Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Shortly before the sparkler exit was going to happen, we went and spoke to our couple and offered them a few ideas of what they can do once they walk through. It helps to give these suggestions as sometimes couples get lost in the moment and forget what they’re meant to do.

Fortunately the guests had some of those super long lasting sparklers which meant that our couple could run through them twice before they were even close to burning out.

We told our couple that when they have a chance, to just stop in the middle of the sparklers and go in for a big fat kiss with each other. Apart from that, we let everything happen organically. It was a moment full of energy, fun and good vibes and those are always best left naturally.
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Location

Location Name

Shustoke Barn

Location aDDRESS

Shustoke Barn Shustoke Barn, Coleshill Road, Shustoke, Coleshill B46 2BL, United Kingdom

Country

United Kingdom

Location TYPE

Wedding / Event Venue

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 Natural Kissing

Description

As we had already asked our couple to go in for that kiss when they had a chance, everything happened organically. We also asked the guests if they could stand a lot closer to each other so they could form this tunnel of sparklers our couple could go through.

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What was said

Give her a big kiss! Hold her close and celebrate with her!

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

We chose to frame this shot in portrait since we wanted to capture their full bodies as well as have the sparklers in the frame. We also positioned ourselves so that we could compose them in the door of the building as it created a natural “frame”.

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Tags

Center Framed Broken Rules Mid Range Natural Frames

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The couple

Focus description

Focusing in low light can be tricky, and in this case we were fortunate enough to have the sparklers emit quite a bit of light to work with. This meant that our cameras, while not fast, did lock onto our couple and assure a sharp image.

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Shutter Speed

1/320

Aperture

f/2

ISO

2000

White Balance

Auto

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

How the light was used

We love to shoot sparkler exits without flash simply because most sparklers (depending on the amount of guests as well) emit a lot of light. We waited for our couple to get further down the tunnel so that we could frame the rest of the sparklers in the background which naturally created a rim light. This always looks great and really helps to separate your couple from the background.

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Tags

Dark Natural Light Night Sparklers

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 edits are made to be warmer with a big focus on skin tones and light play with shadows and highlights. A few minor local adjustments were made (Gradient and Brush) as well as finishing off with a fine layer of grain. The whites are not blown out nor are the blacks 100% crunched.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The biggest challenge was nailing our focus while doing our test shots. We always like to get our exposure and settings correct before the couple exits so we don’t need to worry about it as they start. However, when doing the tests – if you don’t have the sparklers lit, it can be hard to dial it all in.

Solutions I found

The best thing to do is to be ready to change your settings. As the couple was lined up and about to start walking with the sparklers already lit, we quickly checked the back of our screen to make sure that we were exposing correctly.

Advice

If you have a few ideas you’d like to do during the sparkler exit, make sure you find your couple just before (and not 2 hours before) they go for the exit and give them a heads up.

If it happens that they get through the exit and forget, then just gently remind them. If it’s too late, no worries at all.

When you have a group of guests holding the sparklers, chances are they are going be a little too far away from each other through fear that they might burn the couple (which we don’t want to happen), but asking them to stand a bit closer (check in your framing) can make all the difference.
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Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

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