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Old 09-21-2010, 01:40 PM   #1
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Nightclub/ concert photography

So I thought I'd start this thread to see if anyone here does it and if so, any tips for a newbie going into this kind of photography? I'm getting a chance to shoot a local Dj tomorrow night and I was hoping for some quick pointers.
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:00 PM   #2
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Haha, never too late to get the thread going, right?!


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click through my flickr to see moar

What I generally do is use a fast, somewhat wide lens (20-35mm) or a 50 or 85mm for some tighter stuff. I always shoot at maximum aperture, adjust the ISO based on how much ambiance I want to capture and a shutter speed that makes sense (it "makes sense" after some experience). I set my flash to +2/3 FEC - whatever it meters, it will add some more light - this will prevent underexposure and generally make things "pop" a bit more. In some situations you may want to change this, but I'm pretty much locked at +2/3 FEC and I use evaluative flash metering.

If the subject is moving and I want to not get so much blur from their movement and their bright clothes reflecting light and "smearing", I'll boost the ISO and the shutter speed to about 1/40 or so. I generally use ISO 400-1600 and SS of 1 second to 1/4 second - all depends on how the lights are setup at the place and what kind of action is happening - ALWAYS changing settings. Basically, I set everything on the camera manually, but let the E-TTL flash metering do it's thing - it works VERY well in most situations. I don't know what people are complaining about when they talk shit about Canon's flash metering compared to Nikon's

If you're not using a flash:

MiMOSA by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr
Crank the ISO to whatever is necessary to stop whatever action the people are doing - 1/80 should be good if you catch the right moment and are steady, but 1/200 is safer. Luckily MiMOSA has a good stage manager (complete asshole...) and brought some REAL lights for this show :) - him prohibiting flash was very educational for me - the other guys there who used flash anyway got garbage pictures, and were bitched at :)

Get in people's shit! Very few people are hesitant to have their pictures taken, some demand it (which is annoying) People cheer when I appear to take pictures - it's kinda neat :) If you see something awesome happen, get a picture of it. I'd rather have several shots of different groups of people where I can clearly see how hard they're partying compared to a big, wide shot of a bunch of non-descript people. Utilize the goofyness that wide-angle lenses provide when used up close to get some oddball shots:

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^this guy is fucking WASTED everytime I see him, makes for good pictures.

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Old 12-11-2011, 08:34 AM   #3
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Out and about again tonight:













Can't wait to see what their "hired professional" got :D

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Will someone please validate my existence and post a fucking comment?! :D
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Will someone please validate my existence and post a fucking comment?! :D
everyone's too busy fapping to those pictures to post comments about your photography skills.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:26 PM   #6
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Haha, never too late to get the thread going, right?!


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My roommates ^


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click through my flickr to see moar

What I generally do is use a fast, somewhat wide lens (20-35mm) or a 50 or 85mm for some tighter stuff. I always shoot at maximum aperture, adjust the ISO based on how much ambiance I want to capture and a shutter speed that makes sense (it "makes sense" after some experience). I set my flash to +2/3 FEC - whatever it meters, it will add some more light - this will prevent underexposure and generally make things "pop" a bit more. In some situations you may want to change this, but I'm pretty much locked at +2/3 FEC and I use evaluative flash metering.

If the subject is moving and I want to not get so much blur from their movement and their bright clothes reflecting light and "smearing", I'll boost the ISO and the shutter speed to about 1/40 or so. I generally use ISO 400-1600 and SS of 1 second to 1/4 second - all depends on how the lights are setup at the place and what kind of action is happening - ALWAYS changing settings. Basically, I set everything on the camera manually, but let the E-TTL flash metering do it's thing - it works VERY well in most situations. I don't know what people are complaining about when they talk shit about Canon's flash metering compared to Nikon's

If you're not using a flash:

MiMOSA by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr
Crank the ISO to whatever is necessary to stop whatever action the people are doing - 1/80 should be good if you catch the right moment and are steady, but 1/200 is safer. Luckily MiMOSA has a good stage manager (complete asshole...) and brought some REAL lights for this show :) - him prohibiting flash was very educational for me - the other guys there who used flash anyway got garbage pictures, and were bitched at :)

Get in people's shit! Very few people are hesitant to have their pictures taken, some demand it (which is annoying) People cheer when I appear to take pictures - it's kinda neat :) If you see something awesome happen, get a picture of it. I'd rather have several shots of different groups of people where I can clearly see how hard they're partying compared to a big, wide shot of a bunch of non-descript people. Utilize the goofyness that wide-angle lenses provide when used up close to get some oddball shots:

Untitled by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr
^this guy is fucking WASTED everytime I see him, makes for good pictures.
Some great great advice here.
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Great shots, and great advice.

I'll forward the latter to a friend who's experimenting with low-light shots.
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^^ went back and added this one :)


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OP: Get yourself a spedlite or whatever the Nikon equivalent is with a diffuser and a TTL cord. Helped me wonders in party/night club shooting.















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@motorhoney: where did you roomate get a Play Me shirt? I've known Reid for a long time now.
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I've never used any diffusers or TTL cables - not my thang I guess. Couldn't hurt, but I wouldn't recommend them specifically.

I'm not sure where he got the shirt, I guess directly from RS herself but i'm not sure - he's too busy producing right now to ask :D (he's "Oblivion")

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You fuckers asleep or what?


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^^This one's straight out of the camera, no editing.
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I knew he looked familiar.

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i like motor's pics better than eatonrabbit.... that flash ruins the pictures IMO.

where the hell are these clubs tho?
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:58 PM   #17
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My pics are all from the Twin Cities in MN. They're not skanks! :D
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:31 AM   #18
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Not much of a "concert", but a live band at a bar a while back


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Then the next day I took some pics with these chicks again....

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Those were all just lit with the stage-lights. I'd feel like a real douche to be running around poppin' flash at this kinda thing - most stage lighting is setup so that things look pretty good if you find the right angles and stuff.
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:46 AM   #19
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AAAAANNNDDD, just because...


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Datsik - Jammin' by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr
^Datsik's actually a douche IRL, and his stage manager is a complete cunt


Nick Wishard by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr
^Excellent local beat-boxer dubstep guy


Party-hearty by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr


The bad touch... x2 by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr


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AAAAANNNDDD, just because...


Dancin' boys by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr


Datsik - Jammin' by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr
^Datsik's actually a douche IRL, and his stage manager is a complete cunt


Nick Wishard by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr
^Excellent local beat-boxer dubstep guy


Party-hearty by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr


The bad touch... x2 by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr


"Perfection!" by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr


MDMA by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr


Lit up by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr


Brewskie by Erik Lauritsen, on Flickr


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love your pictures dude, what kind of editing do you typically do? i'm a huge fan of the colors and such.
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