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Italian Fairy Tale - Fotomagoria

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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How did you direct your subject(s)?

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.

What did you say?

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!

How did you compose your image?

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.

How and what did you focus on?

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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How did you use the light in your image?

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.

Italian Fairy Tale - Fotomagoria

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

320

Aperture

f/4

ISO

250

White Balance

Auto

Italian Fairy Tale - Fotomagoria

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

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.

Software Used

Preset

Own personal Presets

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What challenges did you face?

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

How did you solve them?

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.

Italian Fairy Tale - Fotomagoria

Can you share any last thoughts or 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.⁠

Fotomagoria

Shooting since

2012

Current Home

Italy

Website

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Ciao! I am Magda. My brand’s name is inspired by the word and feeling of ‘phantasmagoria’. My style is timeless with a mix of photojournalistic and editorial approach. I love all things adventure. Road trips by own camper, adventurous, intimate weddings, horse riding, Mediterranean lifestyle, and multi day mountain hikes. 5 years ago I ventured with my kids to start a new life in a new country, new culture, and first time as a full-time photographer specializing in couples, weddings, and elopements. Since then I have been calling Tuscany our home and traveling worldwide to create magic. I learned photography myself through countless pitfalls. Now I share my knowledge so that you do not have to repeat my mistakes.

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