jump to

Hollie and Antonio’s wedding was very sentimental and full of tenderness but it was at the same time very relaxed and fun. During the party a percussion band was playing to the sound of Techno music, animating the party as I have rarely seen! These were one of the last two shots I took before I left, I wanted to show the dynamism of the party by creating a single image with an overlap of two shots. Throughout the explanation, I will talk about the shots separately (A and B)

Join the newsletter & be notified of new content

How did you compose your image?

Lighting and the psychology of color form an important part of this composition, with the point of interest centered, enveloped by the light, separating it from the rest of the people dancing. Both shots were shot without a tripod looking for the effect of movement even in the elements of the room.

How and what did you focus on?

A: Focused on the center. In the first image, I looked for a shaky image that seems subtly out of focus but at the same time has gained part of the image in focus after shooting at f / 8. The effect is created by the shutter speed of 0.3 sec at ISO 100

B: Focused on the center. In the second image, I wanted to freeze the main motion and at the same time separate it from the other characters. To do this, wait for the key moment by shooting at f / 1.8 and speed 1/250 with an ISO 400


How did you use the light in your image?

I took advantage of the room lighting and DJ lighting to achieve the result I was after. The main figure is framed by the main orange lighting that represents the environment. The fun, the excitement of the party and the sociability and volume from the ambient light with its complementary color, blue, play beautifully together as they form a perfect contrast between warm and cold.

What was the gear & settings you used?

*Links may contain affiliate links


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II





Shutter Speed

0,3 - 1/250


f/8 - 1.8


100 - 400

White Balance


How did you edit your image & what did you use?

Both images are edited separately with the same settings. Applied my preset in LR first, I adjusted the white balance and color gradation.

Exported and taken to Photoshop placing image B as the base with the main motion and creating a new layer with image A on top, with the Normal blending mode and opacity at 50%

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic


Own personal Presets

*Links may contain affiliate links

What challenges did you face?

I wanted to capture the whole scene and the challenge was to wait for the right situation to occur.

How did you solve them?

The great advantage of making these types of images separately is that you can try several times if you are not completely sure that people’s silhouettes are going to be great in the final result. You can also control the degree of opacity in Photoshop layers and use layer masks to show or hide areas that don’t interest you.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Think by yourself. Always look for an alternative way to express what you are looking for.

Adrián Vilanova

Shooting since


Current Home




I’m 35 years old, born in Valencia, Spain. After nine years working as a lab technician in molecular biology, and two years studying at art school, I started to follow my great passion and became a destination and elopement wedding photographer. I take the time to enjoy the small things, and with that gain inspiration for my work. I run away from normality and stay true to my own style and way of thinking. I love to share my passion and vision with my clients and other photographers. I have one life, and I aim to color outside the lines.

Join the newsletter & be notified of new content

Keep on exploring

The Kitcheners
The Hendrys
Gaby Scheer Photo
Esteban Meneses
Kreativ Wedding
A Bear Photography

Want to be a part of
How I Shot This?


Login to your account