Started a new steady photo gig this Halloween weekend. I’m now going to be shooting for ClubZone on a regular basis at various clubs and bars around Ottawa. They send me to the clubs to shoot the night and I post the shots the next day. The venue gets advertisement and exposure and the patrons get free photos of themselves and their friends.
I was a bit apprehensive as to how people would react to some guy walking around a club asking to take their picture, but Halloween proved to be the perfect time to start. Everyone was more than willing to show off their costumes. I shot both the Friday and Saturday night parties at the Mansion and people seemed really positive about it.
I was a little concerned about the technical side of shooting the night. I had a few ideas how I was going to light the shots in such a dark environment. Most clubs have really high or really dark ceiling, so bouncing a flash off it was pretty much out. I didn’t want to use straight flash and blind people either, plus it wouldn’t look much better than the point and shoot pics people can take themselves. Turns out my new ring flash was a god send. It’s not that light efficient, but in an almost completely dark club it had more than enough power. In the end I was able to find a really nice compromise between ambient and flash that gave nice even illumination without killing the atmosphere. Best money/value buy I’ve made this year.