Nightclub photography

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  1. Saska

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    I do some photography out on nightclubs, where lightning conditions are very poor (sample: White Room - STUREPLAN.se).

    A recurrent problem I have when photographing at clubs is that the subject of my images (people) often become very light (white faces, ghost-like) whilst the background of the images becomes very dark. Not always, but very often.

    Sample of dark images:
    Nattstad - Vimmelbilder från Parken
    Nattstad - Vimmelbilder från Deep

    Better lightning conditions provide lighter images:
    Nattstad - Vimmelbilder från Park Lane
    Nattstad - Vimmelbilder från Deep


    I use Nikon D60 with standard lens AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 that came with. External flash sb-600. I use settings F3,5 iso800 and shutterspeed 1/8. Any tips of how to get brighter images? Need to get a new lens, maybe?
     
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    it makes me wonder if your using a flash at all? if you are i would try not using any flash and see how that works out
     
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    I have done the same thing, back in those days I used a D40x with a sb-600 and had the same problem as you, until I got my Gary Fong Lighsphere. The lighsphere will save your life in this case, just shoot through it do not bounce it, and try to shoot the sb-600 in manual mode not TTL.
     
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    To make the background lighter you need to let more ambient light in by using a slower shutter speed or using a higher ISO
     
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    These people look really bored to be at the club.
     
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    This club looks like it needs more ecstasy.
     
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    yes!:mrgreen:
     
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    I know this was about lighting but the people are in a night club where people go to have fun and they all look like they came from a funeral and are forced to pose for a picture. The first girl has a dreadful expression on her face.
     
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    Yep, I use an sb-600 with a diffuser. But the flash can only light up the faces, it's not strong enough to lit up the whole room.

    I use isop 800 anything more than that will make the picture grainy. Iso 1600 makes it too grainy. And I cant use a slower shutter speed as the pic gets too blurry. My friends shots with shutter speed 1/60 (!) but has a different lens and uses F1,5 and his pics look brilliant! SO i wonder if there is anything more I can do with my camera equipment to get better pics or if I need to upgrade to someting more sensitive to light?

    I have done the same thing, back in those days I used a D40x with a sb-600 and had the same problem as you, until I got my Gary Fong Lighsphere. The lighsphere will save your life in this case, just shoot through it do not bounce it, and try to shoot the sb-600 in manual mode not TTL.
    Maybe need to get a Lightsphere then. It ought to be cheaper than a new lens. Manuala mode? How? What settings should I have?
     

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