Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

At the end of the wedding coverage and after saying cheers to our couple, we normally do our rounds finding the vendors who are still there and say a personal goodbye. It’s a nice gesture and often times we do it because we had a really good connection with them.

While speaking to the owners of this wedding venue, we had a look over the field towards whether the dance party was happening and being in the middle of the Tuscan wilderness with no lights around – this tiny section of life stood out amongst the blackness of the night. We immediately realized that this would be such a killer shot for an end to the wedding story.
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Composition

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Since this spot of light was pretty small amongst the night environment, we wanted to play a bit with minimalism. We framed it in the centre of the frame as best we could (we fine-tuned it in Lightroom afterwards), and allowed enough space around the dance floor to accentuate the minimalism.
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Allow your frame enough space so you have the flexibility to crop in more precisely in lightroom later on.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on the crowd Single Shot Autofocus
The focus in this shot was pretty easy to lock on to since the dance floor had a massive spot light shining onto the guests. This was plenty of light for the camera to find its contrast. We simply moved our single focus point over the general area of the dance floor, held our camera as steady as we could, and found the focus.
Light & Weather

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There wasn’t much light to work within this shot, and that played to our advantage since it allowed the dance floor to be the only thing sticking out in the night. That being said, there was a massive spotlight shining directly on the guests as they danced. This did create a bit of challenge as the highlights were immediately blown out.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/160 f/1.2 ISO 5000 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D mark IV

Lens

Canon 85mm f/1.2 L

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

Software used:

 

The edits of this image were a bit more complex than normal due to the amount of noise caused by shooting at ISO 5000. We added our base preset Protea and then tweaked the colors as well as the usual exposure sliders to get the minimal look we were after. We then took an adjustment brush and painted over areas that we wanted to darken, and areas where we wanted to control the highlights.
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This image was edited with

Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
The hardest part with this image was keeping ourselves steady while shooting with a long lens in such low light. Along with this, another challenge was the highlights being blown out by the spotlight.

Location

Wedding / Event Venue Italy

The Lazy Olive

The Lazy Olive, Loc. Finerri, 7, 53041 Asciano SI, Italy

Final tips & Advice

Keep your eyes open and look for strong “ending” shots. Think of the location, or the dance floor and see if you can shoot it from further away. It adds a nice closure to the coverage as it leaves the viewers with something in their minds. It’s like a “slow fade” to the story rather than an abrupt cut.

Sometimes you may be in a situation where you’re really going to have to push your camera to its limits. Our advice is to just do it. Rather sort out the trouble of noise later on than to not take the image at all and potentially miss out on a cool shot.
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Melli & Shayne

Photographer Germany Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 50mm f/1.2 L
We are Melli & Shayne, a couple coming from vastly different worlds but have been inseparable ever since we met in Zanzibar. We have been passionately capturing love stories since 2014 and have loved every step of the way. We love to meet fellow photographers, to share our knowledge amongst a bottle (or two) of wine and support every one wherever we can.
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