Stefan Hellberg

Wedding | Last Updated: November 26, 2020

My name is Stefan Hellberg and I am a Swede living in Switzerland. I used to work as a business analyst, building reports and analyzing data for better profits. I am happy that is part of my past and today my life is occupied with traveling, weddings and spending more time with the people I love. While doing that I always bring a camera or more like three of them…

I started out shooting Nikon and just kept it that way. Today I shoot two Nikon D800 ’s fitted with a Nikon 35mm f/1.4, Nikon PC-E 45mm f/2.8, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and a Nikon 85mm f/1.4. I try to stick to prime lenses because of their light weight, outstanding picture quality and also because they make me work with my head and legs to create images.

When I shoot personal work or specific film assignments I bring out the big gun, the Contax 645. Great camera, mostly because of the unique look the Zeiss 80mm f/2 creates. I also use a Nikon FM2, a great camera for shooting in dodgy areas of cities when traveling. Doesn’t look expensive and you can almost hide it in the palm of your hand. Yep, I’ve got big hands. For metering exposure I use a Sekonic L-758, the built in spot metering really comes in handy when shooting portraits in BW. My preferred film stock is Kodak Tri-X, Kodak Portra 160, Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji 400H.

Next item on my purchase list is a flight ticket to anywhere. Travel usually generates better pictures than extra gear for me.

Thanks for having me on here. Great site!

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  1. Mike on October 30, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Hi Sefan,

    How often do you use your 45 t/s? Thanks!

  2. Jenn Manor on September 20, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Hey Stefan! How do you like the Sigma 50mm 1.4? I am in the process of switching from Canon to Nikon and was thinking about buying this version of the Sigma as opposed to the Art model. Amazing work! Thanks!

  3. Pontus on September 11, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Stefan! What kind of photoshop actions do you use?

    • Stefan Hellberg on October 8, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Non :) Lightroom 5 all the way. Usually VSCO presets with personal tweaks. Cheers!

  4. ori on July 20, 2014 at 2:49 am

    hii nepthelo!

    do you like to d800 AF and low light preformance?
    do you use to shoot full raw size in weddings?

    • ori on July 20, 2014 at 2:52 am

      hii stefan!

      do you like to d800 AF and low light preformance?
      do you use to shoot full raw size in weddings?
      i still shoot with two d700’s and looking for a good replacment(and dont want d4).

      • Stefan Hellberg on July 24, 2014 at 7:13 am

        Hi Ori,

        The d800 AF and grain is great in low light. It is suposed to be better than the d700 but I am not convinced. The D700 is still magic in my eyes, just missing that extra card slot…I shoot full RAW size, If I were you I would wait for the d810 to release, better AF and small RAW. Big step forward for the D800 serieas as a wedding camera.


  5. Stefan Hellberg on May 16, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Hey Napthelo!

    Not an issue for me. The files are demanding, but with a lot of RAM in your computer and Smart Previews in LR5 it works great. When the D700 was released some of the reviews stated the issue with the big file size. I guess the d800 was just a little bit before its time when it was released. Its file size today shouldn’t be an issues as long as your computer is up to date.


  6. Nepthelo Janiola on April 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Hey Stefan, how do you find the file sizes on the D800? Is it an issue when shooting so many photos as a wedding photographer?
    I’m also thinking of doing the same body upgrade.

  7. Stefan Hellberg on March 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Feel free to ask me any questions about my kit here in the comments.

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