Behind The Shot: Bruno Garcez

Behind the Shot is where we highlight an image that has stood out for its location, composition, or creativity. We give you a look ‘behind the shot’ by asking the artist a few questions, and hearing about the details we don’t necessarily see.

1) When and where was this incredible photo taken?

This picture was taken last year (2020) in the back of a well-known venue in Portugal. It was at the bar. 

2) What drew you to this location?

It was an event, when I arrived early in the morning I felt attracted by the lights of the bar!  I waited until the end of the day to take this picture.

3) What technical challenges did you have taking this shot? 

I found many challenges in making the photo I had envisioned! The bar was dark and only had wall lights. This was good for creating the impact I wanted but difficult to light the couple’s faces. There were many things going on all around us, from people passing by to objects and machines everywhere.

I asked the bar staff to leave so I could take this picture with the couple. On top of that, the bar counters had so many distractions such as the coffee machines, a laptop and a fire extinguisher, so I used the mirror column on my right and the reflection of the mobile phone below to try to hide everything. It was a challenge to get everything to work well using only the lights on the wall and the 2 minutes I had because the bartenders had to get back to work.

In the end, everything went well. Everyone was worried about the objects and thought that everything would appear in the photo. Nobody wanted to believe the final result came straight from the camera. I just corrected the WB and tweaked the colors.

4) What equipment did you use for this? (camera, lens, lights etc.)

I used only the Canon R camera, the RF 35 1.8 lens, and the cell phone.

5) Where are you from?

I am from Porto, Portugal but I work outside of Portugal as well.

6) How long have you been a photographer?

Since 2018. I am a self-taught portrait and wedding photographer. Portrait photography is the art of discovering a person, observing and finding those features that make them so unique and special. Then you just grab a camera.

7) Who or what has influenced your work growing as a photographer?

It’s a little strange but it’s my truth! Since I was very young I always loved clean, simple and airy UI Design. Even today I follow many creatives and I am amazed by their work and I think I brought a lot of that vision to my photography work. I have also always loved the work and colors of Steve McCurry’s photography.

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