Last night's fashion and dance event at USF Tampa campus fully titled, "OMEGA PSI PHI presents 'A NIGHT OF FASHION,'" was quite the challenge to photograph. Very little light. No overhead light at all. The little lighting there was, was in the form of hot area lights at basically eye level. This translated into having to wait of dancers and models to body block the lights before pushing the shutter, or just choose to use the lights and get an effect like seen in the above photograph.
For one whole performance, the men's Titan Step Team was right in front of me the whole time. The leader (above) had great charisma, and of course dance skills too. After each portion of their routine, the men would stop and strike a self-fist bump pose. It was not all serious though as they broke into a Bell Biv Devoe "Poison" breakdown that I could appreciate since that song was right from the heart of my time.
I quickly realized that my best of the bad light shooting spot was not on the map for a majority of the fashion models that strode out. So in order to get some head-on shots I had to scamper around a bit, hither and thither. Even then, I just could not get a totally sharp shot.
The performers, dancers and models all brought their "A" game. The energy in USF's lower gym-cum-runway was palpable. The Faces Modeling Troupe got the loudest response of the night. I look forward to the next challenging to shoot fashion show and will take what I learned from this experience and hopefully have a higher success rate the next time. But who knows what the lighting situation will be then?