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Ultimate Nightclub Photography Equipment

If I had $3,000 to spend on nightclub photography equipment, this is what I would buy. The equipment below would give me the best deal for the money. Keep on reading below to find out why.Camera Body: Canon 6D Mark IILens: Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM or Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USMFlash: Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RTCamera Body: Canon 6D Mark IIThe 6D Mark II is one of the newest and most affordable full frame DSLR from Canon. It has over 26 megapixels designed to create high-resolution and detailed images. It has a 3" vari-angle touch screen LCD that makes it easier to shoot from a high or low angle without having to look through the view finder.Lens: Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS II USMIt's not the fastest lens, but it's more affordable than the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L lens. It's the best multi-purpose lens for a full frame camera. It's wide enough for nightclub photography and gives you a little more in the telephoto side. The image stabilization helps too.If you need some…

Transition from being a nightclub photographer to an event photographer

Based on the Google search results I see when searching for "nightclub photography," it looks like nightclub photography got started or became more mainstream around 2006 when a basic DSLR kit became more affordable. However, with the proliferation of smart phones and the cameras on these smart phones getting better and better each year, it looks like nightclub photography finally reached its peak and has been slowly dying since around 2015 in many major cities in the United States. For example, I don't see many gig postings for nightclub photographers anymore. I also don't see new posts in online forums about nightclub photography.I know that the main content for this site is nightclub photography and the main audience are nightclub photographers, but I will be pivoting some of the topics that will be covered in the future to go along with the changing times. I will cover how to transition from being a nightclub photographer to an event photographer. Topics will inc…

Nikon School Online is free for the month of April 2020

Nikon is providing all of their courses free for the entire month of April in 2020. Being stuck at home during the coronavirus lockdown doesn't mean that we can't improve our photography skills. Stay inspired, engaged, and keep on growing as a photographer. Check it out.Nikon School Online - Free Online Courses for April 2020

Nightclub Photography in the Time of the Coronavirus

SXSW was canceled. March Madness and other sporting events have been canceled. Schools are closing for a couple of weeks. Restrictions and bans have been placed on travel. Nightclubs and bars are also closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. They're all being closed during this time to prevent lots of people from congregating into enclosed spaces where the coronavirus could be potentially passed on to many people especially since infected people may not necessarily be showing symptoms. People are now sheltering in place.What can nightclub photographers do if they can't make pictures at nightclubs due to the closure? Nightclub photographers have to adapt and use their photography skills doing other types of photography. We have to do photography that does not involve people and photography that can be done at home while we're all sheltering in place.One type of photography that could be done in the comfort of your own home and does not involve photographing people would be p…

Learning the Basics of Photography

The primary reason why I made the ultimate nightclub and nightlife photography website is to consolidate all the useful information when it comes to nightclub photography tips, tricks, techniques, and how to's into one place. It's the most comprehensive free guide on the internet on how make your nightclub and nightlife photos look amazing!I'm a self-taught photographer and much of what I learned came from browsing through a lot of websites. I thought that I'd share some of the links I found useful in learning the basics of photography since I don't really cover them on my website.Creative LivePhotography Tips Techniques and TutorialsPhotography Composition ArticlesPhoto.Net - Learn About Photography

Nightclub Photography Cheat Sheet: advanced nightclub photography techniques

Advanced Nightclub Photography TechniquesI'm going to provide tips on how to shoot amazing nightclub pictures and some examples with the settings I used.Pay attention to the light; make sure that there is some light behind your subjectYou should position yourself so that the light is behind the subject. Use a slow shutter speed and set your flash to 2nd or rear curtain sync. The flash will illuminate the subject while you're capturing colorful backgrounds from the ambient lighting. Aperture: f/4
Shutter speed: 1/3 sec
ISO: 800

Drag the shutter, use 2nd/rear curtain sync on your flash, and move the camera aroundDragging the shutter means having a slower shutter speed to let more ambient light in. You would get some interesting light trails by moving the camera around: left to right, right to left, up down, clockwise, counter clockwise, rotate the camera from portrait to landscape, zoom the lens in/out, etc.Turn pictures like this: Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter speed: 1/5 sec
ISO: 800

