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After exchanging vows, I invited the couple to try out an experiment that I had never done before. I was inspired by the work of renowned photographer Nirav Patel to create an impactful photo that at the same time could reveal the couple’s connection.

The challenges were big because in this environment it was a house under construction and we didn’t have electricity but fortunately the Groom is an electrical engineer and he managed to help create a bit of light for us. I have a Projector and I took my computer to connect it and project images through a wall under construction. At first, it didn’t work, but I kept testing it and got the result I wanted, and then I felt a lot of satisfaction because I was convinced that the result would work.

Without a doubt, it was an incredible learning experience, as I realized that light in contact with artificial dust or smoke can create something magnificent.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I asked if they could get closer to each other and that they could “almost” kiss. This “almost kiss” moment can really drive a lot of passion as it’s a tease in a way. And you can feel that between the couple.

What did you say?

Now I want you to close your eyes and almost kiss, breathe in and just be in this moment. Remember, get close – but don’t kiss”

How did you compose your image?

This image was meant to be an Instagram image, hence the decision to shoot in vertical mode. I used the compositional technique of leaving the main point of the photo in the center between the lateral points (Rule of Thirds). This brings the attention immediately to the sensuality of the couple.

How and what did you focus on?

I focused on the bride’s mouth and used autofocus because it was the fastest and most reliable solution I found give how difficult the Light was.

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How did you use the light in your image?

The only light I used was the projector light, I placed the projector behind the couple and let the lights do their job. As I said, I was very inspired by Nirav Patel’s work to take this photo. I positioned the Projector in a way I knew would work as I wanted to create a beautiful rimlight. It also helped that in this position, the way it lights up the particles from the deodorant was exactly how I had hoped.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Nikon D750

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/160

Aperture

f/1.4

ISO

2500

White Balance

auto

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

I used my Base preset ‘Vicent+2’ with an S curve. I needed to correct the exposure a little bit, I chose to make it more dramatic and enhance the colors of the projector light with brushes and radials. I used Clone to get some unwanted reflections out of the lens.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset

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What challenges did you face?

The big challenge was electricity, this photo would not have happened without it.

How did you solve them?

The groom fortunately is an electrical engineer and built a makeshift electrical outlet for the computer and projector.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Always try something different when you have the chance. Use what you have to your advantage when taking a photo, don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it on the first try. Of course, I will try this technique again even as well as others because photography, in general, is not limited to just one result.

Tulio Coutto Photography

Shooting since

2017

Current Home

Brazil

Website

Instagram

Sou Tulio, tenho 33 anos. Moro em Brasilia BRA, mas sou do Mundo. Fotografia para mim é fatia de tempo, tudo depois de um clique não volta mais. Amo fotografar pessoas, mergulhar em histórias inspiradoras e criar algo quer seja diferente para minha audiência. Amo sombra e luz nas minhas fotos. Acredito que há um jeito mais autêntico e belo ao se fotografar pessoas com sentimentos reais.

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