Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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This was taken at a gorgeous wedding in Puglia, Italy sometime in September. After the cocktail hour, we decided to take some pictures of the bridesmaids and groomsmen by this beautiful backdrop of the ceremony. The bride, Josi, fit perfectly inside the flower arch and so it was at that moment that we took the chance to grab some portraits of her.
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Location

Location Name

Masseria san Giovanni

Location aDDRESS

72015 Fasano, Brindisi, Italien

Country

Italy

Location TYPE

Courtyard

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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Directions

Tags

Energetic Playful Dancing

Description

I asked the bride to walk towards me, turn around, and just play with her dress. This way I had plenty of material to work with as there was a lot of movement. What was most important for me was that she always kept moving, almost like a dance.

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What was said

Josi, grab your dress and walk/run towards me back and forth. Dance, laugh, run, scream, just have fun and celebrate! And really LOVE your dress!

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

The most important part of the composition was the flower arch forming a frame around our bride. By positioning ourselves in such a way that allowed her to be framed within this arch creates a beautiful feeling of symmetry. The eyes naturally are drawn to the bride as she is centered, and framed.

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Tags

Center Framed Wide Full Body

Focus

Focus mode

af-c single point focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Brides face

Focus description

Since there was a lot of movement in this series, I didn’t just focus on one point. With each new shot, I tried to move myself to focus on different parts such as the eyes, the hands, the dress, etc…

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Shutter Speed

1/640

Aperture

f/2,5

ISO

1000

White Balance

Auto

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

How the light was used

At this point, the sun had just set and so we didn’t have too much time left to shoot. However, with the sun not being out, it meant the light that we did have was really nice and soft. In such light, we don’t actually need to pay too much attention to where it was coming from since it’s very forgiving.

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Tags

Soft Light Sunset Shade

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 image with the Josi Presets in Lightroom and simply increased the white balance to bring out some more warmth while also softening the contrasts by raising the shadows and softening the highlights.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

=The biggest challenge was the time. Since the sun had already set and with every second the light was fading fast, we really had to be quick on our feet to get all that we wanted.

Solutions I found

The bride just so happened to be a complete natural at these movements which meant that it was really easy and fast for us to get our shots. Since time really was running out, I switched to burst mode and basically held down the shutter. I came back with a ton of shots just from this session and that’s okay since It increased my chances of getting that one awesome shot.

Advice

When you’re tight on time during your shoot, definitely try and switch to burst mode and shoot as much as you can. It also doesn’t hurt to try and raise your ISO as a last resort, you may just come back with that awesome shot – and so be it if it needs a bit of noise reduction. Rather a noisy image of a great moment than none at all.
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Photographed by

Kreativ Wedding

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