Nightclub Photography Cheat Sheet: the settings to use for capturing the fun of the nightlife

Capture the Fun of the NightlifeCandid pictures of people dancingBartenders shaking and pouring drinksPeople taking shots, having fun, laughing and smilingDJs jamming while they're mixingPosed pictures of groups of three or morePosed pictures of couplesPictures of good looking peopleCamera and Exposure Settings for Nightclub PhotographyMode: M (Manual)Shoot using manual mode so that you can control the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.Aperture: f/2.8 to f/5.6Shoot wide open at f/2.8 or at the widest aperture available for your lens when photographing individuals and at f/5.6 for large groups of 3 or more people. Shooting at f/4 works when photographing two people.Shutter Speed: varies (usually somewhere between 1/2 - 1/40 sec)It depends on the room lighting and the mood being captured. The shutter speed is usually on the slower side (dragging the shutter) to let more ambient light in.Note that these are just guidelines and not rules on how to get proper exposure in a nightclub env…

Nightclub Photography Cheat Sheet: camera equipment for nightclub photography

Camera Equipment for Nightclub PhotographyDigital SLRZoom LensExternal FlashMemory CardsExtra batteries for the camera and flashRemember that good photography doesn't necessarily depend on the best and most expensive camera equipment, but the photographer behind the camera. Better equipment helps get great results easier when it's in the right hands.Digital SLRA high end point and shoot even the ones that have a hot shoe to attach a flash unit is not adequate for nightclub photography. You need to have at least an entry level digital SLR. Digital SLRs can focus faster and shoot faster with the press of the shutter button. If you have to choose between getting a better DSLR camera body or a better lens, get the entry level DSLR and buy a better lens. Entry level DSLRs are quite affordable and packed with features these days. Check out my free nightclub photography course to learn more about the different camera bodies and find out which one suits your needs.Zoom LensUse a zoom …

Canon mirrorless cameras for nightclub photography

I'm going to be discussing the different levels of Canon mirrorless cameras in this post: entry-level, mid-range, and high-end. Mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC) are becoming more mainstream with more people now switching over. One of the main selling points and advantage for switching to MILC is that they're lighter and smaller. How would they perform for nightclub photography?Entry-Level: Canon EOS M100 or Canon EOS M200The Canon EOS M100 is an entry-level mirrorless camera that does not have a large rubber grip, multiple control dials, or a hot shoe. The EOS M100 has a 24.2 MP APS-C sensor and features the DIGIC 7 image processor.The Canon EOS M200 is the replacement for the Canon EOS M100. It's slightly better and features the DIGIC 8 image processor.Because both of these mirrorless cameras don't have a hot shoe flash, they would not perform well in nightclub photography. The built in flash is not good enough to produce the desired image. The auto focus…

Nightclub and Nightlife Photography Inspiration

Happy new year!I figured that the best way to start of the new year is to showcase some of the nightclub and nightlife photographers who do amazing work.Check out these amazing nightclub and nightlife photographers listed below and prepare to get inspired!Anton KlinkDaria Nagovitz - Los Angeles Nightlife PhotographerDrew ResslerLee TickettMarc de GrootFlickr GroupPlease check out my free nightclub photography course if you'd like to learn how to achieve similar results. Get your learn on!

NYE Party Photography Tips

Photographing a New Year's Eve party or a typical holiday party has a lot of similarities with nightclub photography. One of the main differences between a New Year's Eve party and a nightclub is that the guests are going to be dressed better. Women are going to be wearing elegant dresses and the gentlemen are going to look sharper and dapper in their suits.The techniques used for shooting nightclub photography would still apply to NYE parties.Pay attention to the light. Afterall, photography means "painting with light." Awesome light can make or break the picture. Drag the shutter and use 2nd/rear curtain sync on your flash to help you paint with light.Bounce the flash off the ceiling or wall at various angles when shooting with the flash on the camera. If you have the necessary equipment, shoot with the flash off the camera to give you dramatic results.Experiment with angles. Try shooting men from a lower angle to give them that superhero/James Bond kind of vibe in…