Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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After a lovely ceremony in an old ruin, we decided to take some time during the sundown for shooting at a cozy cliff close by. The biggest challenge was to get a spot at the cliff without any people in the frame. Since the weather was amazing, there were a lot of people relaxing at the spot. But we finally find our perfect spot to shoot with the sunset. And I think we created something really amazing :)
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Location

Location Name

Burgruine Wolfstein

Location aDDRESS

Burgruine Wolfstein

Country

Germany

Location TYPE

Cliffs

Equipment

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Flash

None

Lens

Sigma 50mm f/1.4

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Calm Intimate Almost Kiss

Description

I asked the couple to fully enjoy the moment for themself, feel the warm sun on their body and be close to each other. I asked Madga and Brendon to put their foreheads together and keep their eyes closed.

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What was said

Take a breath, close your eyes, enjoy the moment, lean your heads together, and hold eachother with your arms. And feel your partner.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

I shot this picture with my 50mm f1.4 Sigma Art lense, to have a closer but not too close framing of the couple. I made sure that the heads are placed in the upper 1/3 of the picture, to create it along with the common rules of composition.

My main goal was to keep the couple centered in the picture, this creates a cozy and intimate moment in the photo. I also kept moving around the couple to take a few shots from different angles and found a spot where we had the sun shining just behind the groom as I wanted the sun to form an element in the image.

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Tags

Center Framed Broken Rules Mid Range

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Live View Single Shot

Focused on

Brides face

Focus description

I focused through live view – to get a “real-time” picture of how the sun flare would look like in the image. I chose to work with a single focus point which I moved over the bride’s face.

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Shutter Speed

1/500

Aperture

f/1.8

ISO

125

White Balance

Auto

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

How the light was used

We had a perfect and warm sunset where the sun was shining directly behind the couple. the challenge here is to shoot the faces not so dark, so you can lighten them up later in Lightroom. And as well to not over-expose the sun, so you don’t risk any white spots in the picture. With the light coming from behind the couple, it also became an element in the overall image. Secondly, it added a nice little rim light which helped to separate the couple from the background.

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Tags

Soft Light Back lit Rim Light Natural Light Sunset

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used

NeonWeddings

How I edited this image

When I start editing I always use my NeonWeddings Preset to reduce colors and make the picture flatter. Afterward, I start shifting the contrasts up and also the white balance to warm the overall image. Working with a radial filter on the faces to light them up. then adding another radial filter again on the faces but invert it, so I can make the atmosphere warmer. Afterward, I made some small color corrections with the HSL Sliders to make the skins more natural and the sun warmer.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The biggest challenge was to find the perfect position to place the couple, to have a photo without any people in the background. The second challenge was to position the sun flair nicely behind Brendon, and not to overexpose him.

Solutions I found

To solve the first one its always good to have a bridal couple with you :D people are always more open to moving or cooperative when they see a beautiful bride. So I could convince a group of people to leave their spot, so we can shoot there.

The second challenge is a little bit of try and error, what I mostly do, is shooting in live view to directly see what happens with the flair. And move a lot around the couple to find the perfect position.

Advice

Always bring in a “catchy” element like a sun flair, to make the picture more dramatic.
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Neon Weddings

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