One of the best ways to take dramatic photos of the continually active Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is to go on a twilight tour of the Hawaii National Volcanoes National Park with the tour company, Hawaii Forest & Trail (808-331-8505). Their expert guides take you up close and personal to allow you to see the orange glow of lava on Kilauea.
To capture the drama and intensity of the nightly volcanic eruptions, use your tripod and set your camera on manual to control your aperature and shutter speed. I shot this photo with my Canon 7D at 100 ISO and used my 100-400 mm lens to pull in the details. My aperture worked best at F9 with a slow shutter speed at 30 seconds. I also used a cable release which helps immensely when doing night shots.