Before and After: Sergio Sarnicola
This photograph was shot near the sea in Naples ( Italy ) at the end of a portrait session of a real wedding. We had just finished taking photographs at the beach and we were coming back to the venue for dinner when I visualized this image featuring the bride and groom under that amazing gazebo, immersed in the golden sunset light.
I gave them some suggestions and I quickly moved some objects that were in the field, then I started to take pictures without caring too much the exposure, as I was aware of the high dynamic range of my Nikon D750.
Normally I shoot in aperture priority with center-weighted metering, which is the best choice if you need to shoot quickly and there is not much time to think.
In this case, the D750 has behaved very well and I did not have to make any compensation.
While I took the pictures, the manager of the location was behind me saying “hurry up, we’re late!” So I concentrated on the composition, trying to distribute the elements within the frame in the best way possible.
The bride and groom were not exactly in the middle, but I had no time to move them or I would not have brought home the picture!
Once imported the images in Lightroom I first applied the filter VSCO Kodak Portra 400 NC, then I applied local adjustments and customizations to the preset.
When I finished equalizing all the parameters in the Develop module I sent the image to Photoshop to correct some perspectives which were impossible to fix with the Lens Correction tool. In particular, I moved the white carpet slightly to the left and applied a slight tilt-shift effect to give a dreamier mood.
I am very pleased with this image because it sums up the atmosphere that was breathed that day. Additionally, the light was really magnificent!
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