Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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When we walked into the getting room and greeted the bride and her bridesmaids, we were in awe at how beautiful the whole room was. Built out of wood and painted a delicate white, it was going to be an absolute dream to photograph. Why? The light pouring in from the windows meant that the room because a giant soft-box of sorts, with soft light hitting everything. When it comes to finding spots for the dress, we often try and keep it somewhere contextual to the wedding. We’re not fans of taking it to a completely different location just for a picture, but that’s just us.

We found this room that was being used for storage at the time and asked the bride if we could move things around to set up a few detail shots. She agreed and we got to work. While moving things, we noticed all these lines created by the planks of wood, and our eye for composition just blew up. We knew exactly where we wanted to shoot the dress and that was that.
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Location

Location Name

Private Home

Location aDDRESS

Vantaa, Finland

Country

Finland

Location TYPE

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment

Equipment

Camera

Canon 5D mark IV

Flash

None

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

The leading lines are the most obvious to notice when looking at this image. All the lines lead straight towards the dress which creates a natural direction for the eyes to follow. It also creates a feeling of symmetry which is inherently pleasing to humans. We placed the dress on it’s hanger, hung it up on the door and shifted it to find a composition that hid the door handles while also being central to our composition.

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Tags

Center Framed Minimalistic Symmetry Natural Frames

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The edge of the dress

Focus description

Shooting white on white can be a bit tricky for the camera as it’s looking for contrasts to determine what is in focus and what isn’t. In this case, we moved our focus point to the edge of the dress where it meets the background since this is where the most contrast was. As the dress & the background were on the exact same plane, they both landed in focus which was exactly what we were after.

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Shutter Speed

1/80

Aperture

f/5

ISO

100

White Balance

Auto

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

How the light was used

The room became a giant softbox due to the fact that it was painted white and there were two large windows letting in sunlight just to the right of the frame. It was really easy to photograph in and position something since everything had a soft light; which worked in our favour not only because it was super simple but because we wanted to go with a minimalistic shot for the dress.

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Tags

Soft Light Natural Light Indoor

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

The editing was kept very simple with this shot. We applied our Marula preset and adjusted the exposure, contrasts, and tones to our liking. We add a tad touch of warmth with the white balance and finally finished off with a bit of grain to add texture to the highlights.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

THe main challenge we had was actually sticking the dress up on the door. The door was not staying in place when we left it and when it moved the dress was at risk to fall off & get dirty/broken. We also had the risk that someone could barge in from the other side of the door not knowing what we were doing inside.

Solutions I found

Firstly, we realized that when we open the door slightly we can use the top of the doorframe to hook the hanger on it. That worked out just fine. Secondly, to keep the door from swinging open and also to keep people at bay, one of us went outside and held the door handle while the other shot pictures.

Advice

Sometimes simplicity is the way to go. You don’t always have to overcomplicate things when creating your images. Keep the composition simple, the editing simple, the focusing simple. It’s also a good idea to scout the room(s) when you arrive so you already have a mental picture of where you want to take what photos where and whether or not you need to clean up/tidy up things.
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Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

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