After reading Jose Villas book titled Fine art Wedding photography, I dusted of my fathers old Pentax Asahi Spotmatic, loaded it with Fujifilm Pro 400H. As described in Joses book, shooting  this film overexposed gives pastel like colours and beautiful skin tones.  I really like the result, maybe I should start to shoot film! Daydreaming about a medium format Contax 645 bundled with a Zeiss 80mm F2.Pentax Fuji 400H Pro

In this shoot I looked for a frame in the leaves and even light for her face. Suddenly she put the flower in her mouth and smiled. Click.

Beautiful sunset in Sörfjärden. This picture is one of my favourite summer images. The combination of  the little hand touching the grass and sun in the back. Noctilux

Color management is an often neglected or misunderstood topic but a very important one. Whenever you are editing images on your computer for printing, sending the images to a print house or for web use, you need to make sure that your color management between different devices are taken good care of. Specific colour profiles are needed for each device such as your screen or printer. By using a calibrated and profiled screen of good standard you are more likely to achieve results of highest quality. To start with, it is important to choose a screen that, after calibration, is able to display your images as accurate as possible. Most high end screens are capable of showing almost 100% of the colorspace adobe RGB. Examples of such screens are Eizo Coloredge series or Nec spectra view. An important characteristic of these high end screens are that they present an even illumination across the screen surface. Furthermore, on a good screen you should be able to see increments of the darkest values and also differences in the lightest values (se pictures below of blackpoint and whithepoint).


Use the below image with white background and squares with decreasing values of white,  to determine your screens white point. In other words, how good your screen is in differentiating between grey values close to white.


Next step is to profile your screen with a colorimeter that measures specific colours displayed by a program. A profile is created that corrects the presented colours. One state of the art colorimeter is made by a German company  called BasiCColor Discus. A common problem with cheap colorimeters is that the membrane gests old after a few years and then it starts to create strange color profiles. When you profile your screen you need to set the colortemperture and strength of illumination. What I usually do is that I match the illumination on my screen to an printed image under a specific viewing condition. The viewing condition that I aim for is a 5000 k daylight source. The screen illumination value that I usually end up with is around candela value of 90cd/m2.

One of my most used tool when I shoot portraits are the Lastolite TriGrip Reflectors.


The Lastolite TriGrip Reflectors are great for gently lifting the shadows in the subject faces when shooting their portrait. Usually my assistant is holding the reflector in such a way that the light beam is passing just infront of the person. I try to avoid direct light into the eyes since then it´s difficult to keep the eyes naturally open. Another great tool from Lastolite is their different kind of diffusors. A great example of their use is Thomas Ljungbergs portrait of the two sisters laying in the grass. He used a large diffusor Skylite Rapid 2×1 meter above the girls to create the smooth gentle light.


Me and Thomas had a wonderful time shooting the wedding of Ben and Katherine in New York north Manhattan in Fort Tryon Park and the Church of the God Shepherd.

Check out Thomas images from this New York wedding.

  • Hilmo - Were these photos taken with the Noctilux? Would love to see more Noctilux shots of yours. Are there any available for public viewing?

  • Paul - Your photos are great. Why did you stop showing them here?

  • Markus Dagnell - Hi Paul, I´m very happy to hear that you like my photos:) I´m doing a phD in redox signaling and I´m trying to finish so there´s a bit less time for photography these days.

  • Paul - Thank you for your answer! Do you still own the Noctilux? Would love to see some more photos of yours taken with that lens.

  • adam - No, he shot all these with a Canon.. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But I cae to this post thinking it was shot with a noct, and it didn’t look like the images were so I checked the exif info.. 85L 35L mainly.

    Nice shots nonetheless.

  • Markus Dagnell - Yes, you´re right, some are miss-labeled. I think 1,2,3 and 6 are shot with the noct if I remember it correctly.

Thomas Ljungberg and I shot the wedding of Jana and Jonas at Djursholms kapell and Villa Pauli in Stockholm. In the morning we joined Jana at Rabi Rabi, where the hairdresser (Bengt Arvidsson) and makupartist (Susanne Persson, Manasi Makeup) made a wonderful job, Jana looked stunning!

The final image was shoot with a 5DII ,24L and a 580II geled with full CTO filter.

  • Bryan Campbell - Incredible photos

  • Hilmo - The photos here are absolutely amazing. You must love your Noctilux, right?

  • Markus Dagnell - The Noctilux is indeed a spectacular lens, I have posted some more images over here:

  • Jonathan Taphouse - Beautiful photography… I’ll have to start saving up!!