From the category archives:

Studio Photography

Casting-Portrait-shoot-actor_Kerim-Troeller_Photographer-Stefan-Tell

Shooting portraits of authors and actors are a bit similar, you get to use your creativity and you get to create a light for just one person. It is also a good chance to try new lighting setups and other tricks.

Kerim Troeller is a Swedish actor, who recently did a small part in Michael Bay’s “13 Hours”. He needed new portraits for his portfolio and castings, so he called me.

I prepared a main setup that we used with small adjustments during the photoshoot, four lights were involved as well as a lot of different lighting modifiers and other stuff.

Four Profoto lights and other stuff…

I have a small photo studio and I struggle almost every time to make something more of the background. It can be a different paper roll, or a combination of two. Or some props, or maybe just shadows.

In my Facebook feed another photographer told me about a company called Gravity Backdrops that made affordable and hand painted canvas backgrounds. After visiting their page I thought about if that could be a welcome addition to my studio.

Hand painted and not too expensive…

copying-the-style-of-an-old-portrait

Recently a guy contacted me on Facebook and asked if I wanted to help him with a challenging portrait he wanted to make. It was a portrait of his grandfather when he was in the Swedish Air Force.

My client is working in the military as well, but the Army, and this is now around 80 years later. So there are differences in uniforms and especially how portraits look.

But that was the fun in it, trying to emulate old portrait lighting with a little (maybe a bit more) retouch to make it look like they had been to the same studio photographer in the 30’s.

How I did it, step by step…

Publicity-Headshot-Portrait-of-Swedish-Jazz-Singer-Profoto-Giant-180

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

a-more-visual-search-for-blog-posts-on-lighting-setups

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…