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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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How did you direct 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.

What did you say?

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

How did you compose your image?

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.

How and what did you focus on?

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.


How did you use the light in your image?

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.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Nikon D750


Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4





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

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.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic


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What challenges did you face?

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

How did you solve them?

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

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

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.

Tulio Coutto Photography

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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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