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best setting for night club photography? help needed.

 
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Feb 15, 2009 18:20 |  #1

So my friend has asked me to be his photographer at his party which will be in about 3 weeks from now.
It will be my first time shooting pictures in a night club.
Can anyone give me a few pointers and tips to help me with this event?
What camera setting will be best suited?

Here's the equiptment i'll be taking with me.

Canon 50D
Canon 28-135mm with UV filter and hood [for protection]
Speedlite 580exII with omni diffuser [off camera shoe cord needed?]


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Feb 15, 2009 21:52 |  #2

off shoe cord better yeh, but bear in mind both hands will be tried up - hard to have a few drinks;) i shoot mainly in TV on the xti, keepin the shutter open maybe half sec, get some nice ambient in. when shooting djs i try my hardest not to use flash, crank the iso up and even find a surface for the camera to rest on for slower shutter speeds, results generally more interesting. though usually flash will be needed lol.

try and capture the energy of the night, sounds corny but hey!

ps, how long have u had the 50D any probs with it? need to upgrade soon;)

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Feb 16, 2009 02:04 |  #3
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In my honest opinion if you have to be asking those kind of questions you shouldn't be the one she's relying on to shoot her nightclub photos. Tell her to do you both a favor and hire someone else who knows what they're doing, and have yourself come along and learn off of him or her, for practice.


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Feb 16, 2009 02:06 |  #4

Given that nightclubs are usually poorly lit. I reccomend you rent a 35L, and use your flash.


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Feb 17, 2009 08:47 |  #5

rizzo123 wrote in post #7333236 (external link)
off shoe cord better yeh, but bear in mind both hands will be tried up - hard to have a few drinks;) i shoot mainly in TV on the xti, keepin the shutter open maybe half sec, get some nice ambient in. when shooting djs i try my hardest not to use flash, crank the iso up and even find a surface for the camera to rest on for slower shutter speeds, results generally more interesting. though usually flash will be needed lol.

try and capture the energy of the night, sounds corny but hey!

ps, how long have u had the 50D any probs with it? need to upgrade soon;)

http://www.flickr.com/​photos/rizzo1/sets/ (external link)

Ive had the 50D for a few months now and haven't had any problems with it.


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Feb 17, 2009 16:36 |  #6

Kajuah wrote in post #7334545 (external link)
In my honest opinion if you have to be asking those kind of questions you shouldn't be the one she's relying on to shoot her nightclub photos. Tell her to do you both a favor and hire someone else who knows what they're doing, and have yourself come along and learn off of him or her, for practice.


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Feb 20, 2009 14:33 as a reply to  @ jdouglas003's post |  #7

flash 2nd curtain
400 iso's enough
slow speed, down to a full second sometimes
wide angle or fisheye work well
no need to have a fast lens if using the settings above.


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Feb 21, 2009 09:08 |  #8

digitalfrog wrote in post #7368903 (external link)
flash 2nd curtain
400 iso's enough
slow speed, down to a full second sometimes
wide angle or fisheye work well
no need to have a fast lens if using the settings above.

How do you set flash to fire on second curtain??


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Feb 21, 2009 10:20 |  #9

MagicallyDelicious wrote in post #7373575 (external link)
How do you set flash to fire on second curtain??

rtfm :)


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Feb 21, 2009 13:16 |  #10

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rtfm :)

Enlighten me!!! lol


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Feb 22, 2009 16:25 |  #11

MagicallyDelicious wrote in post #7374788 (external link)
Enlighten me!!! lol

The camera menu has a section for flash control. That's the only hint I'll give you! Read the manual!


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Feb 22, 2009 16:31 |  #12

Check out the Night Club Photo's topic. Good examples and different styles.


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Feb 24, 2009 15:01 as a reply to  @ elysium's post |  #13

rtfm....Read the Freaking Manual?


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Feb 24, 2009 18:13 as a reply to  @ david.p.livingston's post |  #14

Use a 50 -1.4 and leave the flash at home, let the colors show!


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Feb 24, 2009 22:54 |  #15
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You don't have night club mode on your camera? It's between Blues bar mode and Honky Tonk mode.




  
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