Mikko Lagerstedt is a self-taught fine art photographer from Kerava, Finland. He love capturing alluring night sky visuals, simplistic landscapes and fleeting moments through professional techniques.
In love with photography since 2008, Mikko creates visually and emotionally interesting photographs. Specialized on digital, long exposure and night photography his portfolio is very expressive, colourful and vibrant.
We had the privilege to discuss with Mikko about his projects, ambitions, photographic visions and take a deep look on his spectacular night sky photography.
I try to capture the feeling of a moment. ~Mikko Lagerstedt
Tell us some details about your photographic ambition and journey.
My first real encounter to my passion towards photography sparked when I was driving to my relatives cabin after one rainy day and when the sun was about to set. I saw this beautiful landscape filled with fog and sunlight, and at the moment I made a decision to start capture those wonderful sights. Somehow I knew this was the right medium for me. After years I think I have then created my own style in photography.
What is the process and techniques used for taking the night sky pictures and achieve such spectacular results?
The place should be remote and without light pollution, if you solely try to capture the stars. Go at the darkest time of the night and use settings like 30 seconds exposure with 14-16mm wide-angle lens for full frame camera, ISO between 1600-6400 and aperture f/2.8-4.0. Of course it’s also important to know your way in Lightroom or in Photoshop to enhance the details of the stars. Sometimes I blend two exposures together to create such depth that would be impossible with single frame.
What camera, filters, lens and accessories are a must for professional night photography?
Tripod and a camera with high ISO capability and wide-angle lens are the key things you need for this kind of work.
Where do you find imagination for your ideas and scenarios?
I try to find inspiration through different sources - movies, music, nature and a moment in time.
Who are your favourite photographers and what have you learned from them?
I enjoy many types of photographers. For example Brooke Shaden, from whom I have learned that you can be successful photographer doing what you love. I also enjoy the work of Joel Tjintjelaar and Marc Adamus.
There is anything else you would like to share with our audiences?
If you are an aspiring photographer: Keep on taking pictures, and after you find out what you like to photograph the most - be patient and keep on working on it!
Thank you for the opportunity and I hope you enjoy my work!