Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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This was taken during a stunning summer evening this year (2020) in Mallorca. Our Bride, who was definitely in a party mood after having a good few drinks already, came to find her Groom. It was at that moment that they fell into this embrace. During the evening, I had seen this spot with the string lights over the table and I was hoping to find a cool chance to take a picture there – and so I ended up waiting in this general area for that chance to happen.
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Location

Location Name

Finca Son Togores

Location aDDRESS

Finca Son Togores,. Palma-Valldemossa km. 10-F200 Esporles, Mallorca 39.664971, 2.633543, 07190, Spanien

Country

Spain

Location TYPE

Wedding / Event Venue

Equipment

Camera

Sony A9

Flash

None

Lens

Sigma Art 28mm 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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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

The goal of this composition was to have the couple in the center of the frame while also having the string lights in the background. Since the lights all formed leading lines towards the couple, the attention is driven straight to them. They also ended up framing them by being above them.

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Tags

Center Framed Leading Lines Full Body

Focus

Focus mode

af-c single point focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Brides face

Focus description

I focused using the viewfinder with my single point autofocus because it really helps to control where the camera locks on to. With bright elements like the string lights, the camera could easily get tricked into thinking it should focus on those instead of the couple if we used a matrix focus method or something where the camera reads the entire frame.

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Shutter Speed

1/500

Aperture

f/2.0

ISO

2500

White Balance

Auto

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

How the light was used

Since the string lights let off plenty of light, this shot worked totally fine without a flash. I try my best to shoot without flash as much as possible (but sometimes I just have to) as it makes the image feel a lot more natural. The string lights from behind also created a beautiful rim-light which helped to separate our couple from the background.

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Tags

Artificial Light Night Candles

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

I edited this picture with our lightroom preset “Josi”. We simply adjusted the white balance by making it a bit cooler (to reduce the warm glows) and brought up the exposure. We also finish off our edits with a vignette & a slight layer of grain.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The main challenge I had was actually capturing this moment as it happened. Things like this happen once (authentically) and go by incredibly fast. It was also a bit tricky to expose since I wasn’t sure if the image would be a bit too dark to edit.

Solutions I found

The bride was just such a happy & emotional person on the day and I knew that if I stuck around her, I’d be able to capture a ton of authentic & beautiful moments. Since I was actively looking to capture a shot like this, I just made sure to watch the couple and get myself ready just before it happened.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to shoot without flash when it’s possible. When you have nice lights, like in this case string lights and candles, try to shoot without flash to capture the atmosphere of the wedding. The perfectly lit shots may be nice and sharp, but it also takes away a bit of atmosphere from the image. My advice is, to flash when there is bad light ( to less or with color or led… ) and don’t flash in these situations. Use it only when you really have to.
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Photographed by

Kreativ Wedding

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