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The confetti shot is a common occurrence at any wedding, for me, I always want to capture that fun vibrant moment as the couple and guests are experiencing it.

The main motivation and inspiration for me in this type of shot is always “Don’t miss it” and capture the FUN! I always feel a bit anxious before this happens, but this is good. It keeps me focussed and on my toes.

Focus and understanding your camera and your environment really pays off in these shots. There is normally not enough time to direct clients in a confetti shot. And you want to keep it as natural and authentic as possible.

But I always remind the clients before the walkout “That this will be their only and last opportunity to walk out of their ceremony. And they should just enjoy every moment of it”

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How did you compose your image?

I used a centered frame approach to create a focal point on the wedding couple and the directional lines created from their guests to support this focus point. I also wanted to get the scenic background in the shot to make sure I am not standing at the back of the tunnel but rather moving with them.

How and what did you focus on?

I used autofocus on the couple walking down the confetti tunnel. I always use autofocus on fast continues shooting. These moments happens so fast that there is no time for manual focus and ensures a crisp shot.

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How did you use the light in your image?

The scene had soft atmospheric light, but the vibrant Autumn colors reflected warmer tones. It was a cloudy day with sun flares peeking at some points. Very ideal for outdoor weddings. I was very happy with the end result.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/400

Aperture

f/2.8

ISO

250

White Balance

6000

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

I used my personal preset that I developed for outdoor wedding Photography. I wanted to depict the natural warm tones of the environment and also stay true to the vibrance of the moment. By adjusting and bringing the highlight down I could show more of the scenic background that was blown out by the brighter light.

I had to adjust the luminance of the orange slider in the HSL curves to create a bit of highlights on the couple’s faces and support the focus point. It was in a sense a very easy edit.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom

Preset

Own personal Presets

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What challenges did you face?

The main challenge was getting the scenic background in the shot, I wanted to make sure the viewer can still experience what the couple and guests got to feel on that day.

How did you solve them?

Walking with the client and position myself in a manner that I get that scenic background in the shot.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

When you understand the main objective of a shot, try to keep that as the single minded message that viewer receives when seeing it for the first time.

Frank and the Misses

Shooting since

2017

Current Home

South Africa

Website

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This is us Ricardo and Chérie the hubby and wife team behind Frank and the Misses. Ricardo is the main Photographer. I don’t really know what my title is, but I am a visual storyteller, photographer, and multi-media designer, according to my email tag. When I am not taking photos, I think of taking photos and doing other stuff like lecturing, baking bread, and attempting wood lathing. I spend most of my days with my better half Cherie Liut She is the mastermind behind all the epic video creations, designs, and our other company. She loves loud new pop music (I, on the other hand, loves classic Disney scores). She draws, designs, and creates the most incredible new things. She has the kindest heart and inspires me each day, and I am so proud to say she is my other half. Chérie is also a mean cook and bakes a mouth-watering chocolate cake. On our trips to weddings, she reads me true crime stories – like a live audiobook. We are both obsessed with pawn shops; we spent most lunch breaks driving to pawn shops to search for new treasures. We love to travel and can’t wait to see more of this world but when we do we miss our 4 furry kids back home, Frida (our Giant schnauzer and the life of every party), Alfredo aka Alfie aka Balfie (our ball obsessed border collie), Archie (the prettiest boy cat we’ve ever come across) and last but not least Max (a stray who unexpectedly came into our lives and changed it for the better)

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