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This is some examples from my first portrait session using a smoke machine in the photo studio, the assignment was to create some band photos for a friend. The two guys, with beards and all, liked the idea of having some kind of haze in their photos, so I got to try how a little smoke can add an extra dimension to portraits.

My studio is quite small, but using smoke removed that feeling from the portraits right away. Or after a while, if I should be correct. At first, the smoke from the machine is a very visible part of the portraits, but after a short while it settles to a nice fog, making the studio space endless and very much a living part of the photos.

A more cinematic feel to studio lighting…

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This is a portrait of Barbro Lindgren, famous Swedish author and the winner of The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) 2014. I have worked with this organization for many years now, and this part of my assignment is always the most fun, and the most challenging. Once a year I have an hour to produce good publicity portraits that they can use for press and information.

This year the weather gods were happy and we had a nice sky with small fluffy clouds that made a good background. It is a pretty hectic schedule trying to shoot as many portraits in different styles on this small island in the middle of Stockholm, so I tend to travel light with as little equipment as possible.

A Speedlight, an umbrella and a C-stand…

Profoto, White Softlight Reflector and a bare bulb for this rockabilly portrait.

This is a portrait of what I guess is Sweden’s foremost expert on the rockabilly culture, that is maybe not so hard to guess by his appearance? His publisher asked me to get some publicity portraits for his new book, and I brought some lights and stands to his apartment thinking it was going to be easy.

It wasn’t. The portrait bit was not so hard, he is very used to getting his picture taken and even likes it, I think. But making room in his apartment for light stands and me and him and some other things I brought along was impossible.

So I had to restrict my plans a bit, and reduce the lighting to the bare minimum. One main light and one for the background, doubling as hair light.

One beauty dish and one bare bulb…

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Most of the photos I display on my blog are often done with studio lights, either in my studio or on-location. Before I shoot, there is often a plan that I may or may not stick to regarding the light.

This portrait Sweden’s foremost expert on the 50’s subculture we call “raggare” which I have done a quick research on and might at a glance translate to the rockabilly style, the word “greaser” also shows up here.

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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…