Light is a crucial component of photography, so shooting at night or in low light presents a particular challenge. But night photography provides a unique set of creative opportunities. Subtly lit portraits against a dark backdrop can have a magical quality while also effectively isolating the main subject within a scene. Nocturnal animals give a different slant to wildlife photography, while night-time cityscapes bask in their very own light show. For truly majestic splendour, you can turn your gaze to the skies and capture the Milky Way.
The blue hour of twilight before the sun rises or after it sets is a favourite for many photographers. There's still some natural lighting to bring out detail, while city lights tend to bathe scenes in a warm glow. The deep blue in the sky also adds a dramatic touch. However, the blue hour can be very short depending on the global latitude of your location and the time of the year, and you might only have a few minutes to take full advantage of the best lighting. It's best to plan ahead by looking up the sunrise and sunset times and scouting out locations in advance for where you want to shoot.
Also, bear in mind that you might have frost and dew to contend with, so it's advisable to pack warm or waterproof clothes. While many Canon cameras and lenses feature comprehensive weather-seals, a large umbrella is good for keeping your kit dry.