The Art of Dance Photography By Frank Doorhof

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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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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.
Continuous communication between you and your model is critical to the success of your shoot.
Using a light meter takes the guess work out of your exposure.
Building on the work from the previous lessons, Frank adds in a strobe for controlled lighting.
Light modifiers like a grid spot can help you control your light and get more creative.
Changing things up with a cross light setup opens new doors to creativity.
Adding new elements to your lighting setup and scene allows you to create more unique images.
Incorporating a sense of movement in your shots adds life to your images.
Photos can look more dramatic through the addition of another light as well as new props.
Building on the lighting setup from the previous lesson, Frank takes the image to new heights.
Many of these same techniques work just as well with male models as they do with the female dancers.
With the shooting done Frank sits down with his photos and Photoshop to go through his workflow.
Starting in Camera Raw, Frank moves to Photoshop for some clean up work before heading into Nik filters to create a really unique look.
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.
Developing your photos is also your opportunity to emphasize your own unique style that helps you stand out from the crowd.
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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 David Taylor David Taylor

    Where is the male dancer you talk about?

  2. Profile photo of novascotiaskier novascotiaskier

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of TLV TLV

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Claude King Claude King

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of mbelgal mbelgal

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of Jose Parcerisa Vilatarsana Jose Parcerisa Vilatarsana

    Frank your teaching is excellent, very patient and original with your beautiful shots.
    Congratulations. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of huntdog82 huntdog82

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of Mike Tadlock Mike Tadlock

    I really liked the course.

    What smoke machine do you use?

    Thanks for all your work!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of snuffy snuffy

    Excellent tutorial Frank, you might have outdone yourself this time!
    Thanks for all of your training & help. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of pedrojschmitt pedrojschmitt

    Great class, Frank! I always try to put in pratice your tips during and after to see your sessions. By the way, the flour ballerina rocks! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Frank, together with Joe McNally you are one of my favorite instructors! Great work with lighting and nice creative ideas. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of Seve Seve

    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 —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of scozz scozz

    Thank You for sharing your great skill and creativity. Cheers —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of wmmc01 wmmc01

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of Tony Mangerie Tony Mangerie

    This is an amazing class and I like Frank’s ability to walk us through the shot layout, execution, and then photoshop. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of jawsh3539 jawsh3539

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of AussieInLondonUK AussieInLondonUK

    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 —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of hoetomo hoetomo

    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.


    Hari Oetomo —- Yes, please post my feedback

  19. Profile photo of Carlos Eduardo dos Santos Carlos Eduardo dos Santos

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  20. Profile photo of Carlos Eduardo Carlos Eduardo

    AWESOME!!! this is another level of photograhpy!!
    Thanks Frank and Thanks KT —- Yes, please post my feedback

  21. Profile photo of Brian Adams Brian Adams

    WOW!!!!! absolutely AWESOME! So creative. Thanks. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  22. Profile photo of kelbytrainwdb kelbytrainwdb

    Hello Frank, That was so informative I very much enjoyed your whole presentation.

    Bedankt Walter —- Yes, please post my feedback

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