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Photo Finds – Week of May 7, 2012

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Frank Doorhof

Frank Doorhof

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

This week’s Photo Finds comes to us from across the pond, and up into the northern stretches of Europe. Amsterdam-born photographer Frank Doorhof has been plying his trade there since the early 2000s, but lately, he’s been making waves on this side of the Atlantic as well.

Frank is a fashion and glamour photographer, and his work regularly draws attention for its bold and dramatic style. Equal parts technical perfectionist and creative, Frank is known for his almost fanatical advocacy of light meters (like the Sekonic L-758DR, which he uses) to help him get his lights right the first time around. Once he has that, he shifts focus to his models, secure in the knowledge that he doesn’t need to fiddle with his lights anymore.

"Marie," by Frank Doorhof

"Marie," by Frank Doorhof

His technical perfectionism shows. I’m pretty used to seeing photographers wash their subjects with gorgeous, soft light, and there’s plenty of that in Frank’s portfolio. But there are also a ton of images where the light is tight, punchy, throws hard shadows, and falls off fast. This is clearly not a photographer who hides from shadows; rather, he seems to craft them with great care.

"Yves Den Dooven," by Frank Doorhof

"Yves Den Dooven," by Frank Doorhof

Fortunately those of use looking to learn from him, Frank is pretty open about his work on his blog and on Google+. He’s also an instructor at the always awesome Kelby Training, and has five classes that are currently online, with more to come. He also has a separate DVD of a workshop he did in Boston recently.

"Nelson" by Frank Doorhof.

"Nelson" by Frank Doorhof.

Of late, Frank has also started to dive into the world of video, shooting with the Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III. He has also been shooting with the Fuji X-Pro1, and it looks like Fuji Netherlands is looking to talk to Frank about his experiences. We’re eager to see what comes out of that partnership; Fuji has gotten pretty good lately about working with photographers like Zack Arias (more on him in a future edition of Photo Finds).

Visit http://www.frankdoorhof.com for more info on Frank.

That’s it for this week’s Photo Finds. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

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Sohail Mamdani is a writer and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. You can find his portfolio on his website at sohail.me as well as on 500px and Flickr.

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