Why Fake It When You Can Create It, with Frank Doorhof

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.

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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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Calibrating Your Light Meter (Duration 04:51)

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Lesson 2: Inverse Square Law (Duration 12:56)

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Lesson 3: Colored Backgrounds (Duration 02:58)

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Lesson 4: High Contrast Portraits (Duration 07:28)

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Lesson 5: Getting Correct Exposure (Duration 07:28)

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Lesson 6: Lens Choices (Duration 07:47)

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Lesson 7: Angles (Duration 06:44)

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Lesson 8: Accurate Colors (Duration 02:05)

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Lesson 9: More Lighting Ideas (Duration 07:13)

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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…

8 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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