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Today’s post comes from Marius Igas, whose ‘Amazing Sunset’ shot was featured a few week’s ago in this post. Marius is a wedding and portrait photographer in Romania. You can see more of his work on his website or Facebook.

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The couple came up with the idea of jumping in the pool at the end of a photo shoot. When we got to the pool, the bride had second thoughts about jumping in the pool, but in the end, the groom convinced her. My instructions were, “Run, jump and have a big smile on your face cause we’ve only got one shot.”

The Raw File

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I set my camera on burst mode, told them to run and started shooting. I’d taken about 10 shots from the moment they started running until they were in the pool, and this one was my favourite.

Gear List

Nikon D800
Nikon 85 mm f1.8 G
Nikon SB-700
Pixel King triggers
60 x 60 cm softbox

The settings were: 85 mm// F2// 1/1000// ISO 200

The Lighting Setup

I used a Nikon SB-700 with 60 x 60 cm softbox just to give them a bit of fill light.


Post Process

I imported the photo in Adobe Lightroom and started the post process. The image looked pretty good straight out of camera, I only took the highlights a bit down to get back a bit of detail in the dress and shirt, took blacks up to have some softer shadows and give it a bit more colour.

LR settings

After that, I went into Photoshop and clone stamped out the 2 colored balls in the pool and the last chair in the right from the bar.

Final Image

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 About the “How to Shoot It” Series

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