One of my favorite shots.

Posted on Friday, November 12, 2010 at 01:15PM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge in , , , , | Comments1 Comment | References3 References

As promised in my blog post about Studio Sitges yesterday here is a post from a shoot I did there during my workshop last month. As most of you know I'm a big fan of Elinchrom, but this day I was trying out a very CRAZY light! The Broncolor Para 220FB Reflector Umbrella as main light. This is a parabolic 7.2' umbrella with 24 braces, with a very shiny silver coating on the inside.

As I was teaching with a projector earlier in the day I kept looking at that big crazy para and  thinking I would really like to try this one out, but maybe it's the wrong time to try a new modifier during a class? Well I thought now or never, so I did.

If you look in the images underneath you can see how the outside edge make a whole "sharp" circle around the room. So I am using the edge of the light to light Luba. When we measured the light it was 1 1/2 f stop brighter on the floor then on her face! I'm only using 2 lamps in this shot, no fill. 

The second light is a standard reflector with a honey comb from the back corner. ( See image underneath, different model but same set up.) See how we use the flag to avoid getting spill light on my lens. Lens flare is great when you want the effect, but if not, I try to protect my glass from getting hit by light.

This overview snapped on my Lumix LX5, really shows how bright the floor in front of her is lit up.

Main shot: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III with 70-200mm f.2.8 @ 115mm and f 20. 1/100 sec. 100 ISO.

Hope you enjoyed this post, I look forward to be back at Studio Sitges in April 2011 for more workshops.


STUDIO SITGES, Barcelona, Spain

Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 03:21PM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge | CommentsPost a Comment | References10 References


One of Europe's most spectacular photo studios has been constructed in Sitges, a beach town near Barcelona, Spain.



First a few words from me: I been able to visit and shoot at Studio Sitges 2 times this year. In October I did a 3 day Workshop there. Just want to give Studio Sitges my strongest recommendation including a fantastic staff.

I will be doing 2 more workshops there in April 2011, one in English and one in Norwegian. Tomorrow I will post a blog from a shoot I did there including set up.

STUDIO SITGES is an ultramodern studio, available for rent and designed by the world-renowned architect Tom Kundig. Kundig’s signature style, the artful blending of concrete and steel is clearly evident in the new studio. Kundig worked closely with leading photographers to ensure that design and functionality would go hand-in-hand.

STUDIO SITGES is discretely built underground - only 150 meters from the sandy beaches of Sitges. It contains two spaces: studio A and studio B, which are divided by a hangar door that can be fully open, joining the two rooms into one huge production hall. Both studios can be accessed by car and have adjoining working stations, make-up, kitchen, bedrooms and even a spa area.

The active shooting area of studio A is 210m², while studio B offers 165m², both with over 5 meters high ceilings. Service areas are in addition to this. The studios have radiant underfloor heating and are fully air-conditioned for complete climate control.

STUDIO SITGES works in conjunction with the best production companies in Barcelona and can accommodate all aspects of your project, including casting, styling, catering, accommodation and any other specific requests you may have. We are, of course, also offering state-of-the-art lighting and camera equipment for both photo and film productions.

Given the exclusive nature of our facility, we offer a special "VIP-Package" for celebrity productions. Included is the ultimate in privacy, safety and luxury, transportation from the airport, in-studio accommodation and catering to the highest standards. And all of it handled with the utmost of discretion.

Besides photo and film productions, this stunning space is also suitable for workshops, receptions, showrooms and other events.

With Barcelona airport only 20 minutes away, the amenities of Barcelona next door and the nearby locations of beaches, hills and urban living, STUDIO SITGES aims to set a new benchmark when it comes to accommodating clients and photographers from around the world.

For any enquires, rates or pre-bookings, please contact us at

Email:    Skype: studiositges    Tel: +34 93 811 10 45

When do I want to retire? 

Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 at 01:37PM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge in | Comments3 Comments

On October 1, 2004, Avedon died of a brain hemorrhage in San Antonio, Texas, while shooting an assignment for The New Yorker. At the time of his death, he was also working on a new project titledDemocracy to focus on the run-up to the 2004 U.S. presidential election.

Richard Avedon was born in NYC on May 15, 1923, in other words he was 81 when he died while shooting the assignment for The New Yorker. What about Irving Penn, George Hurrell, Helmut Newton, when did they retire? Irving Penn lived to be 92, George Hurrell 88, Helmut Newton 83. And as far as I know they where all actively involved with Photography to the end of their lives.

This is 4 of the Photographers in the portrait ~fashion world I consider the greatest ever. So much of their greatest work was done at an age where most people would be retired. 

You will never be finished learning  or never finish becoming the best photographer you can be, it's always more to learn, place for improvement. This is one of the many things that makes Photographer one of the greatest professions on this earth. I decided to become a full time one at age 16, that's now 39 years ago.

When do I want to retire? The answer is the same as it has been for many years, NEVER! My life keep changing, and the kind of jobs I get, but I sure want to spend my whole life trying to be the best I can be, because I sure have a true love and passion for Photography.

To read more about Mr. Richard Avedon and see samples of his work, follow this link

One of my Photographer friends used to work as an assistant to Mr. Avedon many years ago and I have sure enjoyed hearing his stories from that time. RIP Mr. Richard Avedon, by many considered the greatest Photographer ever, he might be?

Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) An obituary, published in The New York Times following Avedon's death said that, "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century."

Controlling the lights from my iPhone? 

Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 12:31PM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge in , | Comments4 Comments | References2 References


In October I was fortunate enough to get to attend PhotoKina 2010 in Cologne, Germany the worlds largest Photo Fair. I have wanted to work with a small compact flash system with an octa for a long time. The timing was right, Elinchrom (which is already what I use in my studio etc.) had the most amazing solution for me. The NEW Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX offers many new exciting features. See link.

Being a gadget man of course I fell totally for this feature. You can use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to control your Elinchrom RX flash lights! ( Application available early 2011.) Check out this link on their website.

I guess by now you know what I am getting soon? Yes, this was the answer to what I want. If I had written written a wish list for a portable unit, this unit got it all covered. I love the new LED modeling light. Can hardly wait to get my hands on it :-) Check it out!


Lighting with Green Laser Pointer.

Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 03:45AM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge | Comments2 Comments | References3 References

It's important to have FUN with photography so you will keep loving it. A while back I bought a green lazer pointer on the street in Sitges, Barcelona for Euro 20 (about $27). It was very well spent money. When my lighting book comes out it will have soooo many different ways of lighting. More then any other lighting book on the market I think?

Here you have an image of the laser pointer, best money spent that day? 

Michal Tomaszewicz and myself enjoying our new toys :-)

Designer and Stylist Keith Bryce, maybe you seen him on Project Runway?

Great Norwegian Photographer Anna Tora in a different light.

PS. All green portraits shot on iPhone 4 on a balcony late at night.

PSS. Warning, be very careful about pointing lasers at peoples eyes, I try to move it fast back and forth and use smaller weaker multiple point, but maybe I should not be doing this?