This is the continuation of my previous photo post- Fashion Show by college Students (Part 2). To keep up with his earlier promise yours truly is back with many more colorful young faces who had brightened that evening. Those of you who've missed the last two posts would certainly need a line of introduction to this fashion series. It was an inter-college talent hunt cultural program comprising various events like dance, singing, antakshari, quiz, three minutes to fame, fashion show etc, where participants hailed from various colleges of Haldia. I was the rookie fashion photographer there, turned up with a solid reason of not having anything better to do in that evening.
If you're a green-horn in event/fashion photography like me I would take the liberty of sharing the little knowledge I've gained through trial and error (more sophisticated term is 'experience'). In small events, usually the actual fashion show starts after a considerable gap post announcement. During that moment of impatience spectators don't bother to spend their energy in encroaching towards the ramp. That's is the perfect time for you to find your sweet spot with the camera!
While grabbing the cherry on top don't be too naive to block the view of people sitting behind you and the reason here is too obvious. Maintaining a low stance can be a good idea. Although a tripod can dramatically enhance your outputs, placing one in front the ramp may not be so practical, considering there will be many other photographers fighting for the perfect capture in a limited space. Be respectful to other clickers, even to those folks shooting with a smartphone. If there's a particular person obstructing your camera view, ask politely if he can bend down slightly.
Communicating courteously with your fellow photographers is an essential skill, especially in the present scenario where every Tom-Dick-Harry is shooting with a mobile phone. Remember, being too modest to ask for things is no better than being too aggressive to accomplish things when it comes to event photography. I feel it is better not to shuffle between still photography and video modes when you're stranded with a single camera.
Carry at least an extra memory card and a spare battery. Probably you'll be clicking photos in continuous mode and you won't realize how quickly you're accumulating wealth at the expense of space and power! Once more I'm repeating what I had said about settings in the last post. Keep the aperture minimum for the focal length, boost the ISO, maintain a high shutter speed, let the lens auto-focus and press the shutter in continuous shooting mode while praying for tack sharp image results.
In this half an hour of fashion show I had clicked around 700 shots of roughly 60-70 participant models. Only 10% of photos were OK to my eyes and rest 90% either deserved deletion or extensive editing. My post processing knowledge is only slightly better than zero as I don't enjoy learning the art of photo editing. Off-topic aside, I wish I could post at least one photograph of each model. As this is the last post of this fashion show series, my sincere apology goes to all those awesome models whose photos I couldn't publish here. You must know that all of your precious photos are safely stored in my hard-drive and if you ever need them I'm just an e-mail away.Fashion Show by college Students ?