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How I Shot It: “MEMENTO” | Tuesdays With Lauri

By Lauri L. on January 1st 2013

In this weeks instalment of Tuesdays with Lauri, we are going to be taking a behind the scenes look at my latest photograph, titled Memento:

In the video below, we’ll go over the location scouting process, as well as talk a little bit about my vision and concept for the image. And to finish off, we’ll take a look at the lighting setup that I used during the photoshoot:

So. As you saw in the video, this photoshoot was organised on a very quick schedule, but I feel that at times it’s better just to go for it, and not to try and figure out every single detail before shooting. Sometimes it’s just best to go with the flow. :)

And for those you asking about the camera settings, here they are:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 50mm F/1.8
ISO: 500
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter: 1/160

As always, if you have any questions concerning the video and this article, just shoot me an email ( or leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to answer all of your questions. :)


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Lauri Laukkanen is one of the youngest established advertising photographers in Finland. At the ripe age of 21 he has already been working with some of the biggest commercial clients and his photos have been featured in the media, all around the world. Check out his portfolio here.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Basit Zargar

    Great Capture

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  2. Inavision

    Did you get permission to photograph in the building?

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  3. dreamingbinary

    Cool photo. Thanks for the video share. 

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  4. Laura Carrington Duckett

    Great photo, love the movement of the dress, the light and the expression on your model’s face. Definitely worth putting up with the cold temperatures to shoot it.

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  5. ARodders

    Love the flow of the dress – and can appreciate the time it took to get the movement just right.  Dedication from the model in -5C and I hope lots of hot coffee afterwards.

    Shows off your skill by using just the one flash and window backlight. 

    The flash’s light looks “hard” and also asking what the kit was and whether any modifier used?

    Look forward to seeing mire of your work.   

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  6. Clint

    Love this look. Can you describe what kind of lighting equipment you used?

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  7. Iris Hicks

    Your photo is fabulous. I’d love to know your settings. Happy New Year to you too.

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    • laurilaukkanen

      Thank you Iris! :D The settings looked like this:
      Camera: Canon 5D Mark IILens: Canon 50mm f/1.8ISO: 500Aperture: f/5.0Shutter: 1/160

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