Discover the world of nightlife photography with EOS Professional, Timothy Er. Learn how to capture emotions in movement and pick up some tips on how you can start your journey in event and nightlife photography!
Hi Timothy! What made you decide to be a nightlife photographer?
Photography to me is about capturing the fleeting moments in life. The concept of being able to capture a moment in time that we can never go back to is very intriguing to me. I started off with shooting street photography as a hobby, and always like to keep it as pure as possible, with candids and unposed shots.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | f/7.1 | ISO 1000 | 1/13s
I had an opportunity to be mentored and was given a lot of exposure in the genre. Eventually I got a good grasp on the fundamentals and began to enjoy the process and challenges that comes with it.
How do you capture those raw moments in your photos?
Patience and anticipation. Most of the time I would identify a subject and then wait for the perfect candid moment. It is quite an awkward process because I have gotten many weird looks for standing in the middle of a crowd waiting for a shot. I also do behind-the-scenes photography due to a similar skill set required.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | f/2.0 | ISO 1000 | 1/160s
What traits do you look out for when photographing people?
It is all about capturing the human emotions in the moment. I love to capture the moments where my subjects are lost in the moment.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | f/1.6 | ISO 800 | 1/160s
What are your must-have gears for a night out?
Speedlights and wide angle lenses are essential for this genre. My Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is something I have come to rely on and it has never let me down and the EF17-40mm f/4L USM is my go-to wide angle lens.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | f/4.5 | ISO 1600 | 1/100s
Any advice you would give to aspiring photographers who will like to get into nightlife photography?
Always put in your best effort and have good work ethics. How you present yourself matters, it’s not just your photos that speak.
Be humble and keep learning, find your niche and set your own pace. Do not compare yourself to others so often. Getting good at photography is a process of self-discovery and improvement. Having a mentor to guide you on the fundamentals would help you greatly too.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | f/7.1 | ISO 1600 | 1/15s
Always remember that it is never about the tool but how you use it. Do not buy a fancy new gear just because others have them, but always ask yourself if they fulfil your needs.