Creative Light Uses in Studio Photography, with Frank Doorhof

Fashion photographer Frank Doorhof is back in the studio to teach viewers about creative lighting and share some tips for working with models in the studio.

In this course Frank offers advice on posing models and their hands, shooting with soft boxes, hard light vs. soft light, and much more. In later lessons, Frank introduces a wind machine to his shoot, along with fire cloth, water spray, and sheets of plastic. Follow along and get some fresh ideas on how to get creative with your studio lighting.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Posing Your Models (Duration 05:24)

Frank shares some tips on directing your models for better lines and curves in their poses which will translate to better images

Lesson 2: Making the Most of Your Soft Box (Duration 08:13)

This lesson has tricks for optimizing the use of your Elinchrom Octa soft box

Lesson 3: Maximize Your Deep Octa (Duration 08:36)

Frank shows different ways to configure a deep Octa soft box and how to account for the hot spot

Lesson 4: Two Strip Lights (Duration 05:09)

Frank places his model between two strip lights and uses flags to block excess light

Lesson 5: Hard Light (Duration 06:20)

Frank places his model in front of a black background with hard light and uses a second strobe to open up the shadows

Lesson 6: Walls, Music, and Flags (Duration 08:51)

The ability to be creative with your lighting will allow you to shoot wherever you want

Lesson 7: Casting Shadows (Duration 06:02)

Use a white wall behind the subject to create interesting shadows in the images

Lesson 8: Wind and Fire Cloth (Duration 07:49)

Add some action to your photos with a wind machine and a fire cloth

Lesson 9: Posing Hands (Duration 05:35)

Frank demonstrates the right and wrong ways to include the hands in your shot

Lesson 10: Rembrandt and Butterfly Lighting (Duration 03:27)

These two lighting setups are very popular and provide a good base for getting started

Lesson 11: Painting with Light (Duration 04:47)

Adjusting shutter speed to capture hot lights

Lesson 12: Wet Hair and Rain (Duration 05:53)

Making small changes to your model gives your shots a unique look

Lesson 13: Quick Tips (Duration 03:03)

Mark the floor of your studio so that your models know where to stand

Lesson 14: Plastic and the Great Escape (Duration 04:34)

Placing two lights behind plastic creates a very unique look for this shot

Meet Your Instructor: Frank Doorhof

While he may be a noted international fashion and glamour photographer, the Amsterdam-born Frank Doorhof admits that teaching has always been in his blood. While Doorhof still conducts magazine and…


  1. This was brilliant! A superb culmination to the series. Validated some things I knew, corrected things I thought I knew and delivered insight that only years of real world experience brings. Frank is a star!

  2. I simply love this guy, he's fun and he teaches you easily. One question I have though, I wish I had more info regarding that amazing large Elinchrom soft box, any chance I can get a link for that as I want to buy it please? Please post more classes for Frank!

  3. Frank is a very outstanding teacher. He has great pace but takes the care to explain everything he is doing and why he is doing it. In addition, he doesn't hesitate to provide small tips along the way.

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