The Art of Dance Photography, with Frank Doorhof

In this class, Frank uses amazing dancers as models to teach you everything from the technical aspects of how to use a light meter to the artistic aspects of creating interesting images with unique looks that make the most of your locations.

With Frank Doorhof, international fashion and glamour photographer, it is all about being creative and getting the shot. In this class, Frank uses amazing dancers as models to teach you everything from the technical aspects of how to use a light meter to the artistic aspects of creating interesting images with unique looks that make the most of your locations. Frank starts on location in two different settings then brings you back to the desktop to share some of his favorite post-processing techniques while working on the photos he’s just created.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Arranging Locations and Models (Duration 16:16)

Whether you are working alone or with a producer, there's a lot of work that goes into arranging the location and models for your shoot.

Lesson 2: Coaching Your Model (Duration 04:49)

Continuous communication between you and your model is critical to the success of your shoot.

Lesson 3: The Importance of a Light Meter (Duration 06:44)

Using a light meter takes the guess work out of your exposure.

Lesson 4: Adding a Strobe (Duration 07:02)

Building on the work from the previous lessons, Frank adds in a strobe for controlled lighting.

Lesson 5: Modifying Light with a Grid (Duration 04:36)

Light modifiers like a grid spot can help you control your light and get more creative.

Lesson 6: Cross Lights (Duration 08:34)

Changing things up with a cross light setup opens new doors to creativity.

Lesson 7: Backlit with Color (Duration 10:40)

Adding new elements to your lighting setup and scene allows you to create more unique images.

Lesson 8: Stopping Motion (Duration 14:12)

Incorporating a sense of movement in your shots adds life to your images.

Lesson 9: Adding Drama (Duration 06:38)

Photos can look more dramatic through the addition of another light as well as new props.

Lesson 10: Up Another Notch (Duration 11:06)

Building on the lighting setup from the previous lesson, Frank takes the image to new heights.

Lesson 11: Switching to a Male Model (Duration 10:08)

Many of these same techniques work just as well with male models as they do with the female dancers.

Lesson 12: Working in Photoshop (Duration 16:02)

With the shooting done Frank sits down with his photos and Photoshop to go through his workflow.

Lesson 13: Getting a Really Different Look (Duration 13:31)

Starting in Camera Raw, Frank moves to Photoshop for some clean up work before heading into Nik filters to create a really unique look.

Lesson 14: Blood on the Shoes (Duration 10:15)

When you have a vision in mind before you shoot, you can work to realize that vision while you are shooting and then bring it all together in post-processing.

Lesson 15: Make it a Little More Artistic (Duration 08:24)

Developing your photos is also your opportunity to emphasize your own unique style that helps you stand out from the crowd.

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. That's an amazing class, by far the best class given by Frank (and I watched all of them). The way he presents and explains it makes it easy even for beginners to understand. The lighting setups look great and the techniques used are varied which broadens the students view. I certainly had a lot of fun watching it and learned a lot from it, too. Some of the high lights are: the work with dancers and flour which made for a very cool effect, as well as the effect using smoke to give atmosphere to the ballerina setup. Beautiful images, wonderful class! It's clear that you guys put a lot of work into it and it certainly paid off.

  2. Hi! It is a great lesson! Just a thought, How about you give us a diagram of how the all lights are set in each lesson and how close/far they are from the subject. Thanks, Hari Oetomo

  3. This is the first course I have to say disappointed me. The tutor did not seem to grasp the basics of a dancer at all. As an ex Professional dancer in many shows of the Paris style I can say that both lighting and the competence of posing was less than impressive. Oh well, there had to be ONE course that did not come up to scratch. LOL Mark

  4. I may be bias, but I freaking love all of Frank's videos. This one certainly did not let me down. Frank is a fantastic instructor. In addition his articles in Light It Magazine are excellent.

  5. Really incredible class. I have seen a number of Frank Doorhof's videos, and I am thrilled that he did one on Dance! He is an excellent instructor.

  6. Thanks for this very interesting course. I really appreciate the way Frank and his team build up from the preparations before a shoot until the moment just before pushing the print button in a very clear and understandable way! This gives me the opportunity to learn about the whole cyclus ad just try it myself to learn and improve my own skills. Cheers Stefan

  7. I love this guy! He certainly takes his time and is super thorough in his instruction. He is certainly one of my favorite instructors. Also I really appreciate the fact that he shoots in Medium Format and explains the similarities and differences between his equipment choices. That really helps me as a budding photographer.

  8. Totally awesome. Very clear, very creative and complete. Would also like to see a written summary at the end with the equipment that was used.

  9. Excellent class. Frank reveals many useful tips for enhancing a photo shoot. The tips are reasonably simple to implement yet lead to very powerful and unique results. I highly recommend this class to anyone looking to add creativity to their photo shoots.

  10. Hi Frank, firstly thank you for this. It is always great to see how your work and techniques are always evolving and advancing. I learned a great deal from this series and it has motivated me to get shooting again in a more creative fashion. Having had the pleasure of a 2 day one on one workshop with you a couple of years ago it was interesting to compare with internet learning. My conclusion is that for me, I felt like I was back listening to you in studio and I managed to grasp everything you did and said, maybe as I could advance at my own pace---there was less time pressure.

  11. As always, top notch! I would second the idea of sitting when shooting. I am a very fit person and have done several marathons, but nothing is as hard on the back and the knees as shooting when crouching or kneeling! Folks, save your body! Follow Frank's suggestion!

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