So you are in the club or on a party with your camera and you want to take amaizing pictures there, something realy cool. So this is not so difficult. First thing that you need is some lasers, spot lights or а nice lighting there. You can do good pictures in a dim space, with low light also, but when there is colorful lights and lasers this is better to achieve the real party atmosphere. The other thing that you need is an external flash for sure. You can make something with the build-in flash, but there is much more options to be creative with the external one, just you have to know how to work with it and I will explain that little bit later. The other importent thing is to use some wider, fast lens with or without zoom. Few mounts I was every night on a work in the clubs with only one fisheye lens and I dont felt the need to use something else. And this one was not so much wider - 15mm on a crop body. Its gonna be good if your camera is making good pictures with low nois on a high ISO levels, because in most of the situations your gonna need to use between 800 and 1600 ISO. I prefer to use Manual mode - there is a creativity. The speed must be low, around 1/10-1/20 and the aperture opened most of the time between 2.8-3.2-3.5. This values are relative, they depend on a light in the room that you are. And don't worry about bluring, because of the low light - if you use a flash then you are freezing your nearest objects and some lights in the background will make interesting lines. So if you are ready let start to shoot some party people.
In the begining I started to shoot with using the external flash with the head turned back or sideway. When you use the externel flash like this you need to be near to a wall or the ceiling to be lower. In this case you are using them like a huge softbox and the objects infront the camera are well lit. Just be careful if the reflecting surface is in deep color, because your objects infront will be also colored in this hue, but this can be useful, something like an effect for more atmosphere. The power of the light from flash is depend from this - if the reflective surface is darker, you have to increase the power or if the reflective surface is lighter you have to reduce the power. If the pictures are darker or lighter you also can change the settings of the camera - to reduce or increase the shutter speed, aperture or the ISO levels - you have to be flexible. When you making your first steps its gonna be hard - everywhere is dancing people, moving lights and loud music. In this situation is hard to think quickly, but if you like to be there you need just some time to improve your photographic skills - everything comes with the practice.
The other way to use the external flash is with a diffuser on it. There is a few good options and you can try all of them, just to know what you want to achieve. You will see bellow the diffuser that I made from a white snack box. It is spherical and the light is despersed evenly. If you dont have a diffuser you can try also to turn up the head of the flash and put a white paper on a head to refleckt the light. Don't be afraid to try different techniques.
There is option with no flash - no external no built-in. Then you have to use only the available light and to reduce the shutter speed little bit and maybe increase ISO. In this case you can make some silhouettes in a beautiful colors of light, in smoke or to catch the natural atmosphere there.
The other way that I like to shoot and you can be creative as hell, is to use the external flash with cabel or wireless, just to point the light anywhere you want. There can be two flashes - on on the body or the built-in one and the other separeted from the camera. You can make realy awesome pictures with this technique but its not easy. In this case its hard to use zoom, because you must hold the camera with one hand and the flash with the other. You have to be precise where the light from the separated flash is pointed and how far is it from the object, but again - everyting is coming with the practice. Do not be discouraged if the pictures that you made are not that you want to be - just don't stop to trying, have a lot of fun, be part of the party and after few times you will see that you are on a way of something.
I will tell just few words for the processing of the pictures. Like every photographic set - you have to chose only the best ones, maybe to add them some more contrast, sharpness, more or less brightnes, to reduce the nois and to some of the pictures to add a special artistic vision if you like. If you edit the pictures too much, they can lose the real atmosphere of the place where they are made.
So you can go out tonight and try this few tips for fun.
Cheers! And let the good mood be with you :)
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