Nightclub Photography

pasisti

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Hi all!

I was searching for a thread about nightclub photos but couldn't find one. And as they are (usually) about people I then created this one right here. If it's the wrong sub-forum or there already is one, please notify :)

So in this thread you can post your nightclub or nightclub-related photos but also ask and give advice about it and so on! I have to admit that I will mostly be on the receiving end of the advices but I'm hoping there are members with more experience on nightclub photography on these forums.

This weekend I will be taking some photos for a friend/colleague who is organizing a dance festival. It's a kizomba/zouk/bachata festival so the athmosphere will be very sensual (read: dark!). I was there yesterday and I will be there on Sunday. The problem I noticed very early is that there is so little light compared to "normal" nightclub parties! Of course, I could have set up my flash but as the party is supposed to be so sensual I thought that flash would be kind of fighting against it. Both during the party but also in the pictures (I'm not that good with a flash). So, I ended up trying to keep manual focus in near-black conditions and wait for the running nightclub lights to pop on the dancers or towards the camera, whichever I was going for at the time. Here are four of the 7-10 pictures from last night that worked for me. Please give feedback and advice if you have some ideas how to work even better in these conditions! Today I will be taking photos of a salsa big band night that I have been kind of organizing. There will at least be stage lights so taking photos of the bands should be pretty straightforward!

My equipment for this weekend: Olympus E-PL3, O25/1.8 and O45/1.8. How I wished to have a camera with the new 16mp sensor last night! My ISO had to be around 1600-2000 all the time even with the f/1.8 on the lenses and the shutter speed just fast enough to freeze some movement (30-50). Luckily some smoothing worked OK on this kind of pictures so I could get rid of some if the noise.

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AfroLatin Flow 1 by matiasloyt, on Flickr

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AfroLatin Flow 2 by matiasloyt, on Flickr

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AfroLatin Flow 3 by matiasloyt, on Flickr

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AfroLatin Flow 4 by matiasloyt, on Flickr

PS. Am I attaching the images OK? Should I have used some different way or a different size for the flickr thumbnails?
 

hazwing

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Very difficult conditions to shoot in... It's so hard when there's minimal light but you still need a decent shutter speed to freeze action.
 

pasisti

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That's true! Luckily the dances at that party were slow and sensual so I could get away with very low shutter speeds (1/60). Last night I was at the salsa big band gig and if I wanted to capture the dancers there I needed more speed. Fortunately they had way more light. And the band was of course perfectly lit. Pictures on that and the kizomba party of tonight will follow tomorrow :)
 

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Is this thread exclusively for night clubs or for low-light events? I've got to admit I would love tips on low-light shooting in night clubs, concerts, bars, festivals without a flash. I am new to photography and picked up the E-PM1 with 14-42 and then the 20mm f1.7 and 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 right afterwards. I also have a 9mm BCL arriving at my front door today. Here are some of my photos that might fit the subject at hand:

These photos were uploaded to Facebook, downloaded, and re-uploaded to Flickr so they might not be the best quality:

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These aren't the typical "night club" photos that I'm used to seeing.
 

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