From the category archives:

Studio Lighting Setup

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I tested the new Profoto OCF Color Gel Starter Kit last week and it is finally really easy to use them on the Profoto B1 and B2.

With this small and lightweight solution, I don’t need to fiddle with clamps or duct tape to attach color correction or other gels to my battery flashes any more.

Read my short review to see more of what is in the package and what you can use it for.

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Hanna is a Swedish jazz singer, and she contacted me for updated headshots and publicity portraits. After a quick search on Google, I saw that she already had a lot of good portraits, but mostly outdoor and in natural light.

So I prepared a lighting setup in my studio using my new Profoto Giant 180 reflector as main light, in this portrait quite close (just look at the big catchlights).

With the fantastic focused light from my new favorite lighting modifier, despite its size, the facial features got the right amount of contrast in my taste. Especially highlighting the cheekbones nicely.

Profoto Giant and two rim lights

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With over 900 blog posts on my Swedish photography blog, it was time to offer a new and hopefully easier way of finding the right stuff.

I have now “launched” some kind of companion site (in Swedish) that only displays the portraits and links to the original posts for more info on lighting, setup, equipment used and maybe a diagram?

Just a Beta test, so far…

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I recently bought a Profoto Giant 180 reflector used from another Swedish photographer and since then it finds its way into most of my studio portraits, sometimes as my main and only light, but also as a great fill light for full length or less.

This time I was contacted by Nina, working as a corporate lawyer needing new portraits for an article a magazine were about to publish about her and her company.

We did most of the portraits in my small photo studio, starting with white background but later on I switched to a different lighting setup where the Giant went from main to fill.

A Giant, a grid and a softbox…

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January was the worst month in years for us with three kids, I can count the days when we all were free of flu, fever, cold or a nagging cough on my Profoto battery lights (I have four).

But, being at home with the boys I have learned that slightly feverish and snotty kids makes for good photo models. Just rig a simple symmetrical lighting and put them on a chair for ultra-realistic portraits that might not find its way into my portfolio, or maybe they will?

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