• action
  • Movement
  • Unposed
  • Trees
  • Soft Light
  • Shade
  • Real Wedding
  • Outdoor
  • Natural
  • Leading lines
  • celebration
  • Frozen Movement
  • exit
  • Documentary
  • Confetti
  • Cloudy
  • Ceremony Exit
  • Center Framed
  • unstaged

The story behind the image

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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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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.

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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

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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Focus Mode

Continuous Autofocus

Focus POints

Multi Point

Focused on

The Wedding Couple

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark iii
Sigman 35mm f/1.4 Art
1/400 @ f/2.8 ISO250 WB-6000

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 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.

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Light Type

Natural Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

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.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom
Preset Used
Own personal Presets


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.

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

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Location Name

Minas Art Cafe & Farm Venue

Location aDDRESS

Cheerio Road

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue


South Africa

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.

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