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Glamour: Light of the Old Masters

by Frank Doorhof

Year: 2020, 92 mins
Code: FD-Glamour

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Frank Doorhof's Classical lighting workshops are always sold out. He gets a lot of questions about this lighting from students who cannot attend, which inspired him to make an instructional video about these successful lighting setups. He breaks it down so that It's really not that hard.  

Do you love the light in the paintings from the old masters like Rembrandt or Vermeer, Frans Hals or Jan Steen?  What about the B/W photographers in the 20th century, like Harcourt, George Hurrell, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ansel Adams?  Their stunning photos are still admired by a lot of people and photographers. Their work is still regularly shown in museums and exhibitions. 

In this video, Frank shows you how to shoot like the masters using modern techniques and gear. Including how to meter the light and what types of light and modifiers to use. He will explain camera settings and of course shows you the results and more examples of photos he already took in this genre. Sometimes with a lot of lights, but mostly with one or two. Additionally, he takes you outside, just using the sun and some cool lenses. 

In the end, there is a whole extended chapter where he also reveals a few of his secrets for special effects on a budget.

Topics covered are: 

  • How to work with Flags
  • Special effect lenses 
  • How to photograph with blinds 
  • Classic and vintage lenses 
  • Storytelling with light setting the mood 
  • Combining strobes with continuous light
  • Tips and tricks from the studio floor  

This is the video if you also want to control your lighting to make it do what you want.
Suitable for beginner to advanced levels (there's something valuable in there for everyone).


Frank Doorhof
International Fashion and Glamour Photographer

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 advertising shoots, with a particular interest for artists and high fashion, however his main focus is teaching workshops throughout the world. 

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