One of my favorite times to shoot is late at night. Yeah, I know... how the heck do you shoot in the dark?? If I had a nickel for every time I was asked that question, I could likely afford a Timmie's or two. Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, night shooting is quite common and not as hard as it looks. Oops!! I think I just let the cat out of the bag!!
With the dramatic results that one can achieve, I think it's something that all photo enthusiasts should try. The major essentials for night shooting are a tripod and a good working knowledge of exposure and how to control it on your camera. If you have that, all it takes is some experimenting and you may surprise yourself. Don't be afraid of the dark... that bump in the night is likely just me tripping over my bag in the dark. :)