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4 Ways To Make Any Location Work

In an outdoor location loaded with obstacles, you can use Angle, Exposure, Aperture and Composition to alter your environment to make the scene better than it actually is.

We’re taking you behind-the-scenes to bring you innovative tips from our Photographing the Couple Workshop, will teach you all you need to know about posing, lighting, and photographing your wedding couples.

Stay tuned with our creative tips and upgrade to SLR Premium to gain full access to a variety of photography education!


Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon Tilt Shift 90 mm, 1/400th, f/2.8, ISO 200

When choosing a location we look for one that allows us to work different angles. We shot at a lower angle and used the foreground to alter the environment. To achieve the same compression, we suggest using a 85 mm.

Check out some of our favorite 85mm lenses from Canon and Sigma.



With a shallow aperture at f/1.4 we are able to blur out the distractions and compress the background. By setting our white balance to 7000K we are able to achieve warmer tones throughout the image. One of our quick and easy tips to mimic Golden Hour is using a LED light string over the corner of the lens to simulate sun flare – you can see more here!


The Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO are part of what we like to call the Exposure Triangle. Understanding how each of these components functions is crucial to getting the image we want. See more on how to achieve a perfect exposure every time in this video:


When working on a time-crunch, using our 5 posing techniques helps to easily communicate with our clients, we call it our Foundation Posing Framework:

  • V-up
  • Open up
  • Close-up
  • Stack-up
  • Reverse

When scouting locations, look for areas suitable for wide and tight shots to limit how far and often the couple will need to move. This is also a great trick for getting multiple compositions within one scene by moving around and seeing which angles to photograph from.

For example, in this scene we positioned the couple in the middle of the trees to eliminate the distracting background and then used the veil to create more interest. You can see 4 creative ways we use the veil in our wedding photography by clicking here.

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  2. Todd P

    Do you do any authentic interactions with your clients or are all those off camera?

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  3. cathy Price

    Pye, I noted that you pop your lenses on the ground without the back cap on are you not concerned that you get crap in them?

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    • Jonathon Newton

      Haha I was wondering if anybody would make a comment about that :P 

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    • Pye Jirsa

      Lol. I’m pretty rough on my gear. My gear are my tools, I beat on them pretty hard. I try to keep the front/rear elements from getting scratched. But, it’s relatively easy to clean the camera sensor and the lenses.

      Plus, they are frequently getting free services with our CPS membership as well. So I definitely don’t necessarily recommend following this piece of my education, if you like babying your gear ;) 

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