Exploration of the complex Ni2(MBD)4 (MBD = 2-mercaptobenzimidazole) (C1) having different coordinated Ni atoms as a photocatalyst for hydrogen evolution is made. For comparison, the bimetallic Ni2(MBT)4 (MBT = 2-mercaptobenthiazole) (C2) complex with the same coordinated Ni atoms was synthesized. Both of the complexes have been successfully constructed for photo-induced hydrogen production using organic dyes as photosensitizers and triethanolamine (TEOA) as the effective electron donor by visible light (>400 nm) in acetonitrile–water solution. The time-dependence of H2 generation and DFT computational studies demonstrate that the complex C1 is more active than C2 for H2 evolution. The mechanisms of photocatalytic hydrogen generation for C1 and C2 involve different protonation sites resulting from the differences between the two structures.