Highlights On Club Photography
A black, large room, tropical climate, and the constant tension that the camera will not survive this night. This is club photography
So it is a little over the top, but only with the fear, because mostly I am a little bit behind the DJ and only occasionally I am drawn to the dance floor and the “dangerous zone” for a few pictures the “crowd.” I only enter the dance floor after the job or at least without a camera to dance.
If you want to get through a dancing crowd quickly, dance through it! I promise people will make room for you much sooner and find it even more refreshing that you dance than if you try to push yourself through. (I speak from experience and believe it works!)
The Ideal Conditions
As you can imagine, for the right conditions, you need an open-lens (e.g., a 35 or 24mm with f. 1.4 or 1.8) and ideally also a full-frame camera that has no problem with a high ISO value.
Most (techno) clubs are very dark, and the DJ’s lighting is minimal. (Of course, it also depends on the event and the location). And it would be best if you had fun with the music and the whole party, otherwise it can be a very uncomfortable work environment.
The Camera Settings
Some photographers mostly work with an ISO value of 1200-2000, but even with a full-frame camera like the Canon Eos 6D, a slight noise cannot be prevented. The aperture is also very open, usually around f 1.8 or 2.0.
The next problem is autofocusing, which hardly works in this darkness. So, you only have the manual mode, unless you wait for a light effect of the visual jockey.
However, since the DJ has not grown tight and the beats at 130 BPM are driving the whole thing forward, you should have dealt with his technology a bit. In the worst case, you will be standing in the club all night and try unsuccessfully to run after the DJ and focus on him.
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