Typepad Import Image

Troy McCullough used a Canon PowerShot SX200 IS and manually set its exposure to 15 sec at f/3.4, ISO 100.

Most photographers feel that they have two choices at night: Using a harsh electronic flash or lugging a tripod along. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get great pictures after dark.

The trick? Finding tripod substitutes. Tree limbs, park benches, tables, railings, rocks, and light posts can all make decent supports for satisfyingly sharp photography after the sun has set.