34 Magical Photos of Cityscapes at Night

A city during the night is a very different place than during the day. Dull streets and office blocks turn into exciting places as soon as it gets dark. For photographers, this change in mood is a great opportunity to shoot another side of the city.

Night photography can be difficult at first. It will take some time before your pictures reflect the feel of a city at night. A good start is to find a location with a view and lots of light. If there’s a busy road, or water that reflects the light, even better. Take a tripod along and experiment with different settings.

Here are a few links to resources for getting started, or for improving your night city photography.

tuts+ — How to Get Outstanding Urban Night Photographs
This blog post gives you useful tips and ideas on photographing a city at night.

Exposure Guide — Cityscape Photography Tips
This guide has recommendations for camera settings when shooting at night. It gives you the settings for each photo subject you’ll find in a city at night, from bridges to people.

500px — 12 Expert Tips For Photographing Cityscapes At Night
These 12 tips will help you take your photos of cityscapes at night to the next level. The post covers the actual shooting of cityscapes, as well as tips for post-processing.

Cityscapes at Night

These photos of cityscapes at night were selected from our Flickr group.

Christopher – Granite Reflections
cityscape Chicago at night

Jeremy Lusk – The View From My Room
cityscape New York at night

Paul Shears – City Giants
cityscape London at night

Khalid Almasoud – Kuwait City
cityscape Kuwait City at night

Christopher – Above the City Lights
cityscape Chicago at night

Jens Fersterra – city glow
cityscape Berlin at night

Carina – city hall Philadelphia
cityscape Philadelphia at night

Jens Fersterra – electric city
cityscape Berlin at night

Ken Lane – City Of Denver Colorado in Blue Hour (Long Exposure)
cityscape Denver at night

Richard Ricciardi – City Hall Philadelphia – Broad Street
cityscape Philadelphia at night

Eric – Singapore River
cityscape Singapore at night

Ken Shelton – City Lines
cityscape Los Angeles at night

Nicholas Tan – Hong Kong City Night View
cityscape Hong Kong at night

Paul Shears – Twilight Reflections
cityscape London at night

Christopher – Morning Commute
cityscape Chicago at night

Christopher – Seeing Lights
cityscape Chicago at night

Carina Follow – Philadelphia
cityscape Philadelphia at night

Chris White – City Lights
cityscape Auckland at night

Jens Fersterra – burj khalifa
cityscape Dubai at night

Jens Fersterra – dubai urban landscape
cityscape Dubai at night

Paul Shears – Twilight At The Basin
cityscape London at night

Cat Girl 007 — Denver Skyline
cityscape Denver at night

Andy PARANT — Tokyo
cityscape Tokyo at night

Jens Fersterra — dubai marina
cityscape Dubai at night

Ken Lane — Seattle Skyline Blue Hour from Kerry Park
cityscape Seattle at night

RICOW.de — potsdamer platz IV
cityscape Berlin at night

RICOW.de — Queensboro Bridge
cityscape New York at night

Jens Fersterra — sheikh zayed lightstream
cityscape Dubai at night

Jens Fersterra — citylights II
cityscape Berlin at night

samiKoo — Cityscape
cityscape Melbourne at night

Jacek — L I G H T S L I N E S II
cityscape at night

Christopher — Sweet Home Chicago
cityscape Chicago at night

Jens Fersterra — berlin night traffic
cityscape Berlin at night

Paul Shears — The Docks Ponorama
cityscape London at night