Daytime photo tricks don't always translate when you're trying to capture the perfect night shot. The Photography Bay web site outlines tips for taking a stellar post-sunset shot without relying on a tripod or expensive flash system.
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We've outlined some night photo tips before, but The Photography Bay has some worthy additions. Among the tips is to increase your camera's ISO—but considering the camera in question before doing so.
If you've got something like the Canon T1i, Nikon D300, or Nikon D90 then you can probably afford to crank the ISO up to 800 or 1600 and still get very clean and beautiful shots. In which case, you can hand-hold the camera and look through the viewfinder to compose your shots.
The post also recommends never to shoot on auto, only manual, aperture, or program modes. Certain weather conditions—rain, for one—are also advantageous for taking night shots because they double the available lighting. Hit up the full post for the complete list of tips, then come back and share your own night shooting pearls of wisdom in the comments below.