Work the night
Take advantage of the fading light and capture atmospheric images
he best time to shoot classic night images is at dusk when the light in the sky balances the ambient light and anything lit by artificial lights. It will be just right for only a few minutes; keep shooting so you don’t miss the moment. When the light has gone from the sky, crop closer onto areas of light so that you fill the frame. Avoid massive areas of inky sky. Combat camera shake by using a tripod and a remote release. If your camera has a mirror lock-up function, it can help.
If you are in the country and there are no floodlit buildings to photograph, you can still work the night by shooting star trails. To do this, I make repeated 30-second exposures then combine them using a free program called StarStax. This makes it easier to balance light levels in the foreground, and if someone walks past the camera with a torch you only have to delete a single frame, not the whole exposure!
EXPOSURE 0.3 sec, f/8, ISO200 LENS Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8
EXPOSURE 1/250 sec, f/6.3, ISO100 LENS Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4