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Frank Doorhof: Why Fake it When You Can Create It?

Frank Doorhof is an well known photographer, instructor and blogger from Europe. He has built up his portfolio of work and has developed into a major professional. Frank has also recently been added to the Kelby Training lineup.

Frank took a bit of time to talk to us about how he grew as a photographer, and about some of the inspiration and lighting behind his fashion photography.

A Fisheye for the Frugal

Recently, we posted the Rokinon 8mm F/3.5 on our Facebook page and you excitedly demanded samples. You asked for it, and you've got it! These images were shot on the Canon 40D while having some quick hands on time with the lens.

We're curious to know your thoughts on the samples, so feel free to let us know in the comments below.



Holding Your Point-and-Shoot for Less Blurry Images

One of the reasons people get blurry images with their point-and-shoot camera is because of camera shake. This happens when the camera isn't held very steady, causing trailing in the image. Granted, there are other reasons—such as misfocusing—but browse through the images of many of your friends on Facebook and you'll see that lots of them are blurry due to camera shake. Here are a few pointers that we would like to share with you.

Double Takes

Separated at Birth was a popular column in the 1980s magazine, Spy, which paired photos of celebrities in uncanny ways. But people’s faces have no monopoly on similitude. A product may also bear a striking resemblance to something entirely unrelated. As you browse through the hundreds of thousands of items offered by B&H, it’s easy to imagine what might have motivated a particular product designer. Here are some suggestions, with the actual product on the left and its possible inspiration on the right.

Who Knew? Wolverine Portable Document Scanner

Have you ever needed to scan documents in a hurry? I know that my mother has had to—she's a real estate broker. Many people may know that B&H sells scanners—we are a camera store, after all! However, the Wolverine PASS Hand Scanner is a specialized portable, battery powered scanner that's ideal for scanning on the fly. Recipes, photos, flyers, contracts, etc. can all be scanned and saved in B/W or color, at 300 or 600 DPI. This item runs on two AA batteries, and can connect to your Mac or PC for transfer of your files. Because it is so portable, it can accompany you in your bag or briefcase when you're on the go. This is a convenient option that road warriors may want