the Shoot

Location Equipment
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This image was taken at the place of one of our friends. It was an inspiration Indoor Workshops in September 2021. I always tell my students how important it is to focus on the emotions and an intimate framing of the image. For this image, I was standing next to a student and told her to get even closer (we were shooting at 35mm) because the emotions would be even stronger than if she shot the photo wider. What makes the picture so interesting besides the intimacy is the composition. If you look closely, you can see all the little triangles in the picture.
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Location Name


Location aDDRESS




Location TYPE

Old House



Canon R6




Sigma ART 35mm f/1.4

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Calm Intimate Natural Lying Down


I always play sensual music during my indoor shoots so that the couple can totally relax and fall into the flow of the music. I explained this to the workshop students too. For this picture, I asked the woman to gently stroke her partner’s beard or chin with her hand, close her eyes and enjoy the moment.

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What was said

I want you to gently stroke his beard with your hand. Or even his chin. Just close your eyes, forget everything and enjoy the moment.

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Why I composed the way I did

I wanted to capture a very intimate frame for this shot and I purposely chose to cut most of the guy out. It just brings the viewers closer to the moment which makes everything feel a lot more intimate. I did, however, keep a bit of his nose, cheek, and chin in frame which also formed a sort of triangle – leading towards the girl. This shot wouldn’t have had the same effect if I shot it wider.

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Rule of Thirds Leading Lines Close Up Intimate Framing


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Live View Single Shot

Focused on

Her Nose

Focus description

I focused on her nose in the picture and deliberately chose an aperture of 2.8 so that the picture would not be too soft and you would not know what to focus on in the picture. Since her eyes were closed, I saw no need to focus on her eyes. I chose Live View mode so that I could show my student directly what the image would look like if you got close enough.

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Shutter Speed






White Balance


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

How the light was used

The couple was lying on a bed, the woman with her back to the window, through which we got by with available light on a bright, sunny day. (There was no direct sunlight, however). The window was large and the room painted white, which was perfect to brighten couple enough. The light from behind provides contrast and light-shadow play through the contours on the face, which makes the whole picture even more interesting than if the couple had been completely lit directly.

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Soft Light Back lit Directional Light Window Light Natural Light Indoor

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used

Own Personal Presets

How I edited this image

I use my presets, which I usually only have to adjust for temperature, brightness, and blacks. I cloned away a couple of skin imperfections, softened the skin, and added sharpening as an adjustment. I use Adobe Lightroom Classic for all my photo editing.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The only challenge was finding the right angle, since I was shooting down from an angle. As soon as the angle is not right, the image composition no longer works.

Solutions I found

I take several photos and change my angle only very slightly.


Learn the rules and break them.
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Photographed by

Kathrin Krok

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