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How To Shoot It

Steampunk Inspired Photo Shoot | How You Shot It

By Guest Contributor on March 20th 2015

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Today’s post is from Antti Karppinen. Antti is Digital artist, photographer, retoucher from Finland. Antti is was named Portrait photographer of Finland for 2013 and is an internationally awarded commercial photographer. He belongs to a new generation of image artisans, who believe all things are possible and creates complex visual concepts and images with unlimited imagination.


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Steampunk is something that I’d been interested in for a long time, especially the visual aspect of it. Last year, I had a chance to take images of an amazing Welsh couple in the Maunsel House in Somerset. This Victorian mansion was the perfect setting for a Steampunk-inspired photo shoot.  The couple (Paul and Danielle) got married there a year earlier and wanted to shoot there again.

Read more about how I contacted the couple

We took many shots that day, but I will concentrate on the first image you see above, how it was shot and retouched.

How I Shot It

The location for this image was a big room downstairs in the Mansion. There were many details, paintings, statues and furniture. Big double glass doors flooded the room with natural light. I selected a spot for my model to stand next to the window so I could get a bit of rim light from the window. I also used a 90cm Octabox as my main light. Since there was also some really nice ambient light in the room coming from lamps, etc. I decided to drag the shutter a bit so I could get capture a little mood in the photos.

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Below are two made retouching videos from these images. In the first video, I show how I retouch the selected image. The second video is a sped up version of the retouch for those of you with shorter attention spans.

RAW File


Steampunk Retouch – Long Version

Steampunk Retouch – Short Verison

Gear List


For those of you interested in doing creative shoots such as this one, I encourage you to put yourself out there. This was another case where I reached out to complete strangers to make turn my vision into reality. Weird things might happen when you step out of your comfort zone. In this case, a really cool location, meeting really cool people and producing a few really nice images. Plus, I ended up with a good story to tell.

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  1. Trevor Good

    In March of 2013 I photographed an Entire Crew of Steampunks from the Airship Passepartout, docking in Dayton Ohio, I came away with a fantastic variety of images from formal portraits to full blown composites! The entire shoot culminated with a composite of the whole crew on a Platform with the Airship in the background. Steampunk definitely positions itself to be extremely interesting both visually and narratively.

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  2. Peter Hagström

    I’ll have to put Antti in the pile of awesome people… Love this!!

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  3. Brandon Dewey

    very well done!

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  4. Graham Curran

    Cool shots, I like them a lot.

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