In recent weeks a lot of of colleagues and Facebook friends have been playing with night-time photography. I had set aside an on-line article from Consumer Reports that I thought would be useful for some who are stepping into this type of photography... Tips: How to shoot super night photos
The topics the author, Terry Sullivan, presented include: Bring an advanced camera and the right accessories andISOs, metering and other camera settings. Terry presensts several practical tips like "You simply can't hand-hold a camera very still for that long. But on Saturday, I forgot to bring my tripod. So I rigged one by turning a garbage can upside-down and placing the SLR on top" and "When you shoot night photos, choose a location where there aren't a lot of street lights or buildings around. I was in a large yard in a very rural area, which let me move around to get a better shot. You could also try a local soccer or football field."
You will find the complete article by Terry Sullivan on the Consumer Reports site here - Tips: How to shoot super night photos
If you're interested in night-time shooting, take a look on the Web for helpful techniques to get you started, such as the New York Institute of Photography's website, Cambridge in Colour's site, and Popular Photography's site.