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Photographing Couples - As it's Valentine's day we have some quick tips on photographing couples.

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A hand to hold
Photo by Malcolm Bernhard (saltireblue).

A 100mm is what a lot of people go for when shooting portraits, but you can also use the 85mm f/1.4D AF NIKKOR - ideal for indoor portraits. A longer lens such as the 300mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S VR NIKKOR can give a better perspective and throw the background out.



Ask the couple you're photographing to wear something they feel comfortable in but make sure what they pick is complimentary. This doesn't mean they have to match but you don't want them to be wearing patterns and colours that clash.

Everyone is different and some will be more comfortable with having their photo taken than others but you won't know how they feel unless you talk to them. So before the shoot begins, have a chat with them to ease nerves, if there are any, and discuss any ideas you have. Try shooting while they're having a break as they won't feel as self conscious, giving you the chance to capture a more natural shot.

Direction is key
The couple can't see where the light is exceptional or if a particular pose is working so don't be afraid to shout out instructions and ideas to them.

Small details
Don't think that all the shots you take have to be full length portraits as cropped shots of hands, such as the above photo by Malcolm, can work just as well.

Simple, out of focus backgrounds work well when you want to emphasise the subject while textures, words and shapes give location portraits structure and a sense of place and time. Keep an eye out for colours that will compliment the outfits your couple are wearing or if you're going for something a little more modern, make the image striking with the use of a contrasting background.

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