Just because the sun goes to sleep and the moon comes out to play, it doesn't mean you have to pack your camera away. You can get some fascinating photos under the moon and starlit sky, with the moon and stars themselves being willing models. You can of course, also use flashes and artificial light sources. You can also photograph firework displays and lightning storms to good effect at night.
To take good night photos with film, you must know what speed of film to use along with aperture settings and shutter speeds, as it can get confusing. It may seem odd to you that to properly photograph lightning, which is one of nature's fastest moving things, you need to use a slow shutter speed. It may take you a little while to get the hang of it, so research is a good idea.
Manual cameras are actually better for night use as you can adjust the settings. A tripod to hold the camera steady and a release cable to hold the shutter open are also recommended. If you use high speed film to get decent night shots they will need a long exposure, so you may as well use medium or slow film as they offer better quality results.
Exposures for night photographs can range from a few seconds to several hours. Use common sense while taking night photos. It's a good idea to work in pairs and don't wander too far off the beaten track. Make sure you take a flashlight with you and dress appropriately.