• Bridal Portrait
  • Moody
  • Upper Thirds
  • Serious
  • Rim Light
  • Quiet
  • Playful
  • off center
  • Natural Light
  • Mid range
  • Bride
  • lying down
  • Indoor
  • Directional Light
  • Dark
  • Closed Eyes
  • calm
  • broken rules
  • Window Light

The story behind the image

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It was late February. A bit bored after the December holidays we wanted to create something just for fun. It was cold outside so we took a chance to photograph in our friend’s place, in a beautiful tenement right in the center of Poznan city. The main goal was to create just something. No plans, sketches beforehand whatsoever. Ultimate creative freedom.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We asked our model to simply lay down and to play with her hands. We discussed before the session overall mood we wanted to achieve, so it was very intuitive for the model to understand what kind of photographs we were looking for.

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What did you say?

As you’re laying down, just play with your hands above your head so we can get interesting lines to work around.

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Tone of Directions



We originally framed this photo vertically. During the editing session, we felt like we did a lot of portrait shots from that pose and we didn’t have anything in a landscape format. We cropped one of the photos and experimented with framing, leaving a generous amount of negative space on the bottom of the frame.

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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

In this particular shot we focused on the model’s face. It was a cloudy day so we tried not to open the aperture too wide, but we also wanted to keep her face sharp. We have found the sweet spot at f 2.0

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on


Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
1/320 @ f/2.0 ISO1600 WB-5050

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

In this photoshoot, we had natural light to deal with. Big windows and curtains are everything we can wish for in any interior in which we have to work. We blackened one of two windows in that room, leaving only one to control the light easily. Sometimes it’s the easiest when you reduce the light sources to just one spot, and then slowly add more if you think you need it.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

As always we used our Lit By Film color preset, we adjusted shadows a bit so it’s not pitch-black dark. We did that manually with a brush tool. We cleaned blemishes on her face and that was it. A simple edit.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


Challenges occurred during the editing session. We had many similar shots that we loved but we had to decide on something, so the session wouldn’t seem boring.

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We’re avoiding repetitions at any cost. It has many advantages to the viewer or the client. We think that it’s one of our main tasks as photographers to carefully select our images. We know it can break your heart sometimes when you have to pick only one of your babies to show them to the rest of the world but it has much more impact standing alone. Trust us. And if you really can’t decide which photo is better and you want to deliver both of them – post-cropping is a great way to make it more diverse and interesting. Plus it can develop your framing, because you might get something that you would never think of on the job.

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Location Name

Stachowska Pracownia

Location aDDRESS

Poznań, Poland

Loation Type

Living Room



We find it funny that after all those years we finally “discovered” the post-cropping thing and we found out that it can be fun and open-minded exercise for us. Thanks to this photo whenever we make a photo shoot we already have in mind which of them will be cropped. It’s just another expression tool and a specific ‘look’ we can achieve.

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