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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…

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…

How to get an extra $200 spending money for the holiday shopping season

With the holidays coming up soon, how would you like to get an extra $200 spending money? Sound interesting? Well then review how much you've been spending quarterly and check if you're going to be spending at least $500 within the next 3 months. Would you be able to put those expenses on a credit card? Are you be able to pay off your credit card balance in full each month? If so, check out the Chase Freedom Unlimited credit card. Earn $200 cash back after spending $500 within 3 months from account opening. If you meet the minimum spend requirement of $500 before the closing date for the first month, then you could possibly get the $200 bonus during the first statement.For full transparency, I can get a referral bonus if you use my referral link. Once you have the card, you can start referring people and get a referral bonus too!Earn $200 cash back with Chase Freedom Unlimited.

Make money by spending money buying an expensive camera lens

You've been eyeing that Canon "L" lens, but you're somewhat low on funds especially with the holidays coming up soon. Would you like to be able to buy that lens and not go broke? If you answered "yes" then I've got some great news for you! Yes, it's possible to buy that "L" lens you've been coveting and make money by spending money! How? Through credit card sign up bonuses!Since you're doing nightclub photography or photography in general as a side hustle or maybe even as your full time job, then you would qualify for a business credit card.For full transparency, I will receive a referral bonus if you use the referral links used in this post.Open a Chase Ink Business Preferred credit cardEarn 80,00 bonus points (equivalent to $800) with the Chase Ink Business Preferred credit card after spending $5,000 in the first three months your account is open.The $5,000 minimum spend to earn the $800 bonus may seem daunting, but it's real…

The domain is for sale

After much deliberation, I have decided to sell my domain,, because I never got around to developing a site for it. I figured that another nightclub photographer out there could benefit from having an easy to remember domain name.When I did some research on the best places to sell a domain name, Sedo was usually in the top ten list. If you or anyone you know might be interested in purchasing an awesome domain name like, please go to my parked page at Sedo.Thank you so much!

Ultimate Lens for Nightclub Photography

The ultimate lens for nightclub photography would have to be very versatile. It would have to be able to handle wide shots of big groups and close up shots of one person in a nightclub environment. It should be able to shoot at a fixed aperture of f/2.8.Because nightclubs can get really packed and there may be not much room to move, use a zoom lens for the ultimate flexibility in getting a wide array of different shots without the trouble of changing lenses.The ideal lens for nightclub photography is a fast (f/2.8) zoom lens in the 17-50mm focal length for a cropped camera body and a zoom lens in the 24-70mm focal length for a full frame camera body.The ultimate nightclub photography lens for Canon is the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens for a cropped camera body and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens for a full frame camera body.Honorable MentionsLenses for a Cropped Camera BodyTamron 17-50mm lensSigma 17-50mm lensLenses for a Full Frame Camera BodyTamron 24-70…