Image of the Week #386 – How to Use Natural Elements To Frame Your Subjects

Yes, I know that I choose a fair few wedding images done out in the Scottish Landscape but it’s hard not to when they can be so incredibly spectacular.

Andrew Rae lives on the Isle Of Skye so he has the insider knowledge on some of the best places to shoot. As he says himself though, the weather can be very hard to judge and it can change a scene very quickly.

There are a few elements that make this image great. I find the portrait format very pleasing, it means the edges of the frame are pulled in so that the eye finds the couple easily. They could have been overshadowed by the landscape but instead they are enveloped within it. They look away from us, out across that vast scene so it feels serene and as if they are in a contemplation. Finally the warmth in the sky stops this from feeling sombre, it adds in a romantic tone.

It is wedding photography at a master level.

Nikon Z6ii | Nikon 24mm f/1.8 | f/5.6 | 1/500| ISO 500

Own Preset

What Andrew Said…

“Andrea & Ethan travelled all the way from the US to Scotland to get married in an intimate ceremony on the Isle of Skye.
They wanted a low key day in the wilds of Scotland to make the commitment on their own terms.

With nothing more than a rough idea of a location spot and a loose time for their ceremony, we headed off into the wind with Rona the Humanist & Ally the piper.

After their ceremony the light and conditions were changing by the second. Armed with compass, map and an awareness of rapidly approaching nightfall, we headed off to see what we could find. To get to this spot took a heck of an effort from them but it was totally worth it.

A moody preset on top of a bang average, horizon through the head composition doesn’t make something a good shot regardless of how much social may say it is.

That landscape can make you work for it because of the amount of layers. I elected to get as high above them as I could to avoid that and also framed them into an area of the background with slightly darker tones to make them stand out.