Keeping up with the light

First thought: Oh, great, dancing. Second thought: Oh, great, a dark auditorium.

Assigned to shoot practice runs for The Dance Academy’s 17th annual spring dance, suffice it to say I didn’t jump for joy.

I don’t know a thing about dancing and the lighting in the auditorium seemed like it would make picture-taking a nightmare.

Often, and with little warning, the dark theater would be lit by a colorful array of stage lights. I tried to keep up — constantly adjusting camera settings for the changing lighting conditions.

And a flash would have been disruptive and distracting.

But it was great.

Photo opportunities were everywhere. Colorful dresses, excited youngsters, talented dancers.
I often concentrated on what was happening just off stage. The lighting was more predictable and there was a certain air of anticipation and frenzy that lay in contrast to the tightly practiced dance moves on stage.

So, despite my initial reservations, I left the auditorium a fan of dancing.

Anna Meyer and Taylor Eggers watch a practice dance from off stage at the Worthington Auditorium Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

Veasey Conway is the night editor at the Worthington Daily Globe. If you have questions about photography or visual media, or have story ideas, contact him at or on twitter @veaseyc.