In cinematography , night-for-night filming is the name given to the practice of filming night scenes at night.

In the early days of cinema, before the invention of the proper lighting systems, night scenes were filmed ” day-for-night ” –that is, they were filmed during the day, and the film was “corrected”, with a polarized lens on the movie camera , or via a variety of post-production techniques. Day-for-night shooting is still used in low-budget movies.