There’s something special about nighttime event photography. Understanding how to photograph events means you can freeze memorable moments in time. Stuck on where to begin? Read my nighttime outdoor and indoor event photography tips. You’ll be camera-ready in any low light celebration. Are you about to embark on club photography? Is it a low-key evening book launch or a night time market? Find out as much as possible about the event and location. Questions I often ask myself before venturing out include.
Photographing at night takes practice. Pack a picnic and photograph outside in the late afternoon. Continue into the evening. How did you change your settings? Compare photographs made in overcast daylight, the golden hour, blue hour, and nighttime. Make a note of artificial light sources and whether they enhance your photographs. Understand which low lighting environment suits your photographic style. Make an ultimate list of upcoming nighttime and low light events. It might include a casual birthday party, a public holiday celebration or a special rave in town. Attend as many diverse evening events as possible. You’ll come up with loads of fresh nighttime camera party photography ideas. You’ll also boost your social life! Photographing at ISO100 works best for minimizing the noise in your photographs. In low light, a higher ISO is often necessary. Use the highest ISO that doesn’t compromise the quality of the photograph. This number depends on different cameras and environments. Using a flash? See if you can stick with ISO100.
Use Continuous Shooting Mode
If the action is moving fast at a club or party, use the continuous shooting setting. In the middle of the chaos, it’s difficult to review your photos and wait for the right moment. Using continuous shooting mode provides you with a number of photos to choose from. Each one will show people in slightly different positions and places. This affects how available light reaches different subjects. The turn of someone’s head at the right moment might reveal the perfect contre-jour moment. A party-goer’s dance move might expose more laser lights. It’s much easier to choose your best photo at the comfort of your desk afterwards with a cup of coffee. Not every low light or night event is at a gig or nightclub. Tripods and monopods are fantastic for art events and concerts in quieter environments. They’re also a must-have if you want to take sharp fireworks photos. Unsure if you’ll need one on the night? Pack a lightweight compact monopod that won’t weigh you down. If you’re on a tight budget, invest in a mini tripod that will fit in your bag and won’t break the bank.
Photographing a relaxing night event with plenty of space? Grab all your lenses and use them all! Most events I photograph at night are crowded and full of energy. I have to change lenses fast so I stick with a nifty fifty and zoom. These lenses allow me to be creative, convey the atmosphere, and capture ‘paparazzi’ style nighttime event photography. Even when I only use two lenses, I still come home with both lens caps missing!
The best way to rectify this is to walk around. It seems logical, but I always have to tell myself to do it!
Try using different vantage points to find stronger and more unusual light sources.