I can remember a street dance in my hometown decades ago. It was obviously one of the highlights of that early teenage life as I recall a lot of it in vivid detail, right down to what I was wearing. To give you a hint as to what era we're talking about here, it was pink hot pants and white go-go-boots.
There was something about taking music and dancing out in the open that seemed to notch up the entertainment factor. The looks on faces against the backdrop of a night sky are snippets of memory caught forever in my mind.
Several years later, when newly dating my future husband, we attended a 'fun and frolic' at the rural schoolhouse he had attended as a youth. The same aura of frivolity, the same carefree ambiance existed in a very different place from the crowded urban street where I had danced before.
Over the decades since, my guy and I have attended many outdoor venues where people gather for the love of music or a celebration of summer. Always a people watcher, and now a bit of an amateur shutterbug, I am always inspired by the faces around me.
I am, however, a little short on photography experience when it comes to capturing great pictures in the dark. With many night events planned for over the next few weeks, I have plenty of opportunities to practise, though. And with help from these informative websites there's no excuse for not having a bit more knowledge beforehand:
How to Photograph People at Night Without Flash
10 Tips for Street Night Photography
Taking Good Portraits at Night
Night Photography Tips and Techniques
How To Take Pictures at Night Without a Tripod
Ultimate Guide to Taking Portraits at Night
Night Photography Tips of People and Monuments