Changing Contrast with Frank Doorhof and FlashBender 2 XL Pro

With the FlashBenders you can create some stunning patterns on the background or on the model, but they can also be used to soften your light considerably.

By bending the top part of the FlashBender you can make sure not all your light is aimed towards the ceiling and thus wasting a lot of power from your strobe. Due to the bend in the top you are actually redirecting almost all the light towards the model and thus saving batteries, recycle time etc.

When you use the FlashBender like this you will get a nice soft quality of light (but not too soft), but there is more. As you can see in the video I’m walking around the model, by moving around the model you are controlling the contrast in your scene, you can go from a nice flat lighting to a more contrasty look to a full contrast (low key) setup in seconds.







Shooting images like this are easier to control when you use a light meter, ETTL will constantly meter the scene wrong and your exposure will drift, when using a meter every image will have the correct exposure.


Final Image:



Camera Settings: 24mm-70mm Lens at 70mm, ISO 200, 1/125, f/4

Frank Doorhof
Frank Doorhof


Amsterdam-born Frank Doorhof is a noted international fashion and glamour photographer with a particular interest in fine art and fashion photography. As an inspirational and highly successful photographer, Frank’s teaching style is based on the concept, “Why fake it, when you can create it.” Taking this concept to heart, Frank dedicates himself to teaching workshops throughout the world.

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March 22, 2015

Anonymous – Brilliant deliberated and quite poislbsy in some cases unintentional captures and detections. Your mind sees and knows good art, graphics and most importantly humor.

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