• afternoon
  • Bright
  • Center Framed
  • Ceremony
  • full body
  • Harsh Light
  • Leading lines
  • natural frames
  • Natural Light
  • Unposed

The story behind the image

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This picture was taken during a wedding ceremony in Santorini, Greece. During the ceremony we usually split – one of us is in front and one in the back. That’s very helpful in order to capture everything perfectly without moving a lot. In this case we couldn’t move a lot since the only way to the front was the aisle. We always do a wide-shot from the aisle to capture the whole scenery. Especially with a view like the unique Caldera view in Santorini and also lighting wise this was probably the best angle to shoot. Since the ceremony space was very narrow we could perfectly capture everything in one frame.
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When we took this picture one of us was standing on an elevation using a 24mm lense. We decided to shoot from a slightly elevated position to not have the island in the background crossing the couples heads. Also this way we could see more of the sea instead of sky. The couple who’s standing symmetric in front of the triangle arch, are in the center of the composition.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Our focus point was on the brides head. We took this picture in live-view mode in order to be able to rise our camera even a bit higher to get the ideal angle.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

His face

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 24mm f/1.4 L
1/4000 @ f/2.5 ISO100 WB-Auto

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

The ceremony was held in the afternoon. The light was quite harsh and also the sea was reflecting very bright. Normally we would pretty much loose the background however our life saver was a typical greek white house behind us, bouncing back the sunlight. Also we used aperture 2.5 (24mm) to not loose to many details in the background.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

Since the light was perfectly equal for this time of the day we didn’t need to edit a lot. We used our CxR Preset to give the pic the color look we love and we increased the whites. We used Lightroom’s upright function to straighten the lines, due to the distortion of the 24mm lens.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


It’s always a huge challenge when something is setted so perfectly, to picture it perfectly as well. Because things look stunning by eye but how to capture it in one frame when the lighting situation is not ideal..
It was challenging to picture the couple exactly in the middle of the arch without having the little triangle arch in someones face – also we were running the risk of having a back focus on the triangle arch. The harsh reflecting sea made it difficult for the auto focus as well. Also we wanted to keep the view and not blur out the background too much.

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The lens hood helps focusing and it makes a more clear picture because it prevents from too much light. We went on an elevation to improve the angle and to have a more clean background. We took the picture in live-view mode to see instantly if the picture was in focus. We kept the view by using a 2.5 aperture which is not very much open using a 24mm lens.

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Location Name

Oia, Santorini

Location aDDRESS

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Loation Type




If you are not sure how to capture a situation perfectly, just try out different lenses, angles and camera settings.. The couple was standing in this position for a few minutes. Enough time for you to experiment a little bit. Also, if your autofocus goes crazy by too much light coming from the front, you can block out the sun by using your hand. Just hold your hand in front of the sun.. press the shutter half way to focus your couple, then move your hand out of the pic and press the shutter.

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