Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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One of the first things we do when location scouting is looking at where the light will be at what time. Especially if you are going to be shooting in clear conditions where the sun will be out in a full blast. This helps us find the right spots and timings to shoot our couple to get the most out of the day. In this particular case, we wanted to have a set where we shot into the light – it creates a brighter and sort of “ethereal” feel to the image. We found this spot that ticked off a lot of our boxes (enough space, light direction, compositional elements, etc…) and went ahead with the shoot.
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Location

Location Name

Sankt Peter Ording

Location aDDRESS

Sankt Peter Ording, Germany

Country

Germany

Location TYPE

Beach / Coastal

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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Directions

Tags

Energetic Walking Movement

Description

We had our couple hold hands and walk up and down this sandy pathway. While walking, we asked the groom to look back at the bride and to “bring her with him”. We even threw in a few ‘dirty’ jokes just to get them laughing and having a great time.

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What was said

Hey guys, let’s have you walk up to the top of the hill and back a few times. While doing that, [Groom] hold [Bride]’s hand and look back towards her. Take her with you; just like you were taking her to the bedroom!!

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

The strongest feature of this composition was the natural frame the pathway created around our couple. With the two leading lines on either side, the point in which the lines converge is right where our couple’s faces are. This naturally leads the viewers straight to the couple and straight to where we intended.

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Tags

Rule of Thirds Leading Lines Natural Frames

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Grooms Face

Focus description

Since we were shooting into the light, the focusing was a bit challenging. The flare from the sun made it more difficult for our camera to lock on to our subjects. Since we shoot almost always in “single point” mode where we have only one focus point, it allowed us to position it somewhere where the flare wasn’t so strong. Such as the groom’s face. This made all the difference.

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Shutter Speed

1/2000

Aperture

f/2.2

ISO

160

White Balance

Auto

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

How the light was used

Since the sun was still quite high and our goal was to include the sun (And ideally it’s flares) in the shot, we made sure to shoot into the light. We chose to shoot this in portrait to limit how much of the sun actually made it into the frame. One of the reasons we like to shoot into the light is because it creates a beautiful rim light around our couple, separating them from the background.

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Tags

Harsh Light Back lit Natural Light Sunny Afternoon

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 edit of this shot was fairly straight forward as I simply applied our Protea Preset and then increased the exposure to get their skin tones brighter and cleaner. I then went into “local edit” mode which meant I removed a lot of distractions with the spot-removal tool, brushed in some shadows & highlights as well as created a radial filter to enhance the sunlight.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The only challenge we had was finding that focus lock. Since the flare was pretty harsh and there was a lot of movement in the frame, it did become quite tricky.

Solutions I found

When shooting with a single point of focus, it tells the camera to forget everything else and only look for a lock on that specific point. It’s an absolute life saver in tricky situations.

Advice

Definitely try to play that game with yourself whenever you have a moment. Find those compositions wherever you happen to be as not only is it a good exercise for your imagination, but it’ll really help you come up with some cool ideas when you’re out shooting.

Also, don’t be afraid to throw in some dirty jokes here and there if you think your couple can handle it. Get to know them and if you feel they’re the type of people that could deal with it positively, then catch them off guard and capture their reactions.
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Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

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