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


Frank Doorhof grew up in a family of enthusiastic analogue amateur photo/videographers. His teaching career rocketed when Frank joined KelbyONE. His classes about model photography are a big success online and he is an instructor in every PhotoshopWorld. In 2013 he published the book “Mastering the model shoot”, a bestseller and ...

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    Congratulations: didactic, innovative, just fantastic. Thank you

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    Love Frank and his style. Lots of stuff to go back to and refresh yourself with. Yes, post my feedback

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    Interesting course, it inspired me! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Eric Leszkowicz Eric Leszkowicz

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Frank and Corbell, the very best of KT. more please —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Ross Ross

    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!

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    Very excellent. Great teaching tool and great teacher!

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    Fantastic! Lots of fun and very usable stuff!

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