Night Vi­sion

Go beyond pic­ture-post­card cityscapes with our es­sen­tial guide to five fun photo projects you can try in a sin­gle evening

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Dis­cover five cre­ative ways to shoot the city at night for a fresh take on even the most fa­mil­iar ur­ban land­scapes

Towns and ci­ties ar­guably look at their best – their most invit­ing and ex­cit­ing

– at night. Of course, it’s per­fectly pos­si­ble to shoot stun­ning cityscapes dur­ing the day, too, but un­less the light is just right, and from just the right di­rec­tion, it’s of­ten hard to do a city jus­tice in a pho­to­graph; an iconic sky­line against a deep blue sky that’s dot­ted with crisp white clouds is fine for post­cards, but let’s face it, it’s not ex­actly cre­ative.

The ad­van­tage of shoot­ing at night, of course, is that you don’t have to worry as much about the light, or in­deed the weather. The sort of deep, dusky blue skies you get up to an hour after sun­set on clear evenings are ar­guably the ideal for cityscapes at night, but you can still get amaz­ing re­sults even if it’s com­pletely over­cast and pour­ing with rain, which is more than can be said for pho­tograph­ing cityscapes in the day­time.

Shoot­ing at night will im­prove your cityscapes… well, overnight, but you don’t have to stop there. By think­ing cre­atively, it’s pos­si­ble to go even fur­ther with your images to cap­ture some­thing more ex­cit­ing and orig­i­nal. All it needs is some cre­ative vi­sion.

To help get your started, over the next ten pages we present five ideas for clas­sic cityscapes at night, and then, for each, pro­vide a step-by-step guide to a fresh or cre­ative twist that will help take your own nightscapes to the next level. And re­mem­ber, our sug­ges­tions are just that: sug­ges­tions. For ev­ery cityscape, there are dozens of dif­fer­ent ways to shoot it, and the re­sults you come home with are limited only by your imag­i­na­tion…

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