Bodybuilding.com has posted photos from the 2011 St. Louis Pro. I wasn’t at the event but the lighting was an obvious issue and hopefully one that will be corrected in future events. One of the most important things to a competition is the stage lights but it’s often an after thought or handled by people who don’t know what they are doing. This wasn’t the first pro show that’s had issues with the lighting.
I’d encourage all promoters to work with someone who understands stage lighting and if you don’t have the luxury of working with much light, work with the photographers in the pit they will all be more than willing to help you. When the lighting was corrected at the Dallas Europa Super Show it made a HUGE difference in the images and gave competitors their just due. That was accomplished by the promoters working with JM Manion on how to correctly set up the lights.
Photos last forever and are what fans see in the magazines and online. The also serve as a marketing tool for future events. The IRONMAN Pro always brought out top bodybuilders in large part because of their lighting and how they looked in the images.