Fruit splash photography lighting setup

This is a setup from the swedish photographer Carl Magnus Swahn. – I used a small aquarium filled with water, and then I simply dropped different fruits in it. I dropped the fruit with one hand and triggered the camera via remote with my other hand. It took a while to get the timing right. [...]

Clam shell lighting setup for beauty shots

Beauty lighting setups does not have to be difficult. You can easily get professional looking beauty shots using the clam shell lighting setup. It’s called clam shell simply because you rig two softboxes as a giant gaping clam shell. It’s hard to see in the lighting diagram because of the levitated view. It would have [...]

Travelling light with portable lighting setups

These photos are from a session on location in Hong Kong, featuring ShellZ Zhu. ShellZ Zhu is a fashion model and actress in China, but she has also been seen i a few Hollywood productions. Portable lighting setup I didn’t have the possibility to bring my full arsenal of lighting equipment, so I had to find [...]

Lighting setup using natural light and silver reflector

This is a photo portrait of the swedish professional dancer Karl Dyall. The lighting setup is very simple. The model is standing next to a big window which is about 4 feet from him on the right hand side. On the left hand side stands a silver reflector about 2 feet away. It was cloudy [...]

Studio lighting setup for product photography

This is a simple yet very useful lighting setup with only two hot shoe flashes (canon 580 ex speedlite), two homemade light modifiers and a dark glossy board. I use one honeycomb snoot on the backdrop to get more control of the light. That flash i placed under the board. I use one homemade horizontal [...]

Photographer Carl Swahn

A few questions answered by photographer Carl Swahn. Where are you from? – “I’m from Stockholm, Sweden.” How old are you? – “I’m 35.” How long have you’ve been into photography? – “I bought my first black and white darkroom in 1993, that’s when I got into it for the real. I developed pictures day [...]