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Make your open mic night better

  1. Choosing the right venue
  2. Managing, and how to run an open mic night.
  3. Marketing and promoting.
  4. Equipment
  5. How to set up your equipment
  6. Other suggestions
  7. Advice for performers.
  8. Photography at open mic nights & considerations for taking photos in low-light conditions.

1) Choosing the right venue

If you are fortunate enough to be able to pick and choose a venue, take preference over any which have the following:


2) Managing, and how to run an open mic night

Running an open mic night isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. Here are some tips for how to make things go more smoothly.


3) Marketing and promoting an open mic night:


4) Equipment for an open mic night

Note: I have no affiliation with any hardware manufacturers. Any specific hardware I mention below is for guidance only.


5) How to set up your equipment.


6) Other tips, and things I have seen being successful at other open mic nights:


7) Advice for open mic night performers (how to perform better at an open mic night:


8) Photography at open mic nights & considerations for taking photos in low-light conditions.

This section is not really about photography technique, rather, what sort of camera is needed to take good photos at an open mic night (in low-light conditions).

Recommended cameras:

This is a pretty huge topic so I will try my best to spell it out as clearly as possible. As always, please email me if the advice is confusing.

The main issue with open mic nights is that they are generally held in dimly-lit rooms. You should avoid using a camera flash as it can distract performers. Also, on-camera-flash gives a horrible 'hard' feel to a photo. So we need to ensure we are using a camera that can take good photos in low-light, without using a flash.

There are two main influences on camera performance in low-light conditions:

Here are some other non-essential things which are useful to understand.

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