Documentary Photography in Clubs with the Fujifilm X Series

Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to shoot several events at clubs and parties in Pretoria, South Africa. I used these events as an opportunity to hone my documentary shooting skills and would like to share some of my favourite images here.

I am a documentary photographer which means that it is this story telling style that dictates my approach to all the work I do. It requires a determined approach and a never tiring eye always looking for interesting people and compositions.

The extravagant lighting that you find in most clubs is a reason that I choose to avoid using flash whenever possible. This allows that particular lighting setup, with vibrant colours and pulsing lights, to tell it’s own story. Not using flash too often also allows for more interesting compositions including silhouettes. These images were made using my favourite Fujifilm XPro2 and sometimes a backup X-T1 or X-T2 along with Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 & f2 lenses, the excellent 56mm f1.2 and a Samyang 8mm f2.8 Fisheye. The Fujifilm X Series cameras have the best low light ability I’ve ever used in a digital camera and I found myself using the Auto ISO settings a lot more than I ever thought I would.

Approaching these events from a professional perspective means that I have to first understand exactly what images my clients are after and to ensure that my focus is on capturing those moments first. After that is done I can focus on stretching my imagination and start looking for more interesting images. It’s often these images that end up being favourites of my clients as they show the real story of the event. The candid, uncontrived, documentary story telling imagery that I love. Using Fujifilm X Series cameras, small and inconspicuous photo making machines, has transformed my approach to all my photography, and I think it shows.


Does this sounds familiar? Perhaps that’s cause I also love photographing weddings in the same documentary style 🙂

Thanks for taking the time to read this, enjoy the images!


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