Night Photo44

Jim Downie47459

Beautiful Night Photo46

Jim Downie47459

Beautiful Night Photo48

Alice Day49

Beautiful Night Photo50

John Mueller8751

Beautiful Night Photo52

Bob Long Jr5337

Beautiful Night Photo54

Nada Stankova55

Beautiful Night Photo56

Daniel Cheong895711

Beautiful Night Photo58

Earth at Night59

Beautiful Night Photo60

Landscapes Link

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

Beautiful Night Photo62

Oliver Wu63

Beautiful Night Photo64

Terri Beitzel65

Beautiful Night Photo66

_oriana.italy_67

Beautiful Night Photo68

Gerrit Wenz69

Beautiful Night Photo70

M’s vision71

Beautiful Night Photo72

Kevin McNeal
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Beautiful Night Photo74

Kevin McNeal
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Beautiful Night Photo76

Mac_Raw77

Beautiful Night Photo78

Kevin McNeal
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Beautiful Night Photo80

Adam Blenford81

Beautiful Night Photo82

Brian Auer83

Beautiful Night Photo84

Wes Thomas85

Beautiful Night Photo86

John Mueller8751

Beautiful Night Photo88

Daniel Cheong895711

Beautiful Night Photo90

Toby Keller939161

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Toby Keller939161

Beautiful Night Photo94

Bob West97957

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Bob West97957

Beautiful Night Photo98

Northern Lights Link

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

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson10710510310199

Beautiful Night Photo100

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson10710510310199

Beautiful Night Photo102

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson10710510310199

Beautiful Night Photo104

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson10710510310199

Beautiful Night Photo106

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson10710510310199

Beautiful Night Photo108

Max Waugh111109

Beautiful Night Photo110

Max Waugh111109

Beautiful Night Photo112

Storms Link

Dramatic thunderstorms are captured using slow shutter speeds.

Nigel Midwinter113

Beautiful Night Photo114

Jose Maria Cuellar1152119

Beautiful Night Photo116

Geoff Coleman125119117

Beautiful Night Photo118

Geoff Coleman125119117

Beautiful Night Photo120

Christophe Paquignon121

Beautiful Night Photo122

Heavenly Bodies Link

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

Matthías Ásgeirsson129123

Beautiful Night Photo124

Geoff Coleman125119117

Beautiful Night Photo126

Neil Creek127

Beautiful Night Photo128

Fireworks Link

Another popular subject for night photographers.

Matthías Ásgeirsson129123

Beautiful Night Photo130

Kirk Marshall1314341

Beautiful Night Photo132

Troy Paiva Link

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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Beautiful Night Photo134

Troy Paiva135133

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Anthony James Link

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.”

Anthony James145143141139137

Beautiful Night Photo138

Anthony James145143141139137

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Anthony James145143141139137

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Anthony James145143141139137

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Last Click Link

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Beautiful Night Photo146

Resources Link

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  1. 1

    I love the “car”-picture! Nice collection!

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    Beautiful pictures. I’ve yet to master night shots.

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    Hot collection! I love most of this pics!

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    Amazing!
    I live outside of Toronto, Canada, and I remember last year I went out and could see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and I was amazed and had NO photography equipment at all; not even a camera phone! bah!

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    You missed one! check it out here. The ones mentioned are also really good.

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    The first one is absolutely beautiful.

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    Very cool. Storms are beautiful, as are the night pics.

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    My favorite is Rambling Love, but they all are amazing!

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    ESPECTACULAR!!

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    These remind me of a friend of mine’s work. He’s from South Africa and takes all sorts of rad night photography – Ross Hiller Night Photography

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  11. 11

    Thank you for posting these stunning photos. :)

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    amazing shots!!!!!! thanks!!
    glad to see some taken in Hong Kong! my home city <3
    thanks again!

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    Love all the photos. Great work!

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    egh… no insult, just keepin it real. I’m not to impressed by all the copied photography lists that appear as syndicated content everywhere.

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    @mikemike

    egh… no insult, but that’s only you

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    Absolutely fantastic collection!

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    I wonder…..
    no words

    Thanks for this spectacular collection,

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    love the collection

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    Thanks for all nice graphics.It was cool and nice collection.

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    dev(Www.iHaCK.ASIA)

    November 9, 2008 9:57 pm

    Really beautiful especially the earh at night

    http://Www.iHaCK.ASIA

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    Great pics until you click on them and they take you to flickr. Nothing more iritating than having to click on it again to get a larger view. Couldn’t you have hosted these on your own server or direct link to the larger version on flickr?

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    good pics

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    @Bobby:
    The Flickr license requires one to point directly (and only) to the Flickr photo page when hot-linking for compilations such as this.

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    beautiful!

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    nice collection, I suggest you take a look at the Landscape and Northern lights pictures of Romko, a guy from Alaska:
    http://romko-kr.livejournal.com/

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  28. 28

    Nice collection. Love the ALTA VISTA.

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    Klaas van Wachteren

    November 9, 2008 11:42 pm

    Very collection. There are some talents out there.
    Good start into the new week.

    Stay tuned . . .

    http://www.vinergy.org

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    Great collection of beautiful photographs!

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    that’s good!

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  32. 32

    great collections..beautiful images…

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    very very well!

    i love smashing

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    I love the Alcove picture, but I doubt that it is a night picture, if you look at the sky you can see that it’s the sun en the sky is blue.
    I love the way that person processed it!

    great collection!

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    Absolutely sensational, really beautiful work

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  36. 36

    Nice!! Really inspiring.

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    beautiful.

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    awesome

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    Absolutely fantastic

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    Reminds me how an incredible place the world can be

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  41. 41

    The ilumination of the eiffel tower at night is copyrighted, so you should be careful with those pics:

    As you can read in http://www.tour-eiffel.fr/teiffel/uk/pratique/faq/index.html, “There are no restrictions on publishing a picture of the Tower by day. Photos taken at night when the lights are aglow are subjected to copyright laws, and fees for the right to publish must be paid to the SETE”

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    Dear Smashing
    Pls take another look at the pictures you present. A quite lot were not shot at night and a very few are not photography at all but artwork. Some of the “setting a night scene from a bright daylight picture photos” are not done very well. Look at the shadows.
    In Janek’s night photo only f/32 keeps us from beeing suntanned :)

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    Unfortunately I have to echo what Rune had posted above me, some of these were not shot at night at all. Some of the photos are just terribly done technically – blurry, grainy and there’s no clear purposeful intent. There are many night photographers that are much better at their craft, perhaps you should have looked just a little bit harder.

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    Love the Alcove photo. Great composition and color.

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    Simply awesome fotographs!!!

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  46. 46

    This kid has some great night photos.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/govus/

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    Always amazed by your collections!

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    i would really like to add the photography of Will Govus
    his night photos are amazing

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/govus/sets/72157603796756248/

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