For the lights to be captured correctly the shutter speed needs to be made longer. Depending on the light the ideal shutter speed should be at least 10-15 seconds or longer.
As I will be taking the photos at night there needs to be as much light captured as possible. determined on the amount of light the aperture should be set anywhere between f/8 and f/16.
Kept as low as possible the ISO should be set on 100.
These are the recommended settings however I will experiment with different variations to see the different outcomes and learn what is most affective.
Best time of day
The best time of day would be from sundown to night. this way there is just enough light available to create the desired affect.
Some professional examples of what I would like to create:
“The main thing to keep in mind while deciding on the correct exposure is how to capture both the shadows as well as the highlights. If you are successful in obtaining the right shadows, you will be able to produce an excellent night scene that will win you compliments. When taking long exposures, the key is to keep the shutter open only long enough for the desired effect. If you keep the shutter open too long, you’ll lose the details in whatever light source is illuminating your subject, and you might even lose the ability to identify what the subject is. When trying to create a light trail, the shutter should be open for at least 1 second, and therefore requires a tripod. Use shutter priority mode and start with 1 second shutter speed and see what the result is; if the trail is too short, add 2 seconds, and then keep adding 2 seconds until you get the lighting effect that you want (the beauty of digital photography is that you’ll know immediately). If you have too much blurring, then your shutter was open too long, and you need to dial it back down maybe a full second.”
“In addition to your digital camera, you need a sturdy tripod to take good night photographs. This will ensure you stabilize your camera firmly, thereby avoiding blurriness in your pictures. In order to practice night photography, your camera must have the option for manually setting the shutter speed and aperture.”