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100 posts and counting…


I just missed it, this blog has passed the 100 mark. 100 posts with behind the scenes, lighting diagrams, a lot of text about how the angle of a softbox can improve a portrait and things I just write when I get started.

The funny thing is that this blog in English was just a test to see if there was an interest in stuff I like to read on other blogs (my blog in Swedish is not at all this focused on lighting, but I had to narrow the scope here, otherwise I would never have time to work).

Photographers providing detailed information on how they set up a photo shoot on location or in the studio, why they chose a beauty dish instead of a Magnum reflector, or just showing how it was done, behind the scenes. Those are the things I have learned almost everything I know about studio lighting from (plus a few books and a little trial-and-error of course).

And sharing it is not just something for good karma, it is really helping me to put words on what I know, having to describe it to the Internet. I only read books in English, watch DVDs without subtitles and wander around the english speaking Internet effortlessly, but writing stuff in English is hard. And time consuming.

Sure, it is a lot of technical words that are easy to understand in this business, but the wording often gets me stuck. If you have English as your first language, please excuse some funny direct translations or other mistakes.

And thank you all for all the comments, they really help me finding the time to document more, write more and make me happy even on boring days.

And if you have the time, please share the content on this blog via Twitter, Facebook or on forums, I love to see how this thing grows just with the help of good old word of mouth.

Let me know if there are things you want me to focus more on, I am happy to fill my list with requests. Now I have to finish a blog post with crochet cakes.

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  • anselm smith March 14, 2012, 15:34

    Congratulations!!! Keep up the good work. Thanks for taking the time out for informing us on lighting and photography. As i am a student you’re a big help.

  • Stefan Simonsen March 14, 2012, 16:01

    Hej Stefan,

    keep up the effort! I wrote my posts in two languages too – German and English. The english one is a good way to stay connected with people around the world and I got more comments on the english one than in German.

    Like you, it helped me to increase my skills in writing english. Ya know, I learned it in school for five years but it’s only, uhm, school-english. There’re so many technical words to know and you learn it best by writing, not reading.

    And if I go to Stockholm area this summer (made it only to SkÃ¥ne last year) we would be able to talk to each other in English 😉

    Best regards

  • Ryan March 14, 2012, 16:09

    Congrats Stefan, and the content is much appreciated! I don’t yet have any studio strobes (yet is hopefully a key word in that statement), but a lot of what you cover I can convert over to small flash setups. The rest I just put in my back pocket for when I do get big lights. Again, thanks for last 100 posts, and please keep them coming!

  • Terry Jones March 14, 2012, 16:12

    Superb photography and setups. I have learnt so much from your work! I really appreciate the fact that you share your work.

  • Edd Carlile March 14, 2012, 18:07

    Have always enjoyed looking at your work and seeing how you tackle each project.

    Thank you.

  • Stefan Tell March 15, 2012, 01:06

    Anselm: Thanks, a nice to get comments on Facebook as well.

    Stefan: I will, and I checked out your blog just now, very good. We will continue improving our school English, and it works ok, I think. I see the same thing about comments, the Swedish blog is very quiet compared to the English one (I guess it feels easier to comment on international blogs for many people working as photographers).

    Ryan: You can start with small lights, just be sure not to invest to much in equipment you can’t use when you buy bigger ones. Create Light has for example speedrings for Speedlights as well as for many of the bigger brands of studio lights, so you can use the same softboxes for both. Investing in too many dead ends will empty your wallet in no time.

    Terry: Thanks, comments like this makes it worth it.

    Edd: Thanks, and great portraits in your stream as well. I loved the last ones (been away from Flickr a while but must try to find time for it soon).

  • José Tomás Tocino March 16, 2012, 17:35

    Congrats Stefan! I don’t usually comment on your posts because I read them via Google Reader, but I’m a big fan. I really like your pictures, they’re so natural and well lit. Keep ’em coming!

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