• broken rules
  • outdoors
  • Wall
  • sunny
  • sun
  • Shadows
  • Serious
  • Posed
  • minimal
  • calm
  • Lookng Out
  • Light
  • Harsh Light
  • Creative shadows
  • creative light
  • Couple Shoot
  • Wedding

What inspired you for this shoot

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I have always been fascinated by lights and shadows, by the infinite possibilities they give you when you start to understand how to use them. In this shot I saw an opportunity and I immediately got excited because I saw it even before taking it. The warm light of the sunset and the clear shadows against the wall did the rest
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I wanted to give importance to the bride, so I asked her to stand in the light and look towards the sun. At the same time I asked the groom to stand in the shade and in profile to balance the shot and give importance to him too.

Sometimes it’s not easy to explain to your clients what you have in mind, for them they are unnatural positions that don’t make sense. it is therefore important, for me, to be able to pass the excitement I feel when I see a shot. The instructions must be simple, so that clients understand what to do, but it is the emotion we share that is the key to the success of the shot.

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What did you say?
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Tone of Directions

Calm, Excited


I love the rule of thirds, for me a shot must almost always be balanced. I decided to put the bride and groom on the left to be able to use the window as the center of the image and the street lamp as a balance for the couple. The warm color of the sunset light was perfect against the wall and created a very beautiful contrast with the sharp shadows of the building in front.

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Compositional Rules

Rule of ThirdsSymmetry


Center FramedMiddle ThirdsNegative Space


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I wanted a clear silhouette of the groom and at the same time also have the bride in focus, so I decided to close a little bit the aperture to get what I had in mind.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

The face

Equipment &

Nikon Z6ii
Nikkor 35mm f1.4G
1/5000 @ f/f2.8 ISO125 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

I believe that the most difficult light to use is the harsh one, the one that doesn’t give you compromises, in which you have to choose whether to highlight a subject or hide it. In this case I loved being able to play with the warm lights of the evening and the full shadows that they created.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I don’t like to edit too much my shots, I believe that a photo should be taken in the best possible way and if you then have to edit it too much then it means that you didn’t take it well.

In this case I just slightly cropped the image to remove the things that I didn’t wanted on the right, and darkened the shadows to make them full. I then slightly warmed the color of the image. That’s it.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Preset Used


Knowing how to use light gives us a huge advantage in creating the shots we want. We can highlight subjects and hide things we don’t like. Harsh lights are always a challenge to shoot, but at the same time they are exciting.

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I didn’t have any particular challenges taking this photo, we had time, the light was perfect and we were very calm. My clients were very helpful and happy to participate.

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Location Name

Castello di Montegioco

Location aDDRESS

Frazione Palazzo, 15050 Palazzo (AL), Italy

Loation Type

Inside of the castle



My personal advice is to look at as many photos as possible and try to understand how they were taken. If you like this shot of mine, the next time you see a shadow against a wall at sunset try to imagine a full negative space in which to place an illuminated subject. And then try, try and try again. It’s just practice. :-)

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