Nightclub photography

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  1. dak1b

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    So tonight one of my friends is performing at a nightclub and I want to take some photos. I just recently called the club to make sure I can bring my camera in the first place..the person on the phone didn't know, so I have to call back later when the manager gets in. I hope I can.

    What are some useful tips and techniques that are handy in a nightclub atmosphere? I don't currently have a flash, iw ish I did and the only lens I have right now is my canon 100mm...my other lens is shipping. can't wait to get it.

    shooting in M mode ....iso? hopefully the 100mm can give me a descent fast shutter if I up the iso enuff....
     
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    the 100mm is going to be a nightmare in a nightclub. You really want something more like 30mm. A fast prime or at the least a 2.8 zoom is what you need, and a speedlight for some extra control over light is handy. With a 5d with no popup flash, and the 100mm lens you are going to struggle I think.
     
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    ya thats wat i was thinkin..a flash is on my list as well as a fast prime. all in time.

    do u think its even worth goin then? if all i have is my 5d and 100mm?
     
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    I think you would be better off with a P+S.

    Your gear is not fit in this setting. 50mm is the longest you should have in this setting, and a prime at that. A flash at 100mm is questionable also, if you had one.
     
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    The 5D has great high ISO performance, does it not?
     
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    100mm...... are you taking photos from the outside of the club? :)
     
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    Indeed it does, but not having a flash still limits your options in terms of producing interesting effects by dragging the shutter while still getting a crisp subject.
     
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    I believe the highest custom iso setting on the 5D is 3200?

    i haven't figured out how to set it that high yet...the highest i know how to set is 1600.

    with iso set that high do you think i wud stand a chance of getting some descent pics?
     
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    f/2.8 and 1600 ISO might get you in the ballpark, depending on the lighting and if you're trying to capture moving subjects or not. Read the manual to find the custom function setting to allow you to use ISO 3200.
     
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    My main subject will be a performer on stage. small movement for the most part. I was just thinkin shooting at 2.8 @ 1600 iso and then giving it more light or wat not in post.
     
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    you might get away with the 100mm for a stage performer. Just remember that bumping up the exposure in post will add loads more noise, you're best to try and get it right off the bat. If it's under decnt stage lighting you should be sweet at 1600 and f2.8, though you might need a steady hand to get sharp shots @ 100mm handheld.
     

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