I rented a 5D mrk 3 to shoot our studios dance comp. I normally shoot with a 7d and I know the camera inside and out. Having had rented the 5D and having virtually no time to play with it before the Comp I was dialing in the settings during the dances. I had just finished shooting one of our girls numbers and was looking through the shots to see where I was at with the 5D. At that point I decided to dial back exposure compensation to -1 to see if it gave me the desired result. At the time there was a group of dancers from another studio on stage performing. I raised my camera and fired off a shot, reviewed the new settings, like them, then deleted the picture. I sat there with my camera down waiting for our studios turn to come up again. About 1 min later I feel a tap on my shoulder. I turn and hear this (yelling)" Why are you taking photos of my daughter?" I say"excuse me". Man says. "My daughter is in the number on stage and you are taking photos of her! I then try to explain to him that I was simply dialing in the settings on my camera and that I was in no way intentionally taking photos nor would I want to take photos of his daughter. In fact I told him the picture was already deleted and showed him my camera to prove it. Well he wanted no part of an explaination and proceeded to tell me (yelling) "Our studio has had nothing but problems with media and bad press and its all because of people like you! Problems with Media? People like me? WTF is this guys talking about?" This is where I decided to stop being a punching bag so I tell him. " I was checking settings in my camera, there was nothing sinister nor sneaking about what I was doing. Sorry you have a problem with that?" He stands up "II do have a problem,Im telling the director".... Long story short I meet the director of the Comp explain the email giving me permission to shoot the dance comp and who it is from. The director is aware of this. I explain to the man that I am also a father of a dancer here at the comp and I do in a small way understand his concern but I have explained myself, proven why I was there shooting and proven the photo in question was already deleted. I calm the situation best I can because I want to get back to shooting so I tell him I promise not to take any shots of his studios dances. The director clearly not having time for this BS asks the guy if that is good. He continues to explain about the media ect then agrees and leaves. We go off on our merry ways. Crisis averted. GEEZ!
Come to find out ,this particular studio has been the subject of numerous news stories for their overly sexualy themed dance routines. Apparently of few of the routines that day people walked out of because of the sexual moves and skimmpy outfits that these girls years were performing in. If I had know this prior to the guy berating me and basically calling me a perverted stalker I could have shut him down before he got started. How ironic! Im the bad guy yet you allow your daughters to perform in these routines that are sexual in nature! Guess my point here guys is be careful. I have shot dance comps for for years. Never once had an issue of any kind until this guy and I hope to never again.