• afternoon
  • almost kiss
  • Artificial Light
  • Back lit
  • calm
  • Center Framed
  • Close up
  • Creative
  • holding each other
  • intimate
  • Intimate Framing
  • Rim Light
  • Rule of thirds

The story behind the image

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I managed to put together a spontaneous shoot with these two beautiful people, but the weather turned out to be pretty grey and rainy and I wasn’t quite sure what to do. Even German landscapes (in our region) are not super exciting, so I decided to try something different. I took a dedolight with me (it’s a video light, that’s ‘constantly on’. Not like an external light for a camera that flashes) and thought I’d give try something a little different. Normally I am not a fan of using artificial lights to fake the sun (we tried this before with flashes and it really didn’t look great), but we figured we didn’t have anything to lose.

To our surprise, the weather turned out great and the sun came out to give us a beautiful sunset. I was a bit bummed that I couldn’t try what I wanted to do with the dedolight. So, after taking some great sunset shots, we hung around a bit longer until it was dark, and then I started experimenting. And we got so excited about the results! We only used the dedolight and some clingfilm on our lens (to add more flare & glow to the light) and we managed to get that sunset feeling.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We often bring music to our couple shoots, and here we made sure to play something quite provocative to help get them into this deep, sexy, mood. We told our couple to forget about us, and to just imagine that they were 100% alone and to really get into the intimacy.

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What did you say?

Just listen to the music and imagine that you are alone, maybe alone in bed, close your eyes and just enjoy your kisses

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Tone of Directions



My goal was to have them in the center and play with the cling film and the light to create that sparkling sunset mood. Since I placed the clingfilm around my lens, I kept the couple in the middle to add more emphasis to their intimacy while allowing enough space for the light to play with the film.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

The focusing here was definitely one of the biggest challenges since it was so dark and the cling film on the lens also caused us some trouble. I wanted to focus on her mouth and tried to do so through my viewfinder since lips tend to be very intimate. It also had plenty of contrast to lock on to in this very dark scene.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Girls face

Equipment &

Sony A9 II
Sigma Art 28mm f/1.4
1/160 @ f/2.5 ISO1250 WB-Shadow

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

The main light source was our dedolight which we placed just behind our couple. We did this because it meant that we could shoot into the light, allowing us to capture a “fake” sun as well as a beautiful glow (due to the clingfilm). We also wanted the light from the dedolight to be a bit softer, so we sprayed some dry shampoo on it which helps to soften the intensity of it.

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Light Type

Artificial Light

Time of day


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I edited these pictures with our kwp Josi preset and enhanced the lights by making them quite a bit brighter and controlled/reduced the saturation of them. I also removed a small spot on her face, that’s it.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


Focusing was definitely a challenge here since first it was quite dark, then we had the clingfilm on the lens which sometimes tricked our camera and finally, our couple was moving – so it definitely was difficult.

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I just shot as much as I could, even if we lost focus in some shots. I tend to like soft-focused shots since it adds to an intimate mood; and it didn’t bother me that a few shots weren’t as sharp as they could have been.

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Location Name

Wahner heide

Location aDDRESS

Wahner Heide, 51147 Cologne

Loation Type

Garden / Field



If you are doing a shoot for free, take that chance to try something new. Get out of your comfort zone and play with ideas that you did in the past, even if at that time you had a completely different style. It could even have been cheesy, but it doesn’t matter so long as you go out and try something and see how you can make it cool. It’s also a great way to learn new techniques that you can bring to a wedding.

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