Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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This photograph is taken in frames of the editorial I’ve shot for a Bridal shop (Natural Bride Boutique) in Barcelona. In 2020 I found this new passion of mine towards modern and unconventional bridal concepts and fashion. Creating alongside beautiful and inspiring women and empowering others has become the cornerstone of my business and photography. I decided to set up this particular editorial in a field on the top of the hill, where we started off a little before the golden hour and finished at twilight.
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Location

Location Name

Barcelona

Location aDDRESS

San Cugat, Spain

Country

Spain

Location TYPE

Garden / Field

Equipment

Camera

Nikon Z6

Flash

None

Lens

Nikon 50mm f/1.4

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Calm Natural Walking

Description

I asked the models to slowly walk a little apart from each other. Usually, when I shoot editorials with professional models, I give them as much freedom to express themselves as possible. So for this shot, they could be walking at different speeds, looking in the camera or somewhere else, etc. All I wanted is to get that “effortless” natural shot of two brides walking in the field wrapped up in the softest blue hour light.

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What was said

Alright girls, could you now walk past the camera, a little apart from each other i.e. P. please walk slightly more in front and I. will be walking behind you. Feel free to look wherever you want, including the camera, as well as feel free to move your hands, grab the dress, etc.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

I wanted to keep this shot at a medium distance to get the models’ facial expression + still include the backdrop in the frame. Also, I left more space on the left since they are walking in that direction; and that space allows the viewer to predict where they are going.

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Tags

Rule of Thirds Center Framed Mid Range

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Live View Continuous

Focused on

First model

Focus description

Focusing was very simple; i just moved my focus points on the model that looks in the camera since she was the one who was going to be making the biggest connection with the viewer. Anytime someone looks into your lens, they are looking at the people who view the photograph – and that draws a connection.

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Shutter Speed

1/40

Aperture

f/5.6

ISO

100

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 for this shot was directly in the blue hour which was incredibly soft and easy to work with. Though it does disappear pretty fast so we had to work quite quickly. Since the light was so soft, it didn’t really matter where we had our models – and in this case, the sun was behind them (to the right of the image), which also happened to give off a nice light on the models face (who looked into the lens).

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Tags

Soft Light Directional Light Sunset

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used

My own, unpublished

How I edited this image

I used my own presets that are not yet out. In this photo, I was after the soft and tender look. I reduced the greens and bumped up the exposure + warmth. I left skin tones light and slightly peachy and, used a small piece of plastic-wrapped on my lens to create that ghostly soft look on the lower part of the image. I also used the “soften skin” brush in LR to smoothen the skin, but always keep its texture natural.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

Working with two models at the same time is always quite a challenge as there will surely be many pictures that you’d disregard just because one of them was giving you the feeling you needed and the other was not. :)

Also, artistically directing and preparing an editorial always entails load of background work, such as talking to vendors, finding moods, model casting, etc. This one took up a lot of time as well, but I the result was worth it!

Solutions I found

Because of that, I always try to repeat “poses”/actions that we do throughout the shoot at least couple times to make sure I got all the necessary shots.

Advice

My advice would be to try an experiment as much as possible. Take things like little plastic covers and place them in front of your lens to create a soft & dreamy look. There are no limits to creativity and you may even discover something so unique that it actually becomes associated with you. Just keep trying.
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