the Shoot

Location Equipment
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I took this photo on right at the end of an e-commerce shoot for an Italian jewel maker. We were wrapping up when this images sparked in my mind. The whole atmosphere was inspired by Dutch golden age artists and Renaissance paintings, which is an artistic period I really connect to. I quickly talked the model though my idea and we got the shot I wanted right away.
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Location Name

Artist's studio

Location aDDRESS

Monza, Italy



Location TYPE




Canon 5D Mark IV




Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Tone of Directions


Action of Directions

Movement Playful


I wanted to incorporate movement and angles so I asked to model to start swinging her body and arms while looking away from the light. I know sometimes these directions might make the subject feel weird so I really tried to reassure her that if it felt stupid, it was working and I made sure we were all laughing and not taking it too seriously while shooting.

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What was said

Ok, now I need you to trust me. I want you to start swinging side to side without looking at the light. I know it might feel stupid so if you feel this way, it’s because you’re doing exactly what I’m asking and it working.

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Why I composed the way I did

I wanted the image to be very dynamic so I made sure the model’s body was crating a nice S-shape with the dress coming out from one corner of the image. I position the model’s torso in the center of the image because that’s where most of the action is happening and I wanted to draw the eye right to that point. I also played with negative space to give some room for the action to take place.

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Compositional Rules

Broken Rules

Compositional Framing

Center Framed


Focus mode


Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

her dress

Focus description

I focused on the lightest part of the image, her dress. I was working with a slower shutter speed and I knew the focus wouldn’t be crazy sharp, so I didn’t worry too much on having the eye perfectly in focus.

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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

I used a continuous light with a 50x70cm soft box placed at 45 degree-angles.

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Type of light

Artificial Light Softbox

Time of Day


Quality of LIght

Soft Directional



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 used my own presets. It tends to warm up the image a bit, add a little grain and desaturate. I brought back some contrast after applying my preset.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

None in particular, this photo came out of pure on-the-moment inspiration and fun.

Solutions I found

Again, none in particular


The fun story behind this photo is that it was taken in 3 seconds right before calling it a day. The whole team ended up loving this shot. I guess the moral of the story is that going off board with the brief and let your mind and ideas speak for yourself sometimes pays off.
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Photographed by

Matteo Rossi Fotografia

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