Last year I registered and took part in an online workshop via Skillshare entitled Shooting In The Dark: Intro to Night photography conducted by Chris Ozer. At night, things are slower. There's less interruptions, you can honestly take your time framing the shot you want and it's generally quieter. "Learning how to shoot night photography will have you thinking of fun and unique ways of capturing light to create stunning images and will improve your photo skills in the process" which is exactly what I wanted.
Part of the class consisted of taking what we had grasped and create a set of images shot at night that could have included landscape long exposures, light trails or portraits and subsequently evaluate our work by providing critique and constructive feedback. Needless to say I never got around to submitting anything because when you have a 2-year old to care for, venturing out carefree as I once use to is no longer as easy and straightforward.
On the same night that we experimented with steel wool long exposures, I took the liberty to give night photography a trial. As you well know, light is everything in the photographic equation so the lack of it presented obvious problems that I finally got to experience. The equipment I used as far as the Vello Remote Switch, a $45 tripod from BestBuy were vital but I'm learning that what has potential to set your nigh photos apart from others is location, location, location.