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60 Incredible Examples Of Night Photography

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. [Content Care Oct/28/2016]

We present 60 incredible 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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In the City Link

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

Bob West87856

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Daniel Cheong795410

Beautiful Night Photo11

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Beautiful Night Photo13

kayess200814

Beautiful Night Photo15

Roger E16

Beautiful Night Photo17

Jose Maria Cuellar1002018

Beautiful Night Photo19

Jose Maria Cuellar1002018

Beautiful Night Photo21

Matt Reinbold22

Beautiful Night Photo23

Loveless Ramblings and Other Cynical Musings24

Beautiful Night Photo25

Rob26

Beautiful Night Photo27

Bastian Groove28

Beautiful Night Photo29

h o t t30

Beautiful Night Photo31

Alcove

Beautiful Night Photo

Janek Skarzynski32

Beautiful Night Photo33

Bob Long Jr5034

Beautiful Night Photo35

Victor Shilo36

Beautiful Night Photo37

Kirk Marshall1154038

Beautiful Night Photo39

Kirk Marshall1154038

Beautiful Night Photo41

Jim Downie44428

Beautiful Night Photo43

Jim Downie44428

Beautiful Night Photo45

Alice Day46

Beautiful Night Photo47

John Mueller7748

Beautiful Night Photo49

Bob Long Jr5034

Beautiful Night Photo51

Nada Stankova52

Beautiful Night Photo53

Daniel Cheong795410

Beautiful Night Photo55

Earth at Night

Beautiful Night Photo

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 Keller838156

Beautiful Night Photo57

Oliver Wu58

Beautiful Night Photo59

Terri Beitzel60

Beautiful Night Photo61

_oriana.italy_

Beautiful Night Photo

Gerrit Wenz

Beautiful Night Photo

M’s vision62

Beautiful Night Photo63

Kevin McNeal
706664

Beautiful Night Photo65

Kevin McNeal
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Beautiful Night Photo67

Mac_Raw68

Beautiful Night Photo69

Kevin McNeal
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Beautiful Night Photo71

Adam Blenford72

Beautiful Night Photo73

Brian Auer74

Beautiful Night Photo

Wes Thomas75

Beautiful Night Photo76

John Mueller7748

Beautiful Night Photo78

Daniel Cheong795410

Beautiful Night Photo80

Toby Keller838156

Beautiful Night Photo82

Toby Keller838156

Beautiful Night Photo84

Bob West87856

Beautiful Night Photo86

Bob West87856

Beautiful Night Photo88

Northern Lights Link

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

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Beautiful Night Photo89

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Beautiful Night Photo90

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Beautiful Night Photo91

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Beautiful Night Photo92

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Beautiful Night Photo93

Max Waugh9694

Beautiful Night Photo95

Max Waugh9694

Beautiful Night Photo97

Storms Link

Dramatic thunderstorms are captured using slow shutter speeds.

Nigel Midwinter98

Beautiful Night Photo99

Jose Maria Cuellar1002018

Beautiful Night Photo101

Geoff Coleman110104102

Beautiful Night Photo103

Geoff Coleman110104102

Beautiful Night Photo105

Christophe Paquignon106

Beautiful Night Photo107

Heavenly Bodies Link

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

Matthías Ásgeirsson113108

Beautiful Night Photo109

Geoff Coleman110104102

Beautiful Night Photo111

Neil Creek

Beautiful Night Photo112

Fireworks Link

Another popular subject for night photographers.

Matthías Ásgeirsson113108

Beautiful Night Photo114

Kirk Marshall1154038

Beautiful Night Photo116

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.”

Troy Paiva119117

Beautiful Night Photo118

Troy Paiva119117

Beautiful Night Photo120

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.”

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Beautiful Night Photo122

Anthony James129127125123121

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Last Click Link

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  1. 1

    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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  2. 2

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

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  3. 3

    The first one is absolutely beautiful.

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  4. 4

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

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  5. 5

    Thank you for posting these stunning photos. :)

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  6. 6

    @mikemike

    egh… no insult, but that’s only you

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  7. 7

    I wonder…..
    no words

    Thanks for this spectacular collection,

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    Muhammad Ahmad

    November 9, 2008 8:56 pm

    love the collection

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  9. 9

    beautiful!

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  10. 10

    Nice collection. Love the ALTA VISTA.

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  11. 11

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

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  12. 12

    Absolutely sensational, really beautiful work

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  13. 13

    ESPECTACULAR!!

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  14. 14

    Nice!! Really inspiring.

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  15. 15

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

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  16. 16

    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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  17. 17

    Absolutely fantastic collection!

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

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  20. 20

    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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  21. 21

    good pics

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  22. 22

    @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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  23. 23

    Great collection of beautiful photographs!

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  24. 24

    that’s good!

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  25. 25

    Always amazed by your collections!

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  26. 26

    great collections..beautiful images…

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  27. 27

    very very well!

    i love smashing

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  28. 28

    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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  29. 29

    beautiful.

