Photo of the week 1-26-10

Most of my favorite shots usually revolve around one of two things: 1) Capturing the moment and the raw essence of someone 2) Light, light, light. There are so many beautiful characteristics of light, from morning to evening light and even artificial light. When at a shoot I sometimes get captivated by the light and totally change gears. This weeks shot of the week is from a recent wedding shoot. The light was about an hour from going down but was shining in through these columns creating a beautiful backlight on the couple.

artistic photo lighting

Exposure was set by focusing on the couples skin tone up tight and taking my lens shade off the lens allowed for a little lens flare to come into the shot. The sun really has to be positioned right to get shots like this but keep moving around until you see the effect you are looking for. I try and get the exposure perfect for my subject and then just let that backlight and background really get blown out and let the lens flare create some interesting visual elements to the shot. I just love the charatistic of this type of light, it’s so nice and soft and creates just a beautiful romantic feeling. Minimal post production was done to the shot other than some contrast and saturation tweeks to give it a little bit of a warmer feel.

Tech specs on the shot:

Camera: Canon 7d
Lens: Canon 70-200 IS 2.8
lens was set at 135mm @2.8
Shutter speed: 1/400/sec

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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