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Window light — Stefan Tell, Sweden

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Who moved the sun?

October 21, 2013 · 4 comments

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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…

Portrait lit with two lights, one flash through window for hard sunlight effect. Profoto zoom reflector

Sometimes the idea how to light a portrait, on-location or in the studio, comes naturally. Mostly on-location, I must confess, as the studio often is the dreaded blank white paper that can induce some kind of lighter’s block in me.

Anyway, this was an assignment for a large Swedish publishing house and they wanted new author portraits, or headshots, of the famous Ulf Nilsson. He was kind enough to let me use his apartment in the Old Town of Stockholm as a studio for the day. He is also my brother-in-law (altough none of us are married to the ones we are living with, yet). The apartment is quite spectacular, and has a very special layout which made this shot possible. I didn’t even need a ladder.

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stock-photo-ish-meeting-with-consultants-and-an-ipad

I am often hired by companies to take photos for their image banks, and many times they more or less request a style that is seen often in stock photos. Clean setups in a bright room, one or two persons having some sort of meeting and a relatively simple background. Photos that are easy to use on the web, in financial reports and newsletters, but with their own people, not generic models.

Using ordinary people to act as models can be tricky, but it can also be very simple. In this case, where they would be having an informal meeting around an iPad, I just told them to play meeting. And that is something most people can to, and even find amusing. As soon as they start having their fake meeting, I start shooting, giving them as little directions as I can. Sooner or later it looks almost natural.

Lighting this kind of photo is mostly done by adding light in a fashion that makes the image bright and clean. I try to imagine how the light would be if they where in an office with very large windows.

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designer-in-front-of-screen-printed-fabric

One of my first assignments after the vacation was to take a couple of portraits of a designer doing graphic prints on fabric (screen printing, is that a word in English?). She needed new photos to be used in PR and hopefully they will end up in magazines together with the products she produces.

She prints her things in a large factory converted to a shop for artists were they can print, develop film, do large art projects and stuff like that. Being an old factory often means very large windows, and so it was. Very large windows, on two walls.

A couple of more natural light portraits…

Business portrait using only available light from windows

Light is nothing we take for granted here in Sweden, but during this season assignments that might would have required a couple of studio lights, light stands, reflectors and a big bag can be done with just a camera.

The portrait of a business woman (above) was taken for the cover of a magazine late last summer, she is a professional board member and was featured in an article covering her skills and experience.

My job was to create a portrait that could be used on the cover, preferably with and uncluttered background so the magazine designer could place design elements around it without disturbing the portrait too much.

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