Creative Light Uses in Studio Photography By Frank Doorhof

1 hr 23 min
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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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Frank shares some tips on directing your models for better lines and curves in their poses which will translate to better images
This lesson has tricks for optimizing the use of your Elinchrom Octa soft box
Frank shows different ways to configure a deep Octa soft box and how to account for the hot spot
Frank places his model between two strip lights and uses flags to block excess light
Frank places his model in front of a black background with hard light and uses a second strobe to open up the shadows
The ability to be creative with your lighting will allow you to shoot wherever you want
Use a white wall behind the subject to create interesting shadows in the images
Add some action to your photos with a wind machine and a fire cloth
Frank demonstrates the right and wrong ways to include the hands in your shot
These two lighting setups are very popular and provide a good base for getting started
Adjusting shutter speed to capture hot lights
Making small changes to your model gives your shots a unique look
Mark the floor of your studio so that your models know where to stand
Placing two lights behind plastic creates a very unique look for this shot
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Frank Doorhof

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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 advertising shoots, with a particular interest for artists and high fashion, however his main focus is teaching workshops throughout the world...


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  1. Profile photo of mdmedicgod mdmedicgod

    Another great course by Frank Doorhof! He’s a master of the dramatic photo.

  2. Profile photo of Wayne Wayne

    Thanks Frank very insightful and as always I learned so much! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of James Maddox James Maddox

    Great stuff! Loved it!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Thanks Frank, a great course !!!