Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

One of the best lessons we learnt when it came to photographing couples at sunset was to keep shooting until you simply couldn’t shoot anymore. There is a period just after the sun has set where you still have enough light to work with, but that light is incredibly soft and beautiful. This is exactly what we were building up to in this shot. We were moving our couple from the first point to the next, all while the sun was just about to completely disappear. Always keep shooting!
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Directions

CalmNaturalWalking

We were on our way to another location with our couple and when we do this, we always ask our couple to walk together. That way, we can
photograph them moving from the one place to the next, naturally. We simply asked our couple to hold hands and for our groom to help her out as the terrain wasn’t too easy to walk on.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“Let’s move to the next spot guys, and when we walk, can you hold hands with each other and just make sure you’re safe”
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Composition

Center FramedHorizon LineHigh AngleFull Body

We wanted to show a bit of the city that was down on the coast so we took the camera away from our face and used live view to frame this shot. Sometimes it really helps to look at the back of the screen when composing to make sure you have everything you want in frame.
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Try taking the camera away from your eye and shooting from a higher angle. It definitely will take some practice to understand exactly where your lens is pointing, but once you figure that out – you can really up your compositions. If you have a camera that has a flip out screen, that’s even easier!

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Couple Live View Single Shot
Depending on the camera you have, focusing in live view can be a pleasure or a nightmare. In our case, our cameras have a really advanced focusing in live view and we were able to track our couple as they walked passed us.
Light & Weather

Soft LightBack litDarkMoodyNatural LightCloudySunsetGolden Hour

The sun had just set below the horizon and we were fortunate enough to have the ends of the golden light. A storm was about to form which meant the clouds soaked up the colors of the sunset and gave us an incredible palette to work with. We also had our couple walk towards the light which meant we could illuminate the front of them.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/640 f/1.4 ISO 500 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

Software used:

 

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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This image was edited with

M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
The only real challenge we had with this shoot was the fact that the light got so low that we had trouble focusing.

Location

Mountains South Africa

Signal Hill

Signal Hill, Cape Town, South Africa

Final tips & Advice

If your camera is somewhat decent with it’s live view mode, try take the camera away from your eye and use the live view to compose and expose for your image. You’ll be quite surprised at how easy it can be and how fast you’ll notice when something isn’t quite right.

Always keep shooting. Even when you’re moving from one spot to another. It also really helps with the story telling of your series later on.
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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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