This month’s featured photographer has a varied portfolio, capturing moments through portrait, wedding and event photography. Nick Wild shares his tips and techniques for Night Club photography…..
Nikon D4, D800 & D700
Nikon 16mm Fisheye
Nikon 16-35 f4
Nikon 24-70 f2.8
Nikon 70-200mm f2.8
Nikon 24mm f2.8
Nikon 85mm f1.8
Black Rapid Straps
Pocket Wizard TT1 & TT5
Sandisk CF cards Max 8GB
With event photography I try to go in with a open mind. You may have been given a brief by someone but as soon as you arrive on site something new is put into the mix! It’s a case of deal with it, do your job and get out! This is of course corporate events.
Nightclub photography is a whole new ball game, I can tell you!
You will arrive at a club/bar at peak period and with a job to capture the night and punters in the best possible light! Ha!This is sometimes the hardest challenge of them all!
People don’t respond to you when they have had a few… This is why I have acquired the nickname recently ‘Smash & Grab’ I have adopted the style of capturing the atmosphere and people as quickly as I can. Its by no means easy work but its rewarding and when the club owner/promoter is happy with what you get, it’s job done!
I currently work in the Surrey/Hampshire/Berkshire area as I feel London is very saturated with photographer’s that will work for next to nothing or event entry to a club! Techniques I use shooting in the club environment is very mixed and something I am looking at teaching in 2013. No club is the same so you can’t just say to someone A+B=C! There is huge differences form venue to venue with lighting, ceiling height, and lasers.
There are basic settings and then you adapt from there with lenses and on/off camera flash. I tend to shoot with my D4 and 16-35mm f4 @f4 with shutter speeds going down as low as 1/4 with on and off camera flash with different flash diffusers through the night! The reason I shoot with a D4 is its power in low light and high ISO capabilities. I can shoot an image at 10,000 ISO and have no issue with noise! This brings me on to a valid point….some Live music venues say NO FLASH when shooting in the pit all you can do then is wait for the lighting engineer!
A bit about me
Lucy has asked me to say a bit about myself in this section….. I first picked up a camera in early 2009 after speaking to a photographer at a friend’s wedding. I opened a photography studio in May 2011& left my full time job of 10 years to go it alone as a freelance photographer in Sept 2011 and haven’t looked back! I love every day and challenge that I face! I’ve just launched a new website and I also offer training experience where I teach people out on location and in the studio each month.
Three things about me
No 1 : I used to Dj Drum and Bass for 10 years and play on London’s Flex Fm weekly
No2 : I was signed to a London photographic image Library after only 3 months using a camera. They have now been bought out by Getty Images.
No3 : I sold some images of a celebrity up to no good – perks of the job
Big thanks to Nick, to keep up to date with what Nick has got going on, go check out his facebook page.