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This image was taken during a pre-wedding couple session, where we were in a house and our proposal was to make a more intimate rehearsal of the couple-shoot, indoors, using common environments such as the living room, bedroom, kitchen. During the session, I noticed a light coming through a small window in the part of the room so I decided to explore this light to get a slightly more dramatic effect in the image.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I asked the couple to place themselves in two planes, one in front of the other, but not covering each other, and I asked them to allow the light to hit their faces in order to capture the image I had envisioned. The groom was bothered by the light hitting his eye and it was then that I came up with the idea of composing the image asking him to cover his face with one of his hands, hiding only the eye where the light was hitting.

What did you say?

Carla get closer to the wall and feel the light hitting your face, relax your expression, close your eyes and feel the light. Andre, stand a little forward but also try to feel the light hitting your face, now with your left hand cover the eye where the light is hitting and relax.

How did you compose your image?

For this image, my priority was the play between shadow and light, trying to use the line created by the light to give the desired impact to the image. For the composition, I chose to center the image, placing the couple right in the center, leaving a large breather on top of the image in order to give a feeling of greater scale. The line of light also forms part of the composition as it leads the viewers straight to the faces of the couple.

How and what did you focus on?

To focus on this image, I didn’t want to shoot with a wide-open aperture knowing the risk that the groom may fall out of focus. So, I made sure to set the appropriate aperture setting & focused on the bride.


How did you use the light in your image?

For this image, I noticed that from a small window in the room, a very strong light came in, and formed a well-defined line near the wall. I tried to place this light on the side so that it would illuminate the couple’s face to make the image feel dimensional as it created highlights and shadows on the faces of my subjects. I had this creative idea of just lighting their faces in this light beam, and so I positioned them so that the light only lit their heads.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Canon 5D Mark III


Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L





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

For this photo, after applying my preset, I tried to emphasize the shadows giving a little more contrast. I used a graduated filter, darkening the shadows on the top and bottom of the image even more.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic


Personal Presets

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What challenges did you face?

The biggest difficulty in this image was to be able to fit the couple exactly in the beam of light that came through the window so that I would only illuminate what I wanted to show, leaving the rest of the image darker.

How did you solve them?

For that, the direction was fundamental. Besides, it helped to repeate the scene a few times in order to get the best framing until everything was perfectly fitted in the position I liked.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

I would like to share that it is worth spending time thinking about and planning an image which you envisioned and really believe in. For this image, we spent some time until it was as we would like and in the end it was worth it.

Diogo Perez

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I am a person driven by the new, a complete experiencer who likes to meet people and connect with them. photography entered my life giving me this possibility to connect and experience the new with each shot.

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