• Artificial Light
  • Back lit
  • broken rules
  • Center Framed
  • Close up
  • Colorful Light
  • Creative
  • Energetic
  • hand movement
  • Hand movements
  • Indoor
  • Leading lines
  • Playful
  • Projector
  • streak of light
  • streaks

The story behind the image

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After the exchange of vows, I invited the couple for an experiment that I had never tried before. I was inspired by the work of renowned photographer Nirav Patel to create a striking photo that at the same time could reveal the couple’s connection.

The challenges were great as this environment was a house under construction and we had no electricity, but fortunately, the groom is an electrical engineer and managed to find a way to bring light for us. I have a projector and I took my computer to connect it and distribute images through a wall under construction, at first it didn’t work very well, but I was testing and got the result I wanted.

I felt great satisfaction because I was sure the result would work, I just needed to figure out how. No doubt it was an incredible learning experience because I realized that the light with the contact of hands and with the dust or artificial smoke can make something magnificent.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I asked them if they could hold out their hands like the Michelangelo painting in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. I managed to say what I wanted and they were able to pull it off. It was important that their hands were kept gentle and soft.

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What did you say?

Stand facing each other and hold out your hands. Now pretend to play the piano on each other’s hands.

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This image was intended to be an Instagram image, so the decision was made to shoot in portrait orientation. I used the composition technique by leaving the main focus (the hands and the light) of the photo in the center between the side points (Rule of Thirds) to give it a symmetrical and pleasing balance.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focused on the hands and used autofocus as it was the quickest and most practical solution I found with the difficulty of the Light.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

Where the fingers met

Equipment &

Nikon D750
Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4
1/125 @ f/1.4 ISO2000 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

I used a projector and connected my computer to play a slide of animals in the jungle. For this picture, I positioned the couple against this light, it was a lot of fun because we didn’t know if it would work. I was sure that the light against the camera plus (+) the smoke from the deodorant would come out as something interesting, so I risked trying.

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Light Type

Artificial Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I used my Base preset ‘Vincent+2’ with an S-curve. I needed to correct a little bit of the exposure so I chose to make it more dramatic and enhance the projector light & colours with brushes and radials filters. I used the Clone to remove some unwanted reflections off the lens to clean up the overall image.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


The big challenge was electricity, this photo would not have happened without having power in the environment.

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The groom is an electrical engineer and built an improvised electrical outlet for the computer and projector.

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Location Name


Location aDDRESS

Brasília, Brazil

Loation Type

Living Room



Just trust that you will be able to create something different if you want to. Use what you have to your advantage when it comes to a photo and don’t be discouraged if you don’t succeed on the first try. I will definitely try this technique again as well as others because photography, in general, is not limited to one result.

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