Introducing BenQ…

A few months back I was approached by BenQ, who was asking if I wanted to have a look at their pro line monitors. I was surprised, caused I didn’t even know BenQ had a pro line display series aimed at image professionals.

A few days later UPS was at my door with the PG2401PT, BenQ’s first display aimed at color professionals. Let me say that as a photographer I’ve been a user of both Apple, NEC and (most currently) Eizo displays.
As a color expert, I have demeands beyond that of the average photographer/designer and as always when you test out new gear you have to reset and accept that new is “always” different. With that mindset I was good to go!

1449110468_full.jpeg The PG2401PT is as i already said a display targeted at image professionals and offers a whole bunch of features such as:

  • Printing-Industry Color Certified (G7/Fogra)
  • AH-IPS Panel
  • 10 bit signal acceptance
  • Hardware calibration
  • 99% Adobe RGB colorspace

I wrote a case study/review on the monitor so, if you’re interested feel free to download the PDF and give it a read!? BenQ PG2401PT review

After my time with the PG2401PT I was asked if I wanted to have a look at another pro-color display as well, and as impressed I was by the PG2401PT, of course I couldn’t say no.

Long story short; I’ve entered a longterm partnership with BenQ as one of their proud ambassadors.
This is a partnership I’m really excited about. BenQ is working hard to offer more options for the avid photo amateur, the professional and generally anyone who values quality in their color work.

I’m currently doing all of my professional work on another of their fantastic monitors, the SW2700PT. Expect to see a more extensive review of this new favorite of mine, in not too long!


As always, feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions!


Do you light differently when shooting for B/W images?

Dear friends, I’ve been lazy… 

Well, not really. I’ve been crazy busy which is the reason I haven’t gotten around to update my blog in quite some time. I thought I’d do a post about lighting today, and how I light my images if I’m shooting for BW’s.

I know most photographers don’t think too much about if their shooting for an color image or a black and white image, which in my opinion is quite sad, since I believe that the lighting has a huge impact on how your black and white images turn out! I tend to increase the natural contrast of my images when shooting for BW. I do this by choosing a small but soft light source putting it fairly close to my subjects. In this shoot I used a Profoto 1×1,3′ softbox set above the model,  at approx 1m in front of the extremely athletic model, named Alex. The images included in this post have not yet visited Photoshop, and are all a pure result of the light only.

I know a lot of fitness and BB images are shot with harder light sources(spot etc), but I like my shadows to be a bit softer, and as long as the contrast is high, muscle definition is well preserved as you clearly see in the shoots below. Another thing I sometimes do, is to make tiny holes in the velcro of the outer diffuser. This lets some light pass out and hit my subject as harder light beams/spots. With some practice you can get a quite interesting light this way. In the picture below you should be able to see maybe four of these “spots”… do you??

In this first shot you see the main light from above.

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In the three next ones I’ve added a rim light from the models right side, set to about 1/3 of a stop less than the main light.

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For these shots I had my 1Dx with my EF 50mm f/1.2L set to f/6,3 @ 1/200.

My main light was a Profoto Pro-8a with a Profoto 1×1,3′ Softbox. The rimligt was a Profoto D1 500ws with a Profoto 1×4′ striplight.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you put some extra thought into the lighting the next time your aiming for an black and white image with impact. As always feel free to ask any questions you must have!






BTS Undorn Atelier Shoot

Some time back we did a concept shoot for the Norwegian Designer Karina K. Titze of Undorn and Jeweler David-Andersen.  We had this uber cool location for a day,  just an hour outside of Oslo, Norway. I think it’s and old mill house, or something in that line. Anyways, we arrived to a freezing cold location and set up in this awesome room as you can see in the pictures. I we found a couple of electric heaters, which were able to raise the temperature to about 4 degrees celsius… After filling the whole area up with smoke and making sure the fire alarm went off 4-5 times, we finally started shooting our models, wearing beautiful dresses and jewelry worth more than $150 000.

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Lets smoke this place!!!

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Doesn’t look like it, but this place was freezing!!

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The Hero himself… ME!

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The team after an 12 hour workday.

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L’Oreal Academy shoot, how it was lit…

A few posts back I posted some behind the scenes photos from a shoot we did at the L’Oreal Academy, in Oslo. Here are two of the final images and some short info on how everything was lit.

The model was styled in the image of Birgitte Bardot, which was one of last years inspirations to the L’Oreal Collection. Below are two of the final images. Birgitte was a strong and independent woman, something we wanted to shine through in our images.

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The models view looked like this. Have you ever tried the Profoto XL umbrella? 

