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Offline Idene

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anyone ever shot in a night club
« on: October 25, 2007, 12:47:42 PM »
I have my first night club gig next Friday and I was wondering if anyone had any advice on shooting using such low lights.

At the minute I only have my Sony A100 Kit Lense. I should hopefully have my 50mm by then but just incase is there anything in partcular I will need to do to get some good pictures from the night.

If I do this good I maybe able to land a second job taking photo's in clubs for a local company which pays very handsomely.

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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2007, 12:55:21 PM »

Do you have a flash?

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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007, 01:05:40 PM »

Do you have a flash?

yup. I got the Sony HVL F36


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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2007, 01:10:39 PM »
Are you photographing the acts or the patrons? You might not be popular with a flash if you are photographing the acts.

Louis Belloisy is a man who knows about photographing live acts. Check out Lou's work here: http://www.palacewaterbury.com/

He often leaves the exif intact if you want to see what he has done.
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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2007, 01:55:37 PM »
Im taking pics of both the acts that are on and the patrons. I think it'll mostly be the patrons tho.

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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2007, 04:56:09 PM »
If it is a private venue (i.e. esp they are paying to get in), then you should have notices up at the entrance specifying that photography is being used and that it may be used for advertising purposes.  As to actually shooting it is mainly about capturing the mood, so lots of long exposures with rear sync work well - and expect to take 100 shots to get 5 usable ones.

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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2007, 08:08:20 PM »
As to actually shooting it is mainly about capturing the mood, so lots of long exposures with rear sync work well - and expect to take 100 shots to get 5 usable ones.

sorry for the noob like question but whats rear sync?

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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2007, 11:00:08 PM »
This is what I was talking about: http://www.palacewaterbury.com/shows_1.htm I love Lou's work. No flash used.

Rear sync is when the flash goes off at the end of the exposure rather than at the beginning. There is a program mode on the A100 (well on the 5D anyway) utilising rear sync for properly exposing a dark background and balancing the foreground with the flash at the end of the exposure. Check the manual regarding this function. It may not be suited for what you intend.
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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2007, 05:51:16 AM »
Idene:

As already mentioned, make sure you get the "rules" sorted out with the club managers first. Lighting in clubs here is LOW (low) and taking pictures without a flash is dificult for sure and as noted you may not be allowed to use a flash. There are some legal issues too as noted. Lots of folks don't want their pictures taken in clubs. However ... perhaps this is a plan or club service and everyone is cool with pictures being popped off.

Get down to the club a few days before and take some test shots..DON"T leave the testing for the night.

Good luck!

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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2007, 09:15:35 AM »
Idene:

As already mentioned, make sure you get the "rules" sorted out with the club managers first. Lighting in clubs here is LOW (low) and taking pictures without a flash is dificult for sure and as noted you may not be allowed to use a flash. There are some legal issues too as noted. Lots of folks don't want their pictures taken in clubs. However ... perhaps this is a plan or club service and everyone is cool with pictures being popped off.

Get down to the club a few days before and take some test shots..DON"T leave the testing for the night.

Good luck!

Clive

Im covering for someone who does the job weekly so Im guessing everyone is alright with it.

Thanks for the advice guys. I think I know about the rear sync function, if Im right then on the A100 its called Rear Fill on the settings.

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Thanks again.

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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2007, 09:30:31 AM »
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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2007, 11:19:21 AM »
But wait, there's more: http://www.shutterfreaks.com/Forum/showthreaded.php?Cat=&Board=share&Number=469351&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=4#Post469992

Good luck and please let us know how you went.

wow, those pics are amazing :D

I'll post a handful of the pics up from the night once I've took them.

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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2007, 01:38:01 PM »
Hi
Shot a couple of gigs with wide aperture lens.I set iso to 400 or 800 and spot metre from a mid tone usualy faces and lock exposure if you shoot in raw mode you can bring back under exposed shots by three stops.
Have some pics from a gig in may.google search Urban Lawns and find pics. the shooting info is attached good luck               

            regards Steve

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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2007, 08:15:56 AM »
thanks for the advice man.

I found that if I set the iso to 1600 and then had a really fast shutter speed using the inbuilt flash I could get some very nice clear shots which had a nice bit of depth to them.

only thing with that is tho, when I took my camera home and tried to shoot some stuff on manual the pictures just came out as pure white, nothing in them at all.


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Re: anyone ever shot in a night club
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2007, 12:15:51 AM »
I just happened to take some band pics in a club 2 nights ago!  A dark club...the 2 guys had red and blue lights on them, the club was quite dark.  I used my 50mm f/1.4 @ f/1.4-f/2 and an ISO of 800-1600 without flash.  Anti-shake on.

The colors were fantastic, but the longer shots were just a bit hazy from the slow shutter and the bright colored lights reflecting off the subjects.

I will look for pics and post.

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