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If I as a photographer can let my clients chose from more different portraits with more different backgrounds and styles, chances are big that they will buy more.

That has been my sales pitch the last few years, and it works. The more choices I give to my clients, the more portraits they will buy. And the best part is that they will pay me more money but at the same time they will be more satisfied.

Truth be told, if you are in need of a professional portrait, two or three will be a lot more useful than just one. In the long run, at least. Why buy just one carton of milk when you have walked all the way to the store? Especially if you could use two in a near future.

Four lights, two channels and a happy client…

Shooting portraits on location is something I do a lot, and think a lot how to do in the most effective way. Of course, I want it to be as good as possible, but I also want to work faster and carry less equipment (those two things are very connected).

For most lighting setups on location I have a standard list of lights and stands that I bring along. Most of the times, I only use about half of all the things I pack.

Since I bought my two Profoto A1, there is now a mini-kit available as a good choice when I do quick assignments. If I know that the portraits are to be taken indoors, two lightweight lighting stands (Manfrotto Nano or similar) plus the lights and umbrella will suffice.

Sometimes less is all you need…

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.

[Read the full post here…]

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Recently I was hired to shoot portraits for an annual report. They wanted me to visit their clients and have good photos from their business. This example is from an in-door amusement park, and their CEO.

We walked around the place and took portraits here and there, and finally we got to the go-karts. The Art Director wanted photos with a lot of copy space so they could place text on top of the portrait, so I arranged this in front of a black wall.

More lighting, less retouch…