In a recent article for the Wall Street Journa, I wrote that cities with good night photography are the ones that can boast some of the most beautiful nights.
So I set out to test my theory on the best places to shoot a nightscape in each city.
As with any piece of photography, there are certain areas where it’s easier to be good, while others are a bit more challenging.
Here are the cities I tested: Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
The goal of this article was to get a general idea of how well each city’s night photography has performed.
To get a sense of how different cities are when it comes to night photography, I used my own personal Nightscape Guide, a map from the website Nightscape.me, and a Nightscape database that I used to search for nights in each location.
This data allowed me to compare night photography in each of these cities against each other and with other night photography sources, like Instagram, to see how much they’ve improved over the past few years.
Paris and London have had the biggest improvement in night photography.
London has gotten better at night photography since it opened its own night scene in 2016, but Paris has had a steady rise since 2014.
Paris has also had a significant increase in the number of photos taken from rooftop locations since 2014, which I believe has helped Paris’s nightscape stand out.
London and Paris also share a few common features in their nightscape: they’re both in the center of Paris, and both have a lot of natural light.
Paris also has a lot more street lighting and an urban park that serves as an alternative to a city park.
London is also a large city with a large number of public transport options, which can also help its nightscape.
Paris’s cityscape is a bit less populated, but it still has a large park and lots of public transportation options.
New York City is not as far from the center as Paris and it is much more urban, but New York is also much smaller, so the nightscape is still a bit underrepresented.
Paris still has some urban areas and the city park is not the same.
However, New Yorkers are generally more accepting of street photography than Londoners, and it shows in the photo quality of the photos.
Los Angeles is in the middle of nowhere, but there are plenty of natural lights and a relatively small city.
Los Angels is a great place to shoot for nightscapes, and there are lots of outdoor spots.
Los Angles has a bit of an urban vibe and also has some of those natural light areas.
Los Alamos, New Mexico, is just over a mile from the city center, but you have to drive to the city to get to the night scene.
New Mexico is also an interesting case study, as it is so far away from downtown and it has a fairly large amount of natural lighting, which makes it a great location to shoot.
New Orleans, on the other hand, is a little further from downtown than Los Angeles and has a few natural light spots, but that doesn’t really help it stand out as much as other night scenes.
San Francisco is a city with lots of buildings, so it has plenty of opportunities to create interesting nightscaping.
But San Francisco also has one of the biggest nightscaped areas in the country, so its night scene can’t stand out too much.
L.A. is home to a number of night scenes, but most of them are in a relatively urban area.
New South Wales is also home to an urban area and plenty of outdoor space.
And of course, we can’t forget the Pacific Northwest.
The Pacific Northwest has a huge amount of night photography to choose from, and we can find a few good examples of nightscapers in Seattle, Vancouver, and Portland.
As you can see, night photography is pretty much everywhere.
Nightscapes can vary quite a bit from place to place, but when it’s all said and done, it’s pretty easy to find the perfect night scene for your location.
If you have any questions about night photography or any other subject in photography, let me know in the comments below.
This article was written by Lauren O’Brien, an associate editor at The Wall St Journal.
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