Italian Fairy Tale - Fotomagoria

Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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My brand name derives straight from phantasmagoria. My clients often notice and comment on the atmosphere in my photos. It is an integral part of my style, this aura of mystery, and the immersion in a fairy-tale world. The couple was on their honeymoon, in an idyllic state of mind, suspended out of real-life, and living their Dolce Vita dream.

I offered them to travel to the most colorful island in the world, which is located in Italy, hoping that we could immerse ourselves in this carefree and dreamy atmosphere. Earlier, I helped the couple choose their outfit to match the architecture. Of all the colors you can find on the island, I focused on these pastels tones. In this photo, the colors of the walls perfectly match the color of the couple’s clothes. It was, of course, a deliberate choice on my part. We walked all over the island and when I saw this house I got the vision. I saw this cinematic and dreamlike scene in my head so I spontaneously guided them to get the effect of my imagination.
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Location

Location Name

Burano

Location aDDRESS

Burano, 30142 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Country

Italy

Location TYPE

City

Equipment

Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Flash

None

Lens

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Italian Fairy Tale - Fotomagoria

Directions

Tags

Energetic Holding Hands Dancing Movement

Description

I asked my couple to take a gentle dancing musical stride along the wall of the house. I was standing on the other side of the canal so I was shouting my orders from the other bank. I made a lot of shots in motion so that later, from the many less successful ones, I chose the best frame, where their bodies blend in perfectly with the lines of the building.

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What was said

Hold your hands, one of you goes first and leads the other carelessly without looking into the lens. Feel and act like you are in a musical!

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

I’m quite obsessive with compositions and lines. I wanted the lines of the house, the hanging laundry and the walking couple to comply with the Rules of Thirds. Of course, planning the frame according to these lines happens intuitively after many years of work, I don’t have to think about it on the set. I thought that the couple matched well at the level of lines in composition, but also in color. So that the color of his jacket contrasts with the pink and at the same time refers to the blue on the left side of the frame.

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Tags

Rule of Thirds Lower Thirds Symmetry

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

couple

Focus description

I tried to focus on a couple, which of course was not easy, because they were in constant motion. I simply moved my single focus point over the couple and tried to track them as best as I could.

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Shutter Speed

320

Aperture

f/4

ISO

250

White Balance

Auto

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

How the light was used

The light was completely natural. We managed to disperse it perfectly, because the sun was already hidden behind the buildings. I chose the time close to the sunset to have these pleasant golden hour tones. Since it was a sunny day, it was possible to get enough exposure in the shade, as it reflected from the houses opposite and from the water in the canal.

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Tags

Soft Light Bright Natural Light

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Italian Fairy Tale - Fotomagoria

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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used
Preset Used

Own personal Presets

How I edited this image

I applied my own custom preset and I kept the pastel tones as much as possible. I tweaked the white balance, brightened it a bit, and decreased the contrast. I straightened the lines, cropped according to the compositional principle of thirds, and with spot removal, I removed unnecessary objects and dirt on the walls.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

A typical challenge that I encounter when working in Italy in such locations is too harsh light and a very large number of tourists.

Solutions I found

To avoid too persistent light, I choose golden hour for my shootings.
I try to do scouting earlier to know where I can find less crowded gems.
But if it is really impossible to avoid the presence of casual crowds, we just wait patiently for the right moment to gain a clean background.

Advice

My advice for photographers: Don’t be shy to create your magic. Be stubborn in sticking to your visions, move objects if needed, and get rid of unwanted distractions to achieve clean and impactful images at the end.⁠
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Fotomagoria

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