Full figure portrait lighting setup, using speedlights and natural light

Full figure portrait of swedish singer Martin Stenmarck.
Lighting diagram for the full figure portait lighting setup

Here’s a nifty full figure portrait lighting setup provided by photographer Johan Marklund.

– “I’m have many assignments that has to be done quick with little or no time for planning in advance and sometimes even less time for the actual shot. In my bag I always carry 2-3 small flashguns and a radio transmitter. These often has a tendency to boost creativity instead of getting locked in to the correctness that big machines can create due to there physical dimension (where to place and the hell of replacing).

This shot with musical artist Martin Stenmarck is one of those shots. We had some minutes and the hotell was not to keen upon having their lobby turned into a studio. Small flash on tripod from an angle to the right of me and another small flash behind Martin from behind to put some shine on his bike and some rime on him did the job easy and good. Exisiting bulb light for the background.”

Rock climbing lighting setup

Always bring your camera and lighting equipment when hiking in the mountains. Who knows? You might spot the Yeti, or maybe even spot the seldom seen mysterious naked rock climber.
Lighinting diagram for rock climbing action sports photography

Photographer Johan Marklund provides another great action sports lighting setup. Here’s the strory behind the photo:

– “We were shooting some bouldering in Ailfroide, France, Julien Turin got hot and took his clothes of. Lightning setup is simple, afternoon sun from behind lightning the background, Big flash from behind for over all lightning of the boulder (as was in shade) and small flashgun on slave hidden in the grass (some of it cloned out) for effect light from underneith.”

Lighting setup for action and sports photography

A cool longboard rider demands a cool lighting set up and a cool point of view when photographed. Swedish photographer Johan Marklund got it all set in this action sport photo.
Lighting diagram for action and sports photography

Photographer Johan Marklund shares a great lighting setup for action and sport photography. Here is the story of when he took this cool photo of Carolina Bodin

– “Carolina Bodin is one of Swedens best longboard rider. This pictures was taken in Oslo on a sunny day. I placed my flash inside of the tunnel that I was upon. The tunnel gave shade so that my flash could act as main light. The wall of the tunnel had to be brought up in post-work.”

Underwater photography lighting setup

Dramatic lighting setup for a dramatic under water scene. The model is successfully expressing how a hangover really feels.
Lighting diagram for under water photography

Photographer Johan Marklund gives us this extraordinary under water lighting setup. Working with under water photography is slightly different from regular photography. Here is Johan’s own words about the photo session:

– “Helena Engelbrecht offered me here assistance as a pre-lighting model for a commercial photoshoot I had promised to do underwater with the staff of a big company.

Ideas are fun but serously I had no figure out how to light under water. So two days before D-day we went of to the pool to try out the setting (two days before that I had discovered that radio transmitters do NOT work under water).

So after some thinking I came up with the idea to use a slave trigger wrapped in a plastic bag outside of the Ewa-marin housing in which I had my camera with a flashgun on low-power. The slave trigger itself was corded to my Ranger-pack. Helena had such a hangover that she later had to puke but before she did this.”

Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with Johan. If you want to know more about Johan you can always check out his blog: johanmarklund.blogspot.com