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Beauty portrait with make-up, studio lighting with setup for face photo. Stefan Tell

This kind of beauty portraits in my studio is not what I usually do, but the lighting setup is useful for all kinds of headshots. The main difference might be that these photos have a lot more make-up and hours in Photoshop than the rest of my portfolio.

The client was a Swedish producer of make-up and they wanted photos of their products in use on a model to show the colours of the season. In my studio we managed to fit a model, a stylist, a hairdresser, a couple of people from the client’s office. And me. And four studio lights. And some light shapers.

Behind the scenes and how I did it…

Who moved the sun?

October 21, 2013 · 4 comments


Natural light is often very nice and easy to work with, but sometimes it comes from the wrong direction and makes the location you find yourself in not optimal. One solution to that might be to chose a better location, but why not move the sun instead?

When shooting portraits of famous author/illustrator Anna Höglund we were using her studio which is a small house on her lawn. It is very small and full of stuff, and that autumn day the sun was shining hard light through the windows. With no adjustment to that light, the portraits would probably come out very dark with too much contrast, not really what I had in mind.

One light and a little diffusion solved it…

Autumn light and flash

October 14, 2013 · 1 comment


The autumn is here in Sweden and the light is hard and low. Mostly.

My latest assignment was to shoot author portrait of Anna, in her garden one afternoon last week. I had been there once before, so I knew the layout pretty well but couldn’t really be sure how much the tall trees surrounding the house would shadow the lawn. In this time of the year here in Sweden, the light is fantastic but quite unforgiving, especially for portraits.

So I brought a Profoto AcuteB 600R and a Magnum reflector to battle the sun.

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Last year I did an assignment for a Swedish company that runs a lot of clinics, and one of the places I visited to photograph image photos for their new web site and annual report was, of course, quite small.

In a small room, lighting the background separately can be a problem with so short distance from the models and everything else. Even with a tele. But we had some luck as the door to the doctor’s office were the type with a large panel of frosted glass in the middle, a perfect diffusion screen.

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Here are some portraits I took the day before the author portraits, using the Profoto Telezoom reflector shot through a Chimera panel with diffusion material. The main differences are the background (here a white cyc, on the author portraits a brown paper background closer behind the model) and the position of the background light (here outside a window pointing in at the background, on the other one also pointing at the background but with a different effect).

More Telezoom-examples here…