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Wedding Photographer Santa Marina, Spain. Valentin Gamiz shares a wedding photography technique.

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I was born in Cordoba (Spain) in 1971 where I still live and work as a wedding and portrait photographer. I love photographing weddings, always surrounded by happy people, special feelings and deep emotions. I would not change my job for anything.

Sometimes the best shot is just behind us, out of the main scene. In the moments when everything is quiet and nothing appears to be happening. These are the moments we could take a break. I prefer to keep looking around and find different things to photograph.

The time required for the passage of sunlight by the rosette of the church is very short and if I had not been paying attention to everything going on around me during the ceremony, I would have never noticed it.

The main difficulty taking this photo is the huge contrast between light and shadow, so it is very important to choose the area in which we make the measurement. I did my spot metering in the background on the illuminated columns.

I used my Canon 5D MIII and Canon 35mm f1.4 lens. The values I put in my camera are these: ISO 500 - f 3.2 - 1/100s
I did not use flash, I used no tripod, yet I have a steady hand ;)

For processing I used Lightroom 5, turning the image to black and white, adjusting contrast, shadows and highlights. After I used the adjustment brush to lift a little more of the shadows.

The result seemed to me a good way to show the wedding guests and the grandeur of the church.

I'm sure there are always more things to see and to capture, we must never be relaxed, we should never think that we have done our job photographing only the obvious, things are always happening around us and we must be vigilant to see them.

The photo was taken in the Church of Santa Marina, one of the oldest and most spectacular areas of Cordoba (Spain).





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