Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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After a nice little break during the winter off-season, our bones started itching for something to shoot. We didn’t have much of a plan in the beginning, but we just knew we wanted to go out and create something cool. So, we set ourselves up with a challenge: find a cool couple, find a location that’s nearby and go shoot.

This project was put together super spontaneously, and we were fortunate enough to find these two. Who was not a real couple, They were both two individuals keen to join us on this shoot, and man, were we stoked with how it came out. Normally, we avoid shooting ‘fake couples’ because we feel that it’s just not authentic. But since this shoot was something for us, creatively, and to help our development of a new project for our presets, we let it slide.

We found the most obvious, yet seemingly uninteresting spot to shoot – a challenge, yes. Right at the University of Erlangen (Germany). Together with the couple, a makeup artist, and a gorgeous sparkly dress we got from a bridal store, we went off to the shoot.

We battled ice-cold winds, and crowds of people all staring and taking their own photos of our little thingy-ma-jig. But you know what? We just focused on what we were doing and we couldn’t be more stoked with the outcome.
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Location

Location Name

FAU University

Location aDDRESS

Schloßplatz 4, 91054 Erlangen, Germany

Country

Germany

Location TYPE

Stairs

Equipment

Camera

Canon R5

Flash

None

Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Calm Holding Hands Natural Walking

Description

We kept this shot simple; we asked the groom to guide the bride up the stairs carefully. This little act of movement and gesture of help made things feel very natural. We did ask the bride to look down towards her flowers just so we could have a better profile of her instead of just the back of her head. Simple.

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What was said

[Groom], let’s have you help [Bride] up the stairs. Go up slowly and carefully and make sure she’s safe. [Bride], perhaps you could gaze down at your flowers while you’re walking up.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

Since there were quite a few distractions around us, we chose to shoot this vertically to limit what was included in the frame. This also helped us keep part of the sky, trees and the lights in the background in frame which lends itself to the story. We kept enough space above the couple to allow breathing room and tried to shoot this at a point where the bride wasn’t directly in front of those balls of light. We didn’t want to have complications later on while editing.

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Tags

Rule of Thirds Center Framed Leading Lines Wide Full Body

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Live View Single Shot

Focused on

The Brides back

Focus description

As the light was dwindling away relatively fast, we had to keep an eye on what our focus was doing. Fortunately, the canon R5 has an insanely good autofocus and so we just kept it on the back of the bride in it’s continuous mode and it followed her as she walked up.

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Shutter Speed

1/250

Aperture

f/1.2

ISO

400

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 disappeared behind the buildings and trees behind us. And out of nowhere, the university lights turned on, and initially, we were like “eewww, yuk”. But it actually turned out pretty darn sick. Since the light was incredibly soft, we didn’t really mind where or how we photographed this, but with those lights on in the background, we knew we would get some rim lighting which was awesome to separate the couple from the background. Plus, the filter we had on our camera, it made the light all hazy and gorgeous.

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Tags

Soft Light Artificial Light Back lit Dark Overcast

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used
Preset Used
How I edited this image

This was an experimental preset that we are working on, and so we applied it and tweaked a few things to keep the saturation of the overall image more muted. We adjusted the white balance to be warmer as well. We then threw on a slight vignette to darken the edges and bring more attention to the couple. After all the exposure, contrast, highlight & shadow settings were tweaked to keep it feeling like an “evening” shot, we then added in some grain just to have a bit of texture over the image.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The main challenge we had during this shoot was the temperature. It dropped pretty quickly and as our bride wasn’t wearing anything to cover her back and shoulders, she got cold real fast.

Solutions I found

We had jackets on standby right next to us and so in between shots, we made sure the bride would wear it for a few moments to get warm. The last thing we wanted was for anyone to feel uncomfortable.

Advice

Shoots don’t always have to be complicated or feature an “epic” location. Sometimes keeping things simple leaves room for magic and with less logistical stress, you can focus in on what you want to create.
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Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

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