A Conceptual Portrait Photographer’s Essentials

Antti Karppinen is a digital artist, commercial photographer, and retoucher from Finland. His creative visual concepts beg clients to go big with their imagination. Let’s have a look at what’s in his bag.


Fuji X-T2. I love the retro feel, EVF, autofocus speed, sharp lenses, video functionalities. It’s just perfect for my kind of work.


Fujinon 16-55 f2.8 is my all-around lens. I can do, basically, all my work with this lens. Usually I don’t need shallow depth of field, so this lens gives me great options to do variations during my shoot.


Elinchrom ELB400 flashes. I do lot of location photography, so I need to have good travel gear. These flashes have enough power and features to get me going in every kind of photoshoot. I usually use two separate generator units.


I use an old Kata Bag that can fit most of my stuff. On trips, I use an even older National Geographic shoulder bag, with that fitting retro look.


I use gels, so orange and blue (CTO / CTB) gels go wherever I go.

For a look at more of Antti’s work, visit his website.

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Dane Johnson is Editor of PHLEARN Magazine, where he helps creatives share their stories. As an amateur coffee connoisseur and inquisitive traveler, he accepts most assertions of his hipster-ness and millennialism without flinching.

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