I'm curious to see what are people do for Twilight shots when the street lights are on? Sometimes the street lights turn on before it even gets dark and ruin my shot. The whole scene becomes really orange, and there is no way I can fix it even in post production because I lose information from other color values.
What is a good time to go before the light turns on?
The ideal time for shooting twilight shots is from 15 minutes before sunset to 15 mins after sunset. You don't want to wait until it's "dark".
I have a street light across the street from my office and tonight I noticed that it did not come on until 19 minutes after sunset and when it came on it did not have an uncorrectable effect on the image (click on the photo above). This shot was taken about a minute after the street light came on. It is directly out of my Canon 5DMkII set to Auto WB and no corrections of any kind made. While the effect of the street light does show, I claim that I could take this into Lightroom and crop out the street light, do a few minor adjustments and create an acceptable twilight shot. That said, I'd be inclined to shoot the twilight shot about 5 minutes earlier that this. Before it got this dark.
My guess is that you are shooting way too late. This is a very common mistake. The longer you wait after sunset the more the street light will dominate the color balance.
The process I suggest is as follows:
Does anyone else have suggestions for Andy?