Monday, April 18, 2011

Holland Day 2: Studio Shoot with Frank Doorhof

I spent most of today with Dutch fashion photographer Frank Doorhof.

I had a blast shooting side-by-side with this top pro in his studio, which is about one hour outside of Amsterdam. 

Frank arrange a great model, Stephanie Popping, and set up a light or two for some cools shots. Here are just a few of my photographs from the shoot.

After the shoot, I interviewed Frank for the DPE Podcast. Soon come. In the interview, Frank and I talked about the importance of shadows in a photograph. Some tips:
- Light illuminates, shadows define.
- Shadows add depth to a photograph - and drama.
- Shadows can be your friend.

I took all of the above pictures using just one light.

Before the shoot, Frank used the Passport ColorChecker to get an accurate white balance reading. 

More on the ColorChecker:

Rick: "Frank, I love your shot!" 
Frank: "Rick, I love your shot."
Stephanie: "Thumbs up to working with these pros."

Like me, Frank always shoots tethered in the studio. His camera is hooked up to three monitors in his "cockpit." The large monitor lets Frank, his assistant and the model see the shot; the monitor on the right is calibrated to show accurate color; and the monitor on the left (behind me) is used for zooming in on important details.

Thank you Frank for a fun-filled afternoon - and a wonderful dinner. I'll return your hospitality when you come to New York.

Explore the light,

P.S Speaking of Dutch masters, check out this post I did on "The Girl With a Pearl Earring."


Frank Doorhof said...

It was so much fun having you Guys over.
Whenever you visit the Netherlands just let me know ;)

Frank and Annewiek.

Rick Sammon said...

Hi Frank - I was going to say the Netherlands, but I wanted to keep the title all on one like!


They call me Mel said...

I'm looking forward to hearing your interview with Frank Doorhof. Very entertaining and informative and he also has a catchy, easy to remember motto: "why fake it when you can create it". His use of all things ordinary in the making of a high-fashion shoot sparks some serious creative juices! Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

Frank Doorhof said...

Both goes. Netherlands holland all the same.

Tom Baker said...

I'm jealous Rick what a fun time that must have been. Frank was such a good guy to learn from at PSW - and funnier than heck.
BTW the 3rd picture down is really outstanding. I love it.