Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Just after the ceremony that was held in the center of this beautiful spot, the couple decided to take some shots. This location offers an hour of booking for the loggia where tourists cannot go up, so we took advantage of the empty space to create some wider images that could enhance the beauty and uniqueness of the place but that portrayed the intimacy of the people in an original way.

The difficulty for me was coming out of the box, I rarely shoot with a wide-angle lens, but that day I decided to bring it given the uniqueness of the location, and it made a difference!
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Location

Location Name

Villa Del Balbianello

Location aDDRESS

Via Guido Monzino, 1, 22016 Tremezzina CO, Italy

Country

Italy

Location TYPE

Private Villa

Equipment

Camera

Nikon D750

Flash

None

Lens

Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Calm Holding Each other Natural

Description

Since I wanted to portray the couple in a precise point in the center of the loggia, I asked the couple to position themselves at that point facing each other, but I wanted their movements to be natural, so I asked them to show love and to think about the wonderful ceremony a few moments before, this made them lock themselves in their bubble and allowed me to move around them at different angles.

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What was said

Okay guys now I’d like you to position yourself here in the center, I’d like you to think about your ceremony and the promises you’ve exchanged, focus on the two of you and express your love.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

The composition of this image was something new for my photography since I don’t often use such wide focal lengths. But the beauty of this lodge seemed to be wasted by using a longer lens.

I thought that the couple, given that they had chosen such a characteristic location, wanted to have the reasons why they decided to get married overseas in a single photo.

I had them framed in the middle of the Loggia as it added to the symmetry. With a wide lens, I was able to capture even more of the environment such as the lake & nature, which the couple had already fallen in love with. This makes the composition work on so many different levels as it’s not only a pleasing image to look at, but to them, it has so much depth and meaning. All in one frame.

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Tags

Rule of Thirds Center Framed Leading Lines Wide Full Body

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Continuous Autofocus

Focused on

The Couple

Focus description

The focus is on the couple, it was easy because they were still and I had the opportunity to move in order to take several shots without the worry of unwanted movements.

I always use continuous single-point autofocus because it allows me to be precise and concentrate on the composition.

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Shutter Speed

1/2000

Aperture

f/2.8

ISO

400

White Balance

Shade

Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &
Exposure

How the light was used

The light was very soft and well balanced, thanks to the natural softbox created by the clouds. In addition, the light was on my right and hit the couple in a soft but direct way so it illuminated the scene well.

Unfortunately, however, between the light and the couple, there were several obstacles so shadows were created on the couple that I tried to solve in post-production in order to give more light to the main subject.

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Tags

Soft Light Directional Light Natural Light Cloudy

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used
Preset Used
How I edited this image

I used Muse and Mirror’s True Romance preset and a radial brush on the bride and groom to increase the exposure on them and make them stand out. I purposely took the slightly underexposed photo so as not to blow out the sky and be able to recover it while editing, all while keeping it looking and feeling natural without using an HDR method.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The biggest difficulty was the presence of several people in the lodge, including the wedding planner, the celebrant, and the musicians. This could make it difficult for the couple to relax in the time we had to shoot in that place.

Solutions I found

I tried to relax the couple as much as possible and put some music on so they could focus on themselves rather than the people around them. This allowed us to create more natural images in a short time and make the most of the location.

Advice

My advice is to get out of our comfort zone and make the most of all the instruments and tools we have. Experimenting and doing good things at a wedding is not synonymous with failure, but we can impress ourselves and create unique photographs for our spouses.
Surely if I return to this beautiful location I will attempt this shot again trying to perfect it.
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Photographed by

Yidaki Studio

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