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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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Recently one of my sons visited my in the photo studio, and I took the opportunity to shoot some portraits (can be fun to try something arranged with good lighting instead of the thousands of snapshot in my iPhone).

My lighting was simple, one Profoto D1 with a white Softlight reflector (beauty dish) camera left and a strip softbox behind him as rim light camera right.

That done, the problem was to get him into the sweet spot of the lighting and staying there for at least one minute. Luckily I had some props left from another photo session, one of the a heavy fabric with some brown/golden pattern.

Two lights and some fabric…

Studio portrait of curly haired woman standing in front of black paper background lit with two Profoto Compact lights

While giving my online portfolio a well deserved make-over I found some old studio portraits that I almost had forgotten. This is a portrait of a very talented Swedish illustrator and artist that I shot for a book publisher some years ago with a Nikon D2x and a Nikkor 17-55/2.8 using the only lights I had at the time.

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Studio portrait with just one light (Profoto Compact + Softbox Octa 5') on white/grey background

Shooting studio portraits with just one light is maybe the best way to start. Most of my setups begins with getting the main light right, and after that, I continue building up the idea I have with additional lights and reflectors etc.

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Studio photography - A hard light portrait in black and white with Profoto Magnum

During a portrait photography session with a client of mine we tried different studio lighting setups, this was one of them. The goal was to create a strong business portrait, corporate style, but with a little more edge.

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