• Adobe Photoshop
  • NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
  • symmetry
  • sunny
  • Slovakia
  • Single Focus Point
  • Rule of thirds
  • Nikon Z6
  • Natural Light
  • Autofocus
  • midday
  • lower thirds
  • kissing
  • Harsh
  • Greenhouse
  • Continuous
  • calm
  • Tiffen BPM 1/4

The story behind the image

From the beginning I knew that Barbor & Marek would be perfect couple, they were extremely calm, stylish, beautiful, relaxed and knew what they wanted. This location was recommended to me, I saw few pictures from this place and I loved it. It is old greenhouse, overgrown and stylish. However weather was not very collaborative and we had to shoot during very sunny time. No clouds, just light. So I knew I lost my greenhouse darkish mood and needed to improvise more. I was searching perfect spots in greenhouse, and suddenly I spotted this corner, in the back. The leaves on the glass-roof and glass-walls painted on white, I loved it. The light was still little too harsh, but was diffused a little by glass-roof and displayed beautiful shadow play behind them.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Just few words about mood, that I want then to be relaxed, expressing love to each other. Kiss was very natural.

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What did you say?

I just created atmosphere so they feel comfortable, asked them to express love to each other, so they can hug, or kiss, or just look at each other, using their hands actively.

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Tone of Directions



I chose minimalistic approach, so the environment of old greenhouse with leaves on the roof can take the main part. I placed couple in the lower third and I love symmetry. Therefore I found angle and spot, where they were standing just in the middle of this metal structure.

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Compositional Rules

Rule of ThirdsSymmetry


Lower Thirds


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Just regular focusing on faces of my couple. I just moved my single focus point little lower, on the area where they had faces and clicked.

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Focus Mode


Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on


Equipment &

Nikon Z6
NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
Tiffen BPM 1/4
1/1250 @ f/1.8 ISO50 WB-5200

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

It was probably the most challenging part of this picture, because we had very harsh light, clear sky with no clouds in the middle of the day. On the other hand we were in the greenhouse, so glass-roof kind of diffused light a little. So I knew I had to find spot, where this kind of light would become my friend not enemy.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

When I uploaded this image to CameraRaw I noticed that it was not straight, so first thing I had to rotate and crop it a little. I used my colour preset and worked perfectly. I just did one adjustment and increase darks in curve section. The reason was quite simple, I wanted this image to be like painting from some impressionist, so I decided to soft it a little and reduce contrast.

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Editing Software
Adobe Photoshop
Preset Used
Custom Preset


The biggest challenge for me was to find spot with perfect light. When I spotted this painted wall and leaves I knew right away what to do.

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Just looking around.

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Location Name

Greenhouse in Nitra

Location aDDRESS

Very close to the Nitra river, old greenhouses. Quite difficult to find.

Loation Type




First, you need to find this kind of greenhouse, that created most of this image. Leaves, wall were very specific and I had never seen anything like this before. If you find something close to this, then just try to show as much as you can from it, placing the couple in minimal part of frame. Then I would recommend to set the mood. If I would be at the same place before dawn for example, I would likely to pose more intimate, like they are alone there at this secret place.

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