We explore the dark and moody blue hues of photographer and filmmaker Anders Lönnfeldt.
You’ve been in the industry from a very young age. What would you say are the most important things you’ve learned over the years?
I started my film studies in 2006 when I was 21 years old. At that time, I tried to figure out how I could work with real productions one day (like I do today). I thought that there’d be some secret formula, or something mysterious about it, but there isn’t anything special about it. You just need to learn the craftsmanship and when you do people will pay you to do it for them.
I’ve noticed that your work has a distinct faded, dark-blue look – especially when looking at the 12 most recent videos on your website. Please tell us more about creating a look that is uniquely yourself.
Well, the simple reason is that blue is my favourite colour and has always been so. So even without thinking about it, this became my look.
How do you educate and push yourself to take better, more creative videos?
I watch way too much Vimeo and YouTube where I get inspired by other filmmakers’ work. And I watch a lot of tutorials. And then I try out stuff all the time. I guess I’m a bit obsessed, but I really enjoy it! Haha…
What is the most difficult aspect of being a professional photographer/videographer?
That must be the amount of effort it takes. Even though I really enjoy what I do, it takes a lot of energy. Sometimes the shoots are long and hard, and the deadlines are stressful. But the older I get, the better I get with stress management, so it’s a lot easier than it was five years ago. Hopefully, it will get even easier.
Whose work has influenced you most?
There are so many, but one of the first cinematographers I really started to follow was Anthony Dod Mantle. He has shot films with Danny Boyle and Lars von Trier to name a few. Anthony’s visual style and way of working with smaller cameras has really inspired me.
What gear do you use when shooting film?
I mostly work with Canon as I really like its versatility, the look it provides and how easy it is to grade the footage. I recently got the Canon Cinema EOS C200 Camcorder, which is my favourite video camera so far. The RAW footage that it produces looks amazing! I’ve also worked a lot with RED, Sony and Arri Alexa (the first and the mini) but still prefer the Canon range.
When it comes to drones, I use the Phantom 4 Pro plus and although I really like flying it, the footage is hard to grade. Maybe I should consider investing in a drone that shoots RAW?
What settings do you use when shooting videos?
I actually don’t really think about this… whatever settings make the image look good. Well, one thing I tend to do is to shoot with a wide open lens. I most often shoot with f/2.8 or f/4. And instead of changing the aperture to set the right exposure, I’ll set the ISO.
In your experience, how long should a video be and how do you keep your viewer engaged?
I think it depends on the video and where the video is going to be seen. When it’s online (Vimeo, YouTube or Facebook), shorter videos work better.
Among the gadgets that you own, is there anything that you wish you hadn’t bought and why?
I once bought a shoulder rig that I’ve only used once. After that, I’ve not used any shoulder rigs again. I am quite a long guy, so I realised that shooting from my shoulder makes every shot “high angle” which looks weird.
If you could take a video of anything, anyone, anywhere… please share with us what it would be.
Haha… I think I will keep this as a secret. But I enjoy working with music and music videos. So working with artists is always super fun.