Kristoffer Paulsen is a professional photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. He primarily shoots lifestyle and food-based work, though they weren’t his first choice of subjects. One of his clients,, focuses on these two areas. Kristoffer nonchalantly said, “It turns out that I’m alright at it.”

I asked Kristoffer to tell me about his background. The rest of the article is from him. Thanks, Kristoffer!


Years ago, I started studying photography in school. I learned how to work with everything from 35mm B&W to 4″x5” color. At the time, high-quality digital photography gear was painfully expensive, but 35mm gear was affordable and popular. The time I spent shooting film shaped my approach to photography. I always keep the ideas of developing, film choice, and lab work in the back of my mind.

As much as I loved working with film, I reluctantly made the transition to digital over a decade past my first day in Photography 101. At first, I hated this new media. Files from the camera would always seem cold, lifeless, and uninspiring. Even though I worked as a professional photographer, I never really got what I wanted right out of the camera.

I tried Exposure per a friend’s recommendation. I was stunned. The software breathed life back into my work! Now, suddenly, I can make the boring RAW files look like what was in my head when I shot. Of course, it’s not quite the same, my eyes don’t burn from fixer and my monitor doesn’t smell like a soap bath.

It took me a long time to figure out what my ‘look’ is, but I can honestly say without Exposure I would not be able to create what I’m creating now.

I can’t count the times I’ve rescued duds from the trash bin with this software. This is because of what Exposure allows me to do. I use it on a wide range of photos–on everything that I shoot! It’s been an integral part of my workflow for years. Since version 3, I believe. I used to think this was cheating, but everyone always adds a little correction to negatives, isn’t this the same thing?

It was a pleasure to get to know Kristoffer for this article. Mingling with awesome photographers like him is one of the many perks of my job.

Below are a few examples of Kristoffer’s work. For more, check him out on Twitter, his blog, or his website. Thanks again, Kristoffer!

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