Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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A few days after the wedding, we went with this couple to a beautiful forest in the heart of Tuscany. We were looking for a very dark atmosphere and this forest was perfect to express what we wanted to convey, it felt like being in a Netflix series or a Tim Burton movie.

I think one of the most important things is the empathy you have with a couple. In this case, there was such chemistry and harmony that almost nothing had to be explained. Our style reflected their tastes and they were exactly the couple that best represents us.

Also, one thing that we immediately knew we would use is the oil lamp, we love them and they give an even darker and more mysterious atmosphere to the photos. So we started shooting until we came across this point where, through the trees, the light passed through and ended in the center of the road. It was perfect, it really looked like a television series set.

About her tastes, her style perfectly mirrored ours and when you find a couple with whom you have such strong empathy, things really happen naturally.
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Location

Location Name

Reggello

Location aDDRESS

Reggello, Italy

Country

Italy

Location TYPE

Forest

Equipment

Camera

Nikon D750

Flash

None

Lens

Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Calm Posed Serious

Description

Knowing them very well and being on the same wavelength there was actually very little to say. This couple, and in this case the bride, knew perfectly well what to do because both we and her wanted to achieve the same result. In this case, we have given minimal directions.

We wanted a very dark portrait but with few and fundamental points of light (in this case the face, the dress, and the oil lamp) so we told her to have a very serious, gloomy, and vain gaze, to believe in herself and to almost seem presumptuous so as to give exactly the emotion we were looking for. We were able to achieve this because she trusted us, and we trusted her.

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What was said

I want you to give us a strong look, right into the lens. Even feel presumptuous. Think something quite dark, serious and powerful.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

We wanted a somber portrait, a portrait that looked like it came out of a Tim Burton movie or a Netflix series. We used a 50mm because it is the lens with which we are the most comfortable with and once we chose the location, we placed the bride in the middle of the street (we are obsessed with symmetry). The road creates leading lines that go straight towards the bride which guides the viewers straight to her. This symmetry & act of guiding is pleasing in composition.

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Tags

Rule of Thirds Center Framed Leading Lines Mid Range

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Bride

Focus description

We focused on the bride and used autofocus because except for a few cases it is the one we are the most successful and it is the fastest way.

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Shutter Speed

1/200

Aperture

f/2.8

ISO

200

White Balance

Auto

Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &
Exposure

How the light was used

We had little light in reality as the sun had set but still a little bit filtered through the trees. So we did a test and we chose the best point. We were facing the bride with the light source behind us. This way, whatever little bit of light was left was illuminating the front of the bride and her dress, even just enough for us to make it all out. This worked exactly as we had hoped as we envisioned things to be dark, black, and gloomy. f I had to do it again maybe I would arrive about 20 minutes early to do things a little more calmly.

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Tags

Soft Light Dark Natural Light Blue Hour Lanterns

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used
Preset Used

un preset creato da noi.

How I edited this image

A key aspect was certainly our preset. I truly believe that one of the secrets to a perfect shot is knowing your tools. The original photo is very dark but it was made so intentionally.

I used our preset, we know the results it gives, so we adjusted the camera based on that. Post-production was very light. We turned up the exposure to bring out the face and the dress and we adjusted the contrast and shadows just enough. No other software was used.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The main challenge was certainly the cold, we were at a fairly high altitude and once the sun went down the temperature dropped further and the weather was also a challenge. Once the sun went down, we didn’t have that much daylight left, so we had to act quickly.

Solutions I found

Obviously, the bride had a coat when not shooting. Once we found the spot and set up the camera, she took off her coat, positioned herself and we took the shot.

Advice

We would definitely do this shot again, it’s one of our favorites. And this I think is the secret. Always do things that represent you. It is impossible to please everyone, so instead of pleasing everyone by doing something normal, create your own niche, people who appreciate your style.

This will satisfy them, but first, it will satisfy you. Also always do a small inspection a few days before the shooting. The inspection is a fundamental step and if we can give advice, always do it a few days before the service, this will allow you to understand in what light you will shoot and what type of weather conditions you will find.
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