Photographer Magnus Svensson of MAZ Studios

Awesome photographer Magnus Svensson gives you some awesome lighting setups!

Get to know Magnus Svensson, contributing photographer. You can see his work in the upcoming post here and you can see even more of his work if you follow the links in this interview.

Where are you from?

– “I’m from Karlstad, Sweden. But I recently got a new studio in Stockholm so I probably move there pretty soon.”

How old are you?

– “I am 35 years old”

Any homepages we should take a look at?

– “Yeah, is the main site. I also have a blog. That is in swedish though, sorry to say. Been thinking about making it all international. We’ll see :-)”

How long have you been into photography?

– “Actually I haven’t been into the photography part that long. I started my company 2006, but I worked with retouch for about 10-11 years. And that’s how I got in contact with the world of photos.”

What is your area of expertise?

– “I have always been influenced by the more edgy stuff, fetish and other art that is not well known for the regular people. So, when I take on any mission this is what I like to introduce in whatever genre I take on. My main areas is fashion and advertisement. But I have done some glamour before and it’s a cool and fun style. Not that much money though in that. But the fashion is what I have the passion for. To me, a well shot editorial is like a work of art. It just blows me away. So, I like to take the fashion and make it “Maz style” sort of speak  :-)”

What is your dream assignment?

– “The big magazines like Vogue and similar. I have recently done jobs for Elle, UNA (Hong Kong), Harper’s bazaar, so that’s cool. I love the international assignments.”

Who is your favorite photographer?

– “David Lachapelle is truly one of my biggest inspirations. Even though it might not show in my work he has always been someone I looked up to. There is of course a lot more but that one is probably the most important.”

What are the most common beginner’s mistakes when it comes to lighting?

– “Learn to walk before you run! You don’t need 5 pro photo flashes the first thing you do. Start with one. Even today, I still love to use just one. Simple, yet power full.”

What is your favorite lighting setup?

– “Hard to say, but I have always loved the result of the ring flash. I think you either hates it, or loves it. I, for one, loves the shit out of it.”

What is your worst photo experience?

– “I like photography and everything around it. So its not like I’m only into commercial or fashion. I like to try out new stuff. So for a season I worked as a school photographer. You know, shooting the photos for classes. So, one time I worked on a kindergarten. And a few tips I got before the job was to let the parents leave and don’t let the kids start to cry ha ha. So, I failed this miserably of course. I forgot about the parents so they stayed. And it was devastating. On one side we had the parents yelling on the kids “c’mon, smile, like you did this morning. C’mon, you are ruining everything kiddo” And on the other side, the teachers saying the same thing, and of course blaming me for the slow pace. Everything was of course my fault ha ha. So, that was a long, long day. Never did that again after that. They say kids and animals are the worst things to shoot. I agree 🙂 But I take the animals every day of the week over those brats!”

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