It was my pleasure to photograph the Alantude SS 2018 collection. I appreciate Alan and his work and look forward to capturing the event. This is how it happened.
How many photographers will be there? What light modifier should I use? Will my speed lights be enough? Bring the 18-200 or the 500mm? Where will parking be? Can I afford parking?
I found parking. I paid for it. I came into MATCH, a cool venue, and met Alan. Alan was busy and excited for the event trying to move all the pieces to get everything coordinated. It looked exhausting. I arrived at 5pm and the show started around 8pm. I ended up meeting some of the other photographers there, to my delight, they were all cool, chill people. One photographer had 2 strobes, a speedlight, and a second shooter(his wife), another had brought new speedlight triggers that suffered a battery acid leak. Then there was me.
Why are lighting test so hard?
The venue had lots of great natural light. I was also told the DJ was going to have a spotlight on the models (sort of true) That's not good when the show will not have natural light because it's after sunset. So, doing lighting test was difficult/not practical. I tried to do the lighting test before hand but my settings and set up were not adequate once the show started. So, during the show I kept having to fix and change my settings and light set up to figure out what would be best. This problem was magnified by the action taking place in many areas of the runway, not just the end of the runway where I had planned on photographing the models.
I did make an attempt to go TTL but it was not giving predictable results and the flash was misfiring frequently to the point of making me miss a lot of shots. That's how I finally decided to go manual on camera bounce flash with fixed settings. Note: When looking at the images on the back of the camera the floor looked bright and distracting so even when I was at the event, I thought the images were far from as good as I wanted but once I got back to the editing, the floor wasn't noticeable or distracting.
I was able to recover a lot of photos where the flash misfired and get a good range of photos from the event regardless of conditions and frustrations. I'm proud of people doing fashion in Houston and supporting our culture. I think it is a myth that fashion needs to be centralized in certain metropolitan cities.