Let me start of by introducing myself.
My name is Frank Doorhof, and Iâ€™m based in the Netherlands where I run a photostudio together with my wife Annewiek. We shoot mainly fashion, artists, celebrities and some family work.
Where most people will probably know me from is the workshops and the videos you can find on Kelby Training. You probably already read a lot from me about why you should use a light meter, calibrate your monitor and use a color checkerâ€¦. So when Iâ€™m asked for a guest post on Scottâ€™s blog I decided to do it a bit differently this time.
One of the things I always hear during the workshops I teach can be boiled down to two main topics:
Creativity and getting your name known.
Letâ€™s look at these two for todays guestblog.
When I do portfolio reviews I see a lot of nice work, but very often I see work that I think could be improved A LOT by adding some simple things in the image. In other words, the light is great, the posing of the model is okay, the location is great butâ€¦ Well, letâ€™s start at the beginning.
We all know how we started out right?
A model with jeans and a tanktop. Now this is great as an outfit for outside, donâ€™t get me wrong. I love jeans and a tanktop (although you will never see me wearing them :D) However when we do a photo shoot itâ€™s often much more interesting to add something extra to the image and this is were the problems startâ€¦. Styling costs money right?
Well yes and no.
What a lot of photographers forget is that you donâ€™t really need a stylist per se. A stylist is a great addition to your shoot, but there is a lot you can do yourself just by being â€œcreative.â€ Most of all, learn to see possibilities with materials and props you would normally probably not see fit for photoshoots.
I can write a lot of text, but letâ€™s look at some examples and you can see how material that actually did not cost anything (or very little) can make some really interesting images.
The material in this first image is actually bubble plastic. A lot of companies have big rolls of this in the packing department, and with a bit of creativity, the model has a new dress. When lighting this material it gives an awesome look due to the structure of the bubbles and the slight reflective look.
The next image did raise some eyebrows when people heard during a seminar what the material was for these dresses… Believe it or not, but itâ€™s all Christmas wrapping paper that was left from Christmas, so in fact it got a second life.
But you can also use props.
In the following shot I used an old window that I bought for less than $20 in a junk yard. The dress the model wears looks like a wedding dress with a twist, but itâ€™s not a dress at all. The whole dress is made out of curtains (yeah the stuff that hangs in front of windows).
That same dress can be made into something really special…