Video Blog – Competition Winner Shares His Netherlands Experience with Coloratti Frank Doorhof
by Dave Mobbs – May 12th, 2017
Experiencing a five-day photography workshop with renowned Dutch fashion photographer, X-Rite Coloratti and author of Mastering the Model Shoot, Frank Doorhof is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’, one that Mark Wareing from the UK won in our recent competition. It was an all-expenses paid trip to Doorhof’s Emmeloord studio, which he runs with his wife Annewiek, and keen amateur photographer Mark had an opportunity to go through his portfolio, a behind the scenes look into how a successful photography business is run and learn about all aspects of a model shoot both in studio and on location. He also learned some tips about getting the most out of models, using backgrounds of different textures and color, software and backup solutions.
Day 1 was all about getting to know each other and giving Frank a chance to familiarize himself with Marks skill level and interests. Frank explains, “Mark had no experience with flash but wanted to learn more about model photography and the use of flash on location and in the studio and much more of course.”
For Mark, it was a rare opportunity to have his work looked at with an expert and critical eye. He comments, “The outcome of the portfolio was better than I expected but one observation was that a number of my images had a different light cast to the skin tone. This is where the X-Rite ColorChecker would have come in handy!”
At the end of a long day, plans were made for the following four days.
A studio shoot with a model, three different costume changes and different light setups was the focus for Day 2. Frank went over the basics, then gave Mark the opportunity to turn theory into practice, shooting portraits using a range of basic and more advanced lighting setups.
“Frank guides you to look at the different ways to light a shoot not just the model but the scene as well, this then helps you to enhance the shoot as well. Once the lighting was setup and checked with a light meter – this is where we used the X-Rite ColorChecker to ensure that we get the correct skin tones and colors during the processing,” says Mark.
Between sessions they filtered through the images, editing in Capture One and Photoshop, and using the Alien Skin Exposure X2 application. The X-Rite Color Checker was key to setting the correct white balance to all the images.
A visit to Frank’s local camera store and a fish supper at the harbor in Urk rounded off the day.
Day 3 was back in Frank’s Emmeloord studio, where Mark focused on the storytelling aspect of photography, more extreme lighting, coaching the model for expression and the use of smoke and gels, and even a small part compositing. As he says, “a very complete day.”
Mark had the opportunity to do a composite shoot, getting the image in the studio then placing it into a jungle background. The key here was to ensure the set and lights were correct for any movement from the model. The next session had an Ice Queen theme, requiring continuous lighting using the ICE LIGHT and Lume cube to get the right effect. As Mark explains, “Here ISO control was needed along with the aperture and speed settings, not like using studio strobe lighting, even a small movement from the model or from the lights can give a different cast of light.”
Studio styling with a range of costumes and LED lights within the accessories was Mark’s task for Day 4. A visit to the former island of Schokland – now a UNESCO Heritage site – took up the afternoon where there was an opportunity for the outdoor shoot with a mixture of ambient light and strobe.
“This is where the X-Rite ColorChecker came into its own, with all the different light reflections from the set along with a side light with a blue filter and a hair light,” says Mark.
Day 5, Mark’s last day in the Netherlands, gave him a unique insight into street photography – another of Frank’s specialities – in Amsterdam. The weather cooperated to make for a great final day. Frank says, “This is a very nice area for street photography due to the beautiful bridges, canals and “funky” people. The weather was sunny again which meant there where a lot of people outside.”
Summing up his time with Frank, Mark says, “Over the time of the workshop there was a lot to take on board, but with the excellent way Frank educated me on the aspects of being a photographer – not just using a camera but the whole aspect of being a photographer – without realising it I had gone from a person who likes to take photos to a person who is on his way of becoming a photographer.”
Check out some of stunning images that Mark captured during his time with Frank!
Big thanks from X-Rite to Frank and Annewiek Doorhof for working with us to make this happen!
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