My friend Tim who is a member of the "Goodfellas Productions" (thanks guys) invited me on over to a club party last August. At that time, I thought why not. To my way of thinking, what interesting photos could I get out of this since I am always looking for new photo opportunities.
So tagging along to the crew of the Goodfellas, I brought along my trusty Nikon 5700 (its my smallest Digital Camera) which is a cross between an SLR and a Point and Shoot.
To my surprise, I learned a great deal about mixing photography with booze and bars. These are tips I can share with you:
1. Clubs don’t always allow clients with SLRs to enter their premises. My trusty Nikon 5700 occasionally was permitted except for those Clubs that are more strict in their rules. I had to leave my Nikon behind in the reception area for some of those clubs. 🙁
2. Lighting can be a problem in nightclubs. Point and Shoot cameras are usually much slower to take photos than the SLRs in total darkness and using full Flash.
3. Timing is everything. Using the No Flash feature of my point and shoot gave me some awesome shots but required timing the disco light to be flashed on. I wasted a lot of shots because my timing was a bit off and hence captured a lot of totally dark photos.
4. You get different results depending on the flash setting. To capture these two photos of a bar drink in Manor Super Club using both the Flash and the No Flash feature of my point and shoot Digital Camera was tricky.
5. Bar surfaces will impact your results. Some bars have lighted surfaces, some have unlighted, some are wood, some are stainless steel, some are glass . . . all these factors can make or ruin a perfectly good shot.
This set of photos was taken from a lighted table. The first one with full Flash and the second with No Flash.
If you are a photography geek like I am, carry your digital camera while clubbing to increase your indoor photography skills.