Behind the Photo – Epic Rice Toss from Gustavo Franco Photography

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You might remember this impressive image from the 2016 Best of the Best Wedding photo collection, and you probably asked yourself “how did that photographer snag that shot?” Today, Gustavo Franco is here to share a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of his award-winning image. Enjoy!


Mato Grosso, Brazil




5D MarkIII / 24mm LII

Camera Settings

1/200 f3.2 ISO 1000


We had only a little bit of time (and not enough rice) to take this photo. As you might imagine people were already impatient.

So two photographers and the videographer helped me to add light to the picture and I had only one chance. I quickly increased the power of the flash and watched with my eyes for the moment I saw more rice falling and shot.


Post Production

1 photo edited in 4 TIF edited separately in Lightroom – 1 for color correction / 1 for color grading / and another to remove the Led and to add flares


This photo would not exist without the support of these three: Leandro Moraes, Adelmo Lima and Darlei Azevedo


Massive thanks to Gustavo and his team for sharing the story behind this winning image. Love our Behind the Photo series? Be sure to check out our story on Clarkie Photography’s Night Sky Portrait.


(2) comments

  1. Great job Gustavo! and thnx Junebug for sharing 🙂

  2. Great shot!

    I would love to hear a little more info on what flash/es, where were they, etc to light the rice.


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