Bright and shiny portrait lighting setup

Promo photo for the band Amy's Ashes
Portrait lighting diagram

Magnus Svensson took some great promo photos for the band Amy’s Ashes, and gives you an exciting portrait lighting setup with a bright shiny look n feel. Shooting against the light this way gives you those prominent vivid flares. There are two beauty dishes from the back, and one big softbox a bit to the right from the camera.

Ringlight fashion lighting

Alternative fashion shot with ringlight and two stripboxes
Lighting diagram showing the ringlight and the two softboxes

Magnus Svensson is back with another funky fresh lighting setup. The key light is a ringlight wich gives the very characteristic light and maybe most of all, a characteristic shadow if the model stands close to the background. There is also one stripbox on each side that gives the reflection in the glossy outfit.

Product lighting setup for everyone

Impressive product photography using a minimum lighting setup.
As you can see in the lighting diagram, all you need is a flashlight for this lighting setup
This is a clever lighting method for product photography that doesn’t require much lighting equipment. A flashlight and a tripod. So it doesn’t matter if you are a professional photographer or a complete beginner, everyone can try this fantastic lighting setup. Use a 20-30 seconds shutter and then use the flashlight to paint the light on your object. Magnus Svensson definitely  masters this lighting technique as you can see above.

Glamour lighting with Helene Wiklund

Lusciuos glamour model Helene Wiklund from Sweden
Glamour lighting diagram

If you are into glamour photography and have already tried the golden umbrella thing and similar lighting setups, you can find new inspiration from Magnus Svensson here. The keylight is a large octabox, and then you kick some light from the smaller softboxes at both sides in the background. This gives you a glamour lighting with a slight touch of beauty lighting!

Fashion lighting setup on location

First class fashion photography doesn't necessarily require tons of lighting equipment.
Lighting diagram for fashion photography

This is a lighting setup for fashion photography on location. Using only sunlight and a reflector you can achieve amazing photos . We will soon publish more photos, lighting setups and lighting diagrams from Magnus Svensson. In the meanwhile, check out his portfolio at Maz Studios

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!”