Photographing in a Club with dim Lights

Photographing in a club is a passion that very few photographers tend to share amongst themselves. It needs a lot of passion to click in the din as the atmosphere in a Club is charged and almost everyone is high on the music. This is the place where one is sure to capture the energy and the mood that will be lacking while shooting in another environment. Clicking photos is quite a challenge in this highly energized setting as the photographer may be swayed by the high pitch of music, finding a way to the stage can be quite difficult and people will be banging to you while you are photographing.

Apart from this the lighting will be dim or the lights may be shining on your face which makes the task even more challenging. Many people will get swayed by the settings, leave their camera in their car and enjoy the evening instead of clicking a photo or two. But there are photographers who will keep their focus and instead of the numerous challenges posed by the settings will go ahead and do what they are there for.

Before shooting in a club or a specific performer you need to put in place many a things that will surely make the photographing session much more enjoyable and comfortable for you. One needs to do ample of research before going in for shooting a live performance. Things may change almost everyday, the performers/band, the settings, the venue, the spirit of the show, the audience etc. You need to select a place where you are going to take your position in order to get the best shots. Be smart enough to get the information on the lighting and the stage setup. One needs to know the obstacles that are going to come while shooting and needs to have a plan in terms of overcoming those obstacles.

Have first hand information on the kind of crowd that is visiting the venue. This will give you an opportunity to fix a spot for yourself to get the best shots and also will give you an insight into the behavior of the crowd. Thus you can easily plan the kind of equipment that you are going to carry with you. Getting information about the positioning of the band on stage will give you ample of time to plan your moves.

Permission to shoot is of utmost importance, this permission can be obtained either from the venue manager or from the performers themselves. Make sure to ask if you can use flash or not as there are many clubs that don’t allow flash as it may affect their performers. Take care that you have a photo pass wherever it is necessary. While buying a ticket for a show check if they allow photography as it would not really be good if you are tossed out in the midst of a performance just for clicking some photographs.

While planning the equipment make sure that you carry light weight equipment that is easy to use. Take care you have the right lenses with you and if the usage of flash is not restricted make sure you have enough battery that will at least last the show. Its always advisable to carry extra battery with you. Your business card and earplugs will surely be an asset for you while shooting in clubs or live performances.

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