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How You Shot It: ‘A Leap of Faith’ by Marius Igas

By Guest Contributor on May 6th 2014

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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

raw file

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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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa


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  2. Basit Zargar

    Nice one

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  3. Mads Helmer Petersen

    Would love to make that shoot at the end of a wedding session :-)

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  4. Logan

    How did you do sync speed with the flash and 1/1000 shutter speed?

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  5. Photoshop Guy

    Did you know you can create “trashing the dress” just in photoshop. Like this image above, the photographer could have just taken the shot of the pool then later on asked the bride and groom to jump in the air then with the power and skill of photoshop you could composite the image… helping avoid a drowning bride… or wet people. Of course this would just be a photo then and there would be no memory of the actual event cause it would never have occurred and the photo is all about memories.

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  6. Devin Hunt

    Great shot! I love the expression on their faces.

    One word of caution, however. I’ve read stories of brides drowning during “trash the dress” photo shoots. The weight of their wet dress drags them down and makes it difficult for people to rescue them. I hope this was taken into account during this photo shoot and it should be emphasized that this is a very real danger when working with large pools of water and heavy dresses.

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  7. Marius

    The speedlite was set to TTL, and it didn’t hit all 10 shots, but i had plenty of them to chose from.

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  8. Talla

    sorry for the newb question – speedlite settings? full power? im surprised the speedlite was able to hit 10 bursts with light. external battery?

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