Clamshell lighting is something I used to do a lot before, then I took a break and almost never used reflectors outdoors. Now I think it is time to bring back that style, as it is gives a very flattering and nice portrait light with very simple equipment.

All you need, in its simplest form, is your main light and a reflector. If you want, you can always switch the reflector to a fill light, but that is maybe not as simple on location as it is in a photo studio.

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Shooting portraits on-location is always a gamble. Is the location as good as advertised? How will the available light affect my ideas about using the environment? Will it be worth the extra cost or time to use it? You never really know.

In this case, yes. That light pattern on the wall in the background would have been very hard to create without a very serious budget, but I got it for no extra cost.

Two Profoto A1 + two B1…

I like writing about studio lighting, portrait photography and stuff like that. My Swedish blog has over 1000 blog posts, many of them about lighting techniques, behind the scenes and equipment.

Unfortunately, writing the same content in English takes a lot more time, so I am trying a translation plug-in from Google. It might be confusing here and there, but I think with all the example photos and a little guesswork, you will hopefully enjoy the posts anyway.

Please visit my blog about photography and lighting in Swedish, choose your language in the right column and see if you can find more interesting content.

Best,
Stefan

In Sweden during winter as a photographer you don’t really need that much light. Overpowering the sun is not a challenge when there is no sun to speak of.

But, on vacation skiing up north on a sunny day with lots of snow, suddenly you will need a lot more power. This year, I only brought my two Profoto A1, but for these portraits I only used one.

Fitting a Nikon D750, two lenses, a Profoto A1, an umbrella and a Manfrotto Nano stand in a small backpack was simple. Lighting a portrait and battling the sun was not so much harder.

Behind the scenes and more examples here…

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Profoto A1 has become a very welcome addition to my arsenal of light. So far, I have mostly used the two I own together with aProfoto B1 or a B2, on-camera or off-camera.

During Christmas at home, I tried a setup using only my two Profoto A1, and it worked just perfect. At least for close-up headshot portraits, and together with lighting modifiers that fits.

For these portraits, I used a Profoto Deep Umbrella silver Large and a modified copy of the RoundFlash ring flash adapter.

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