Ottawa Event Photographer | Night Club Photography with a Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L USM II, Lens Review

When it comes to photographic challenges, very few things in life are tougher for a photographer to manage than trying to photograph people dancing at night in a club with low light. But, capturing the beat of the moment and people in low light is an incredibly fun challenge, and with the right camera gear and experience on how to bust a move with others on the dance floor, it’s totally possible to achieve optical sharpness, precision and balance.

On this fine night I teamed up with 613Nightlife.com at Lago – located at the Dow’s Lake Pavilion in Ottawa – and tried out Canon’s newest EF 24mm f/1.4 L USM II lens in the process. In sum, the EF 24mm f/1.4 L USM II performed masterfully. The greatest claim to fame for any prime lens is its relative ability to be faster than fast with picture perfect glass for low light applicability. The following shots were all hand held and taken in manual mode with aperture values set between 1.4 and 3.2, and shutter speeds set between 1/60th to 1/125th of a second. I also used a second curtain sync flash and bounced my speedlite under an ISO of 640. If you’ve been wondering what a 1.4 can do in the most extreme of cases, here’s some practical, real life, work horse examples. If your night life event needs a trusted photographer to capture the moment and vibe, Jeff and his gear can help you get the job done!

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