5 Steps to Taking Amazing Couple Photos
If there is one thing we are good at, its couple photos. We get asked all the time “who takes your photos”. Most people think we travel around with a 3rd wheel professional photographer that follows us wherever we go 😅. This is not the case! Sometimes we wish we did have a third person because that would make our lives a lot easier, but wheres the fun in that?
Just to make it clear and hopefully this will give you some more hope. We definitely do not classify ourselves as professional photographers, everything we have learnt about photography is self taught. It wasn’t too long ago that we were going through all of the settings in our camera with absolutely no idea of what everything did. Give us a 🖐🏽 in the comments if you know what thats like.
So how do we do it?
NO. 1 BUY A TRIPOD
First of all you will need a tripod, this is absolutely essential. We like to buy sturdy but relatively cheap tripods because we always ruin them buy putting them in salt water and other places they shouldn’t be. If you want to get the ‘shot’ you will need to put your tripod in places it shouldn’t be.
NO. 2 FRAME THE SHOT
Once you have found the perfect spot and positioned your tripod you will need to frame your shot. Composition is key, make sure your place yourselves thoughtfully in the photo. An advantage of being a couple is that you can send one person out into the frame to judge where exactly the best place to be is. Be natural and enjoy yourself, it is easy to tell if a photo contains true happiness
NO. 3 SET YOUR CAMERA TO TIME-LAPSE MODE
A very important part of taking great couple photos is the settings in your camera. All cameras have different functions but most will have a time lapse feature. After we have framed the shot will set our camera to time-lapse mode and set the time-lapse to shoot 1 photo every 3 seconds. We also set the camera to auto focus mode to make sure the camera stays focused while we move around. After we have set this all up we take the first shot, then wait to hear the camera snapping away in time-lapse before we get into the position we have chosen to place ourselves in the frame. Taking your photos this way will lead to much more candid and authentic shots. Instead of standing there waiting for the timer to go off or trying to hide your phone while you use it as a remote, you can just enjoy yourself and the location you are at and let the camera do its thing.
NO. 4 DOWNLOAD LIGHTROOM
In this day and age learning how to edit your photos post shoot is just as important as taking the photos in the first place. It really is amazing what you can do on modern day photo editing programs. The powerhouse of editing software is Adobe Lightroom. If you haven’t already subscribed to the Adobe Cloud, you should if you want to up your photo game. The Lightroom subscription goes for about $14.99, it is worth every cent. Once you’ve downloaded the software just play around. It will take some time to figure out how to use all the functions and to edit your photos to a point that you are happy with, but thats ok. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
NO.5 GET YOURSELF SOME PRESETS
If you want to fast forward the learning process in Lightroom and skip to having amazing photos straight up then you can buy some presets. A Preset is basically a customised template/filter that you can apply onto any photo and it will automatically adjust the tones, presence, highlights, shadow, colours etc etc. Buying and applying presets onto your photos are a great way to learn how to configure the settings for your photos. Then you can adjust or tweak the settings to your liking from there. Most photographers/travel bloggers/content creators on instagram will have a preset package for sale. If you find an instagrammer with a style of photography that you like and you want your photos to turn out similar, then buying their presets is a good place to start.
It took us more than a while to really get into our groove and our style. Don’t be disheartened if your photos aren’t turning out exactly how you would like, thats all a part of the process. Just enjoy yourself and have fun with it and practise, practise, practise. Check out some of best shots below. If you are looking for more inspiration and ideas for your couple shots, head across to our Gallery.
Happy Shooting Guys
Lots of Love
Marie and Jake