Laura and Greg were married on St. Patrick’s Day, click here to see more images from their wedding. Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

Nikon D700: RAW
50mm f/1.4
Shutter Speed: 1/2000
ISO 320

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Shooting mode: aperture priority with +1 exposure compensation
Metering mode: pattern
Focus points: single
Focus mode: one-shot

This image was taken on March 17th at 3:55pm. It was a perfect day; clear, sunny and 70 degrees! On St. Patrick’s Day!

Using a single focus point, I focused where their faces are touching at f/2.2. It’s pretty risky to photograph two people at f/2.2, but I selected this aperture for several reasons. First of all, I wanted to shoot as shallow as possible because the trees were rather boring in the background (nothing was yet in bloom). Secondly, neither of them was looking at the camera, so I wasn’t worried about sharp eyes. And lastly, distance from camera to subject was on my side… remember, depth of field increases with distance. If I were taking a closer, tighter shot, I would have probably stopped down the aperture.

Below is the original and edited versions, color and light adjustments were accomplished in Lightroom, car removal in Photoshop.

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