I hope you all enjoy today's couples portrait session behind the scenes video which we filmed while Dan and I were visiting beautiful Scotland! A massive thank you to Tamar and Matt who were our models for today's photoshoot, please check them out on Instagram (links below) as they are really talented photographers + film makers.
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Dan @ I Make Films
Website // https://www.imakefilms.com.au
Instagram // https://www.instagram.com/danpodbierezki
VLOG CAMERA SETUP //
Sony a7s mkii + Sigma 24mm f1.4
PHOTOGRAPHY CAMERA SETUP //
Sigma 24mm f1.4
Canon 35mm f1.4
Canon 50mm f1.2
Canon 85mm f1.2
Canon 135mm f2
Thank you so much for watching! xx
Thanks for sharing it was Nice to see How you handled their poses and such. I definetely learned something there! ☺️ I do prefer the RAW’s more but that is more a personal opinion. The top down shots in the flower fields were awesome!
I like to shoot with a wide aperture of 1.4 for depth of field and bokeh, it means that it lets a lot of light into the camera. So for the photo to not be overexposed, I have to raise my shutter speed :) Also, just in case: some crop cameras also only go up to 1/4000 Hope that helps!
I have 2 videos up on my channel about how I shoot sharp photos in case you're interested in watching! 2 big things: the 35mm has nice depth of field but it's not super crazy like an 85mm, so you have a little more leeway with what's in focus. I also make sure to keep my couple both at the same distance from my camera to make sure they're both sharp :)
How often do you crop your images? I’ve just bought my 35mm lens and I always have a feeling that “there is too much background, I should crop the image” and so on. I came fro aps-c eorld, so I am still learning using the 35 with FF body, so I don’t know whether the crop is really necessary or not.
I crop maybe 5% of my 35mm images - so not much at all! The ones I crop are usually shots I've taken while walking so the composition wasn't perfect. If you're used to closer crops then the 35mm might take some getting used to, but I think it's a very flattering and interesting focal length for portraits :D
Thank you! A couple of reasons, first one being practice! The next is high shutter speed, having my focal point in the correct spot (for walking shots I normally put it around someone's neck/chest area as it's a larger spot for the camera to focus on while everyone is moving around so much) and I shoot in one-shot mode :) I have a couple of videos up on my channel about focusing in case you're interested!
I recently shot my sister and her new boyfriend and I completely was not ready to shoot them haha. I felt awkward as hell. It's super interesting to see the different vibe you can get out of shooting couples VS individual portraits. Thanks for sharing with us Julia! :)
Great ideas for couples shoot with locations and poses. I was wondering how you get such sharp focus shooting at 1.4---I have the Sigma 35 1.4 and I'm hesitant about shooting so wide open with 2 people.
Thank you! I usually focus on the face or eyes that is supposed to be the main focus of the image, for example when they were standing side by side and Tamer was looking at the camera and Matt was kissing her forehead, I would focus on Tamer's eyes. If they are both the focus of the photo, then I just pick whichever one and make sure I keep them both at the same distance away from the lens so they can both be in focus.
Julia, you'r photo-shoot's are always great and there is always something to learn from it, i like it, if you can answer one thing, like even most of photos are taken at F1.4, why both object are in focus?, i would like to hear from you.
Thank you! There is a little more leeway with depth of field on the 35mm lens at 1.4 compared to say an 85mm at 1.2. I also make sure to keep them both at the same distance away from my camera/lens while taking photos to make sure they're both in focus :)
I use my shutter to control my exposure, so on this day it was sunny and cloudy constantly, we were also sometimes shooting in the shade and sometimes out in the open where it's brighter. So I usually had it on 1/8000 when we were out in the open and the sun was out since it's so bright, and 1/1600 when the clouds came by and we were shooting more in the shade as it was a little darker. Hope that helps!
Esme thank you for the reply... I do know about preventing motion blur... what I was more specifically curious about was that the motion/action of the couple didn’t seem to be much different in relation to the varied shutter speeds.
I recently found your account and all your videos and information are so good, thank you for sharing so much with us who are so keen to learn!
Sorry if you have answered this before, do you shoot full manual in these situations or with one of the other modes?
People feel the right to criticize a lot because you haven’t done a couples photoshoot on your channel. I loved the edits. It reflects your style 100%. My favorite photo was when they were laying down on the yellow flowers. I really suck at pictures laying down. What are some good tips?
Thank you! For laying down, I like to get couples to look at each other as a profile looks a little more flattering (I feel like faces can look a bit squished when laying down!), or if someone is looking at the camera then I sometimes ask them to put their hand or something under their head to elevate it a little to avoid that "squished"/laying down look on the face!
I love your color style, look at a point your video I pause about to try this imitate your color. So hard it.. You want to have in the text version of the video just fine, thank you give me color style inspiration.
I liked video, but missed communication with a couple. It does seem that sometimes couple felt a bit awkward and not sure if they are doing things right. Don’t know, maybe it’s me, but I didn’t feel that you and the couple weren’t “connected” 😊
kamane muse I actually cut out a lot of our talking from this video as I wanted it to just be a fun behind the scenes! My couples/wedding photography and direction etc is something I’m putting together for workshops 😊💛
so you came to the UK & didnt come by & say hello... haha... I hope you enjoyed our lovely spring ... Glasgow botanic gardens is such a cool place to shoot , the greenhouses make for interesting backgrounds.. loved all the shots , you captured them so well..
Question, for the shots that their heads aren't close together, who do you focus on? wouldn't one be sharper than the other especially at f1.4? Or do you not focus on the faces for these type of shots?
I make sure to keep them both at the same distance away from my camera/lens to make sure they can both be in focus! You also have a lot more leeway on a 35mm at 1.4 compared to something like an 85mm at 1.2 Hope that helps :)
Everyone hit the nail on the head, I have my focus point on one of their eyes and made sure to keep their faces the same distance from the camera. The 35 also makes that a little easier, I would bump up my aperture if I was using an 85 😊
Frank Surdal she’s using a 35mm so even at 1.4 the background isn’t going to be too crazy compressed. It keeps the scene in the picture. Plus a lot of these pic were take close to their backgrounds so that doesn’t help with trying to blur lol
Yeah, your probably right. But with F1.4 I’d say it’s a bit risky when both faces should be totally in focus. But, I reacted also on that there is not much bokeh in these pictures. Shouldn’t it be a little bit more with that F stop?
I think the key is keep moving to try and keep both faces the same distance from your camera. So if you focus on one person's face or eyes. And then recompose. At the same time you're recomposing. And maybe even at the same time the other person is moving. You're moving to keep both faces the same distance from you. This is why it's easier to shoot with blurry backgrounds with just two people then it is with a group. The more faces you have. And the more differences there are between the camera and the different faces. The higher aperture number, and smaller aperture diameter you need.
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