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This photo of a series that was shot in the Natural White Studio in Nuremberg. The idea was so create very dreamy and elegant studio portraits of Marisa.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I did the pose myself, showing her exactly how I imagined it. This is always quite funny. Sometimes its just easier to actually show the subject how you would like them to be than to try and verbally explain it.

What did you say?

“Get comfy on the sofa and gently cross your hands above the sofa arm. Give me your dreamiest look, like you’re trying to look into my soul.” ;)

How did you compose your image?

The composition I went for here put Marisa’s eyes in the center of the image which would immediately connect with the viewer. This gaze was all the focus of the image. I also chose to include a bit more of the environment such as the couch she was laying on as it just gives things a bit more context.

How and what did you focus on?

I used Autofocus by clicking on the display where I wanted the focus to be.

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How did you use the light in your image?

I used a steady light, which was placed behind Marisa – ever so slightly lighting up just one side of her face and her body.
The rest was all natural light, also coming from the white walls that surrounded us.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon R6

Lens

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L

Filter

Tiffen Filter 77MM BLACK PRO-MIST 1/4 FILTER

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/200

Aperture

f/1.8

ISO

160

White Balance

5250

How did you edit your image & what did you use?

First, I edited this image in Lightroom. After I applied my preset, I adjusted it for a moody yet natural color look.
Then, I imported the image in Photoshop and retouched the skin a bit (with dodge and burn).

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop

Preset

Custom preset

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What challenges did you face?

Only using daylight seemed a bit boring in the test shots.

How did you solve them?

So I brought in my steady light and it worked out great! The rim light on Marisas face is subtle, yet beautiful. It completes the picture.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Try out different poses, because not every pose you see is flattering for your model. Also, to set the mood, let music play that suits the purpose. For this dreamy shoot, I chose Lana del Rey. Of course, your model should also like this music.

Sarah Guber

Shooting since

2019 (professionally)

Current Home

Nuremberg

Website

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Hi! I’m Sarah – a wedding photographer based in Nuremberg. I love taking raw and intimate photos in a fairytale-like style. When I am not drinking coffee or reading books, you can find me wandering in the woods or hiking in the mountains. I am a person who falls in love with sunsets and beautiful landescapes again and again. One day I want to travel the world with my camera.

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