Flash Photography Techniques for Concerts in Bars & Nightclubs

A common challenge that photographers face is shooting in dark places, such as bars and nightclubs. When there are limited or no light sources available, they need to be resourceful and create their own. This is much simpler than it sounds. Concert photographer David Bergman does it all the time. Learn more here:

Bergman loves using small speedlites to enhance the light that’s already there. These speedlites are portable and can be easily set up, in just a few simple steps.

  • Use black gaffer tape to attach color gels all around the strobe, to prevent any white light from escaping.
  • Save time by using pre-cut small gels instead of buying a large gel sheet.
  • Create cool effects by using customized gels in various colors.
  • Place the light anywhere using the little foot that comes with the strobe or a “magic arm” clamp.
  • Trigger the flashes using a remote-controlled radio system.

Bergman warns us though, “You don’t wanna use an optical remote because that way, if anybody else takes a picture with their flash, it’s going to fire all of your flashes and they’re gonna wonder why their images look so amazing.”

Small Speedlite

Speedlites and remote controlled radio systems like those in the video can be purchased from Yongnuo. Neewar has a rainbow set of small color gels.

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One Comment

  1. Dave says:

    I’ve shot a few concerts in my time and almost 100% of them ban flashes from being used. This pretty widespread among most festivals and concert venues

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