• Back lit
  • Leading
  • view point
  • Sunset
  • Styled Shoot
  • Stormy
  • Soft Light
  • Ocean
  • Natural Light
  • Natural
  • Mountains
  • Moody
  • Low Light
  • Late evening
  • calm
  • Horizon Line
  • High Angle
  • Guide
  • Golden hour
  • full body
  • Free
  • Follow
  • Dark
  • Coast
  • Cloudy
  • cliff
  • Center Framed
  • Walking

The story behind the image

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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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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

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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What did you say?

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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Tone of Directions



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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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

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.

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Focus Mode

Live View Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Couple

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II
1/640 @ f/1.4 ISO500 WB-Auto

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

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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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day



Editing Workflow

How did you edit 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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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


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

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We chose to use our live view auto focus since that uses a different method to acquire it’s focus. It also helped us to see just what we were composing and what part of our couple was being focused on.

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Location Name

Signal Hill

Location aDDRESS

Signal Hill, Cape Town, South Africa

Loation Type



South Africa

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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