Posing the Bride

Getting under the veil with my bride is one of my signature shots. I love the look of the flowing veil filling the frame. Craig was kind enough to take this behind-the-scenes photo of me setting up the shot.

Posing Bride and Groom
Nikon D700
50mm f/1.4 lens
Shutter Speed: 1/250
ISO 1000

Shooting mode: aperture priority with +2/3 exposure compensation
Metering mode: evaluative
Focus points: single
Focus mode: one-shot

This photo was taken on June 7th at 5:54pm. We probably had two hours before sunset, but the sun was filtered through the heavily wooded area that we were in and it was located to my back left.

I selected f/2.2 because I wanted a very shallow depth of field. I like the way the veil in the foreground is out of focus and then leads you to her gorgeous face.

Using a single focus point, I focused on her left lash line. I selected the lash line because it provides a good area of contrast (a line between lights and darks) for the camera to easily grab the focus. If I attempted to focus on her skin, then the lens might not be able to lock the focus.

Below is the original and edited versions. Color and light adjustments were accomplished in Lightroom, skin softening in Photoshop.

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Here is another shot from the same series.

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