Helena Bergström | ©Knut Koivisto
Each month we highlight a certain item in Profoto’s rich assortment of Light Shaping Tools. Last month we wrote about our brand new Umbrella XL. This time we will take a closer look at the HR Lantern.
Someone who frequently uses the HR Lantern is Swedish portrait photographer Knut Koivisto. A photographic magazine recently described Knut as the man who photographs ordinary people as if they were celebrities, and celebrities as if they were ordinary people. What the publication essentially meant was that Knut has a talent for revealing the unique and the innermost human aspects in each of his subjects.
“I like to keep it simple,” says Knut. “I’m not very fond of messing around with a lot of equipment or creating highly advanced lighting set ups. I’d rather remove than add.”
“I think it’s because I come from a film background. One thing you learn when working with movies is the importance of setting the lights so that the subject can move freely. If you have a complicated set up, you’re locking down the person. But if you keep it simple, they can move around, which makes them more relaxed, responsive and focused on the image you’re creating. Another reason is that I don’t like it when it feels as if there was a lot of work behind the image. I prefer it when it feels like a quick snapshot of a real person.” Read More