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  30. 30

    awesome

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  31. 31

    Absolutely fantastic

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  32. 32

    Reminds me how an incredible place the world can be

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  33. 33

    Rune Gisladottir

    November 10, 2008 4:58 am

    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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  34. 34

    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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  35. 35

    Love the Alcove photo. Great composition and color.

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  36. 36

    Simply awesome fotographs!!!

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  38. 38

    Does anyone know who is credited for the “Alcove” photo? I looked at some of his/her other work, and it is amazing. I want some prints!

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  39. 39

    oh really beautiful night photos

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  40. 40

    Very god artist

    Felicidades

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  41. 41

    Very nice work, but as a whole it tends to look like an exercise in cranking the saturation up to 11.

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  42. 42

    Pretty neat!
    I agree to Stijn though…
    the Alcove picture is not a night shot!

    edit: I did have a look at Alcove’s photos… most of them are clearly PS edited. The photo in this collection also looked way to good… though i don’t mind a slight work over, i reckon his shots show he’s good at PS rather than at photography!

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  43. 43

    the alcove picture is not night photography, it’s not supposed to be included since the post is about night photography although it’s nice. Great post anyway, some of the photos are really stunning and inspiring.

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  44. 44

    Aren’t they highly photoshop’ed?

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  45. 45

    that was my question too, can´t believe this all was done without using photoshop…
    i mean some pictures made me speachless and would see hanging on my wall. really inspiring post sm, thanks alot

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  46. 46

    Very nice Pictures, I love them but I have to say they are so…. unreal. I see a lot of PS

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  47. 47

    5/10 SM

    Some very nice pics in here. But also some VERY photoshop heavy pics, and also a lot of the pics have a very amateur quality to them imho. The ones that did stand out to me are very beautiful.

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  48. 48

    Great photography. Good work keep it up

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  49. 49

    are you kidding me?

    November 12, 2008 8:23 pm

    These images are *horrible* examples of night photography. I agree with the person above, hdr is terrible. Anyone can take a fantasy picture with an expensive digital and some hdr software. Composition, style, and content are lacking in almost every one of these images.

    Even Stieglitz would have hated this crap.

    -2
  50. 50

    hdr is lame, those images all look shopped, unoriginal, and over-saturated, unrealistic.

    get a film camera, learn how to use it. put down the computer, nerds.

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  51. 51

    Some of these are good. A lot of them are pretty boring. Stick to design articles, Smashing.

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  52. 52

    claro

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  53. 53

    Oleg aka Xtraboy

    November 14, 2008 1:41 am

    Troy Paiva is the Best! thanx for sharing! Beautiful images!

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    Mohummad Omar Masood

    November 19, 2008 7:22 am

    outstanding prortionate compositions great enthusiastic approaches towards cliking subject s wel done

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  56. 56

    my nightphotography inspiration for today. stunning work. keep it up.
    cheers peter

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  57. 57

    beautiful

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  58. 58

    I dig the Aurora Borealis photos.

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  59. 59

    tung qa po ban si je aje mir

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  60. 60

    TODAS LAS IMAGENS ESTAN CHIDAS

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  61. 61

    Charles Lloyd

    January 19, 2009 2:30 pm

    I hope these are to your liking as well:

    Link [gallery.me.com]

    Click any thumbnail to see slideshow.

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  62. 62

    cool ;)

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  63. 63

    gile bener………………….!!

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  64. 64

    ~uapik tenan…

    i love most of those pics…
    keep it up..

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  65. 65

    all theses pictures are great. i like the fireworks alot.

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  66. 66

    Beautiful pictures, thanks.
    Now I just want to try a few tonight, we have a full moon in California…

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  67. 67

    night crawler

    August 28, 2009 3:29 pm

    Amazing! Love the pictures.

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  68. 68

    Woooooooooww.. Xcellent :)

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  69. 69

    Luis Paula "Brasil"

    April 30, 2010 5:20 am

    Fantastic 5*

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  70. 70

    Andres Breijo

    July 3, 2010 1:00 pm

    Magnífica selección de imagenes de grandes fotográfos. A algunos tengo la suerte de conocerlos.

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  71. 71

    i want to be a good photographer.. :(

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  72. 72

    i want to be a good photographer.. :(

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  73. 73

    Hatsoff

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  74. 74

    There are several decent pictures but the mediocre ones bring the good ones down — the end result, this series fails as a whole.

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  75. 75

    Hi, My name is Bruce Mineo. I found these beautiful pictures on your site and would like to inquire about a few of them. I like to sing and you tube is where I would like to show them as I sing ,Stand By Me. Its a clean, wholesome song, if you havent heard it.Im not connected to any company or recieving any money for this. I just love to sing and the song and those photos would go beautifully together.I would be happy to write each photographers name along with the pictures. Please write back with info for me. Respectfully, Bruce Mineo

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  76. 76

    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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  77. 77

    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.

    -1
  78. 78

    fantastic

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  79. 79

    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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  80. 80

    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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