Why Fake It When You Can Create It By Frank Doorhof

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Photographer Frank Doorhof is in the studio, showing viewers how to achieve the lighting results they want without having to adjust their images in post-production. Frank starts off by going over how to calibrate a light meter to get consistent, accurate results on every shot. He goes on to discuss how to calculate the fall off of light from the subject, how to create color tints in the background, how moving the light sources can result in dramatically different images, and how changing the camera angle affects the focus plane. Frank also has some tips on positioning the models and how to achieve accurate color results with a color checker. Photographers can take their studio photography to the next level with the help of this course.

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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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  1. Profile photo of Philip Pound Philip Pound

    Scott Kelby recommended this video tuition to me today at a seminar in London to learn how to use a light meter. He was right. It provides a great explanation of how to use a light meter

  2. Profile photo of Rulleri Rulleri

    Superb work. Great instructor!

  3. Profile photo of Jena Bridges Jena Bridges

    FINALLY someone that puts it so simply and makes TOTAL sense! Awesome! Thanks! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of abc300 abc300

    Mr. Doorhof gives a completely different and unique approach to lighting. The use of a light meter is interesting and makes sense. His use of contrast is fascinating and original. His portraits do not have an assembly line look about them like so many portraits have these days. His ability to make the viewer understand what he is doing is simple and extremely effective. I absolutely look forward to more classes from this gentleman. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of matthewhodges matthewhodges

    Awesome, awesome course. Great explanation of the value of the light meter. It’s a tool that doesn’t seem to get taught much but is a powerful time saving asset. This course just about has it all, composition, lighting, focus tips, color tips, exposure tips, you name it. Probably the fourth time I’ve watched this course and I’m still learning from it, brilliant. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of capsix capsix

    very enjoyable frank thank you
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  7. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    I’ll bet Frank aced his high school math and physics exams. He knows his stuff and he packed lots of good information in this course.
    I did have trouble understanding if he was saying 18 or 80 percent, but he also reminded me of my high school German teacher, who was very nice. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of keitronfountain keitronfountain

    After watching these courses I feel much more confident as a photographer. Thanks KelbyTraining! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of Ross Ross

    This was brilliant! I learned more from Frank in this course than I have learned in multi-day workshops. 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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