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Always having extra lighting modifiers, for example an umbrella, can be a really smart thing sometimes. Especially when you are hired to shoot portraits on a location where the best backgrounds are outside and it rains that day.

Lucky for me, it was a nice day temperature-wise, so my model, a Swedish author, didn´t mind standing in the rain. But having an extra umbrella saved his jacket from getting wet with dark dots everywhere and his hair from getting all flat.

But the Profoto Deep Umbrella he held in these portraits also helped me getting much more interesting light and shadows.

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I have been the official photographer for The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) seven years in a row now, and it is mainly an event that takes place during a week in May/June.

This year’s recipient, the fantastic Meg Rosoff, came to Stockholm and was greeted with nice weather but quite windy. My first assignment is always to do a photo shoot so ALMA can have their own publicity portraits in their image bank, and that session always takes place on Skeppsholmen, a small island in the middle of Stockholm.

One Profoto B1 and a Zoom Reflector…

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Shooting portraits in full sunlight can be a challenge, or fantastic, or a fantastic challenge. Using the natural light while being in the shadow is often a good recipe for nice portrait lighting, but what if the location is on a rooftop, with no shadow?

For this assignment of producing a magazine cover as well as some portraits for the article about these two experts on working with board of directors, I brought only one Profoto B1 together with some umbrellas and a large 5 foot softbox Octa.

One light can often be enough…

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I am not a wedding photographer, but I have helped a few friends with portraits from their big days from time to time. My latest example is from a wedding in Stockholm near the lake Mälaren where they had a ceremony at their house and we decided to take the arranged photos near the water.

They were really lucky with the weather, and I was lucky that I had brought a big light to compete with that sun on a nearly cloudless sky. It has been quite windy lately in Stockholm, and working without an assistant, travelling light, using a beauty dish and a heavy lighting stand is the best combination trying to reduce the risk of expensive equipment falling and breaking.

One light on a sunny day…

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This must be one of the most simple studio setups with just one light and a very large umbrella. Works fantastic if you want to enhance a strong bone structure and have a large, wrapping light that looks good in the catchlights.

But, I wouldn´t rely on it for everyone, especially if someone might have very pale or oily skin, so it is not in my ordinary repertoire for corporate headshots. For that I chose a safer way with a large softbox or something similar.

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