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Between the Rose & the Knife



Model: Lotte Cornelia Ninja Fagerheim

Model: Lotte Cornelia Ninja Fagerheim
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jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett December 30, 2016
Congratulations - absolutely gorgeous image
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KristofferEide December 31, 2016
Thank you very much!
mdcongas
 
mdcongas August 06, 2018
gorgeous
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet April 08, 2019
super portrait, nice light
lindashea_9842
 
lovely!
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I took a l-o-n-g look at this great shot.

Behind The Lens

Location
The portrait was taken in the studio I share with another photographer. I live in a small town, so sharing a studio space is key to make it economically smart.
Time
I shoot mostly on evenings after my kids are put to bed. We started the session with bodyscapes and silhouettes, and I just made the model sit up to get this portrait.
Lighting
I wanted a one-source-portrait to change things up. Usually I´ll have at least three, but this 3ft octabox was already set up close to the floor to light the model while laying down. Her sitting up made her face really close to the source and I just had to get that shot.
Equipment
I´m a Leica shooter, but this was taken with my Nikon, the D750. I shoot hand held as it frees me up to quickly alter the angle of the shot without having the models move. On this particular photo, I used an 85mm Nikkor and an Elinchrom studio strobe with the 3ft deep octabox mounted. To get the light maneuvered I´ll use a stand from Kaffebrus with a boom. I use the RX One if I have to get the boom far out since the weight is low so I won´t exceed the weight limit or out-weigh the counter weight sandbag.
Inspiration
We were in the middle of a planned BW nude shoot, something the model and I planned together. We initially hadn't planned to do any portraits, but the light fell on the model in this way when she sat up to rest from a quite tiring pose and I had to get the shot.
Editing
Apart from making it BW, I did very light retouching and some dodging and burning. I also slightly drove up the contrast by getting the blacks all black and the whites all white. Very little post was needed actually which is not normal for me. I´m a photoshop enthusiast and enjoy creating these elaborate comps and retouches, but it would not be the right thing to do with this shot
In my camera bag
The m240 is with me almost everywhere I go. I have other cameras, but now the m240 fills my every need. I mostly do portraits so the 90mm is a given. Having kids though I need a lens with a bigger range so what is my default lens for "grab & go" is the 50mmf/2. It is very good, but I rarely use it in a studio setting.
Feedback
If attempting a studio shoot for the first time, one tip is to have as few lights as possible. A studio strobe will have a model light allowing you to see how the light and shadows will fall on the model. Turn of the ambient light if you have to. Start with one studio strobe and look at the model, take the shot and adjust the camera settings to get the exposure you want. If you want more light, now you can start building the light scene adding on a kicker or a hair light. But always start with one, and just get familiar with the distances and the softness each light gives. Move the model around. Move the light around. I´m not a "rule-follower" when it comes to portraits, anything is allowed to get the shot you want!

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