Directed Activity 3 – Nightclub photography – A guide

Start with a keyring selling company
The easiest way to get into nightclub photography scene is starting with a keyring company, they hire pretty much anyone with a little bit of camera experience and they give you full training and usually provide the equipment. I started off with The photo project. I was able to earn money, build up some contacts and get experienced with nightclub camera settings.
After 2 years I left the company, bought my own camera and went freelance.

The photo project
The photo project

Equipment
You will need a decent DSLR and a decent external flash. I am currently using a Nikon D7200 with a Nikon Speedlight SB-700 flashgun. You’re going to be shooting on an ISO over 1000 so whatever camera you get it needs to be capable of doing that.
Get your equipment insured – You’re going to be working in a nightclub, that means drunk people everywhere, alcohol everywhere and people doing windmill arm dancing. You’re going to get knocked, prodded, and someone WILL spill their drink all over you and your camera, better be safe then sorry and soggy (p.s you also need a lens filter).
Extra equipment that you might want to think about is some off-flash triggers, these are so you can put your flash gun at the other side of the club, take a photo at front of the club and get an amazing silhouette shot. I would suggest getting some triggers when you’ve built up a good understanding of basic nightclub photography and want to start being more creative with your photos.

My equipment
My equipment

Settings
So you’re in the club with your new camera, what now? I can’t tell you exactly what settings to use because each nightclub has different lighting and different layouts I can only tell you a rough guide, the rest is a case of a trial & error, don’t be afraid to take up to 20 shots to find the right setting!
Aperture – This depends on what kind of shot you want for instance if you want a shot focusing on the DJ, have your f/stop on 1.8/2.8 if you’re taking a photo of a crowd? 3-8
Shutter speed – It needs to fast enough to stop blur but slow enough to let in enough ambient light, I usually have mine anywhere between 1/20 and 1/80 again this depends on where you are and what shot you want.
ISO – Above 800 at least, if you get a lot of noise I edit out noise adjusting the luminescence in lightroom.
I could talk about focus and loads of other boring stuff, but just use auto focus and you’ll be fine.

I think I’ve covered the three main basics, nightclub photography is hard. I’m not sure if this is because I’m a female therefore less respected in the industry and constantly being harassed by drunk guys or just because it’s a tricky environment being surrounded by alcohol and drugs but if you want to talk industry with me you can find me on the following platforms!

You can find me and my work on the following;
www.lauraburtonphotography.co.uk
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter

Directed Activity 10 – My clients needs

I will be creating an infographic for my client, telling everyone the journey of his company, the Photo project and two other companies. The target audience for his companies are 18-35 – This is a young entertainments company mainly focusing in the nightlife industry, it is also going to attracting attention for potential new staff.

Ben originally wanted a recruitment poster but changed his mind when I told him how well an infographic could work, having done work for Ben before I know his preferences to style, he likes colourful but simple.

I’ve used a infographic software to do my infographic, I find it much easier to create my content using a template, this infographic has anchor links, video and photos.

Directed Activity 8 – Advice for first year bloggers

First word of advice, make a blog on what YOU are interested in, even if your lecturer doesn’t want you to do a beauty blog, do it anyway. It’s your degree not theirs.

Pick a good URL quickly, they get snapped up quickly.
Comment on other people’s blogs.
Read other people’s blogs daily.

Have a look at my website for inspiration.

Use canva for all your featured images, use original images.

Media Festival

Leeds Trinity University held a media festival where ex students and lecturers came and spoke about jobs in the media.
Day 1
An interview with Harpz Kaur a bbc radio presenter, she spoke about  never passing up opportunities and what’s it like working on the radio and how it affects her life online and offline.

SEO Advice
A talk from Daniel Taylor who is an SEO specialist. It was very interesting.

There was also a talk from Bob the head of media at the university talking about youtube.

I couldn’t attend the rest due to work so I have added a video one of the students did.