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We had some concerns about how the light spread would be on this location; low ceiling and shiny back wall. I couldn’t do anything about the ceiling, but decided to use the back wall to my advantage. The reflective surface gave me a free “spot” on the back wall. The vignetting is all natural and thanks to the large Profoto XL umbrella.

The main light was the Profoto white beautydish. I chose this rather than the silver one because of the 65° light spread compared to the 26° of the silver one. I knew I had to put the light fairly close to our model and needed as much spread as possible(without lighting up the whole room). The beautydish had an energy output of f/4,5 and lit up the face and upper body. The Profoto XL umbrella worked as a fill light and was set to f/4, just half a stop under the the main light, softening out shadows and evening out the light.

From behind the model, two Profoto 1×1,3′ softboxes creates an even and soft rimlight. These strobes were set to f/6,3. 1/3 of a stop brighter than the exposure. The right-hand side softbox was pointed slightly upwards, and lef-thand side slightly downwards. 

All light sources used on this shoot was powered by Profoto D1 500ws Air‘s.

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Thanks for reading.



Steady, steady I say! (With Induro)

Every time Im outdoor and need my tripod is’s back in my studio. And it seems like every time I’m in my studio and need my tripod it’s in my car… Ironic!

Well, I decided to get another one so this wouldn’t be a problem any more. But ironically, as I’m writing this (in my home)both my tripods are back in my studio. I’ve owned many tripods over the years, but about 2 years ago I got an Induro A 313 M6. A steady and durable tripod made of aluminium alloy. I put a Foba Mini-superball head on it with a Hasselblad quick coupling, and have been happy with this ever since i got it. The only problem though is that you can’t mount any other camera to it other than my Hasselblad. This was actually the main reason for getting a new tripod, even though there was a lot of truth to the opening line.

I decided to get an Induro Carbon CT313, from their Carbon 8X CT series. 

This wonderful tripod weighs in at only 2.2kg or 4.9lbs. It can handle a maximum load of 18kg has a max height of 185,8 cm and is only 71,5cm long when completely folded. You can also get the CT314 which with it’s 4 leg sections only measures 61,5cm folded. Stability is my main concern so I chose the CT313 with its 3 leg sections.

I needed a head too, and my first thought was to get another Foba head, but while shopping I saw the Induro BHL2 ballhead for the first time. I caught my eye straight away with its compact design and it’s matt luxury looking finish. It can handle a maximum load of 30kg (!!), weighs only  0.5kg and is half the size of my current Foba head. It comes with a Dovetail Quick Release Plate(Arca-Swiss Style Compatible).

Ive had this new tripod and ballhead for just over a month now, and one thing is for sure, Induro rocks! In fact so much I’m thinking of replacing my Foba head with another Induro BHL2 ballhead!

I’ve added a few pictures and some comments (Also let me apologize for the lazy lighting and image quality): My old and new buddy, side by side.

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The Induro BHL2 is compact and the head lock knobs are small and not sticking out getting in your way. I was a bit sceptical that maybe you wouldn’t get enough torque, but that’s not a problem since you only need so little to lock the head in it’s place. More about this later.

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The quick release; which took me 25min to release the first time. And a mere 1 second once I could figure out how it worked. (yes I felt like a dork, and no I’m not gonna tell you how its done 😛 )Jon Rune Trengereid

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The quick release plate needs a coin or a an allen key to securely lock onto the camera. I wish they had a solution like Manfrotto where there is a “turn knob”Jon Rune TrengereidJon Rune Trengereid

The “neck” fully extended. Don’t think I have ever photographed with it that way, don’t thing I ever will either…

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Extend the legs with only half-a-turn.

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It’s easy to change the angle of the legs from the standard 24° to 80° degrees. Just pull out the lock and change the angle(locks into 3 different stages).Jon Rune Trengereid

Mounted with a Hasselblad H4D and a HC 35-90mm. A pretty heavy combination.Jon Rune Trengereid

I only had to use two fingers to tighten the head lock knob enough so substain the weight of the camera possisioned like this. (With my Foba head I would have had to add a lot more force. A lot more!!!)

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The tripod comes with this handy deluxe carry case.Jon Rune Trengereid

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And spikes for that cold icy day you find yourself on the north pole(or in Norway).Jon Rune Trengereid

My humble conclusion is that this tripod and the ballhead is well worth the money. That said, I really don’t think it was that expensive at all. The BHL2 ballhead was almost half of that of the Foba head. The Tripod is noticeable stiffer than that of my old aluminium one. Something that’s good for… well, absolutely everything!

Induro is imported by Bresson in Norway and if you live in the US, B&H Photo would be a good choice to get yours!

As always, if you have any questions or remarks, please leave a comment!