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Over the years we’ve been finding new ways to keep our work fresh while exploring new ideas. We’ve used natural light a great deal but we also wanted to explore artificial light in very low light, or dark, conditions, so we can give our couples an extra dynamic to their gallery. At the end of this particular elopement, we broke out one of our video lights and changed to the red color gel. We had it in our collective mind to do some sort of double or multiple exposures to make it a little trippy! Most of it was finished off in Photoshop which is where we decided to add the extra colors.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

For the effect to work out, we asked the couple to engage with each other a little with their bodies, as well as keep a slight degree of separation. We also told them not to look at each other for that contemporary/pensive feel. We didn’t direct them on where to look, they just ended up doing that themselves which we really liked.

What did you say?

Embrace each other but keep your heads apart, and don’t look at each other either. Being pensive and moddy will do the trick!

How did you compose your image?

We’ve always been fans of negative space, so decided to go with that idea once again. With it being dark too, this allowed us to make the couple pop out with the use of color and keep the focus solely on them.

How and what did you focus on?

We picked the focus on the middle of the couple’s faces. We had lost all ambient light by this time, so we used our video light to illuminate them. As it was pitch black and using red light, we had to increase our ISO up a tad to allow us to get enough shutter speed for the shot.

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How did you use the light in your image?

We decided to shake things up and shoot in the dark using a standard video light to illuminate the couple. We had to increase our ISO up quite a bit so we could get everything in focus. We went with red to neutralize the tones, making the editing process easier in Photoshop when creating the effect.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Lens

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L II

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/100

Aperture

f/2.0

ISO

4000

White Balance

Auto

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

We initially used our own preset in ACR to get the tones right. We then used Photoshop for the main part of the edit. After duplicating the layers we changed the hue of the other two layers (one to green and the other to blue) then changed the opacity so the layers would slightly blend into each other, creating a staggered RGB/3D effect.

Software Used

Adobe Camera Raw

Preset

Custom preset

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What challenges did you face?

Shooting in the dark is always a challenge, especially when we try to use natural light 99% of the time during a session.

How did you solve them?

We are constantly trying to think outside of the box and this instance was perfect to be creative. Hence the use of the video light and color gel. We also used Photoshop a bit more than we would usually do, so we could get the desired effect we were aiming for and make it more exciting and jazzed up!

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

We learned that Photoshop is a great tool to make images even more exciting, and although we won’t use it a lot, we know it’s there for that extra pizazz if we ever need it!

We also want to try out some more of these multiple exposures and use different colors next time…maybe jazz up the background. Who knows!

The Hendrys

Shooting since

2011

Current Home

United States of America

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Scottish duo living our best lives in Los Angeles! More importantly, parents of two babe-licious rescue bunnies who keep us sane. The sober and vegan lifestyle is our jam. We only take life seriously when it really matters (adulting can suck at times!). We have a deep-rooted connection with each other and that’s why we work so well together. It’s quite cute really. We are not typical wedding photographers, that is for certain. We go against the usual grain, and that’s exactly how we like it to roll. Normal is boring. Well, for us, at least. We’re constantly pushing ourselves creatively and are incredibly passionate about telling unique stories for each couple, so we aim to go into each wedding with a clear mind and eyes wide open. If we could describe our work in four words they would be the following: Fun. Romantic. Creative. Honest. We’re also suckers for some awesome light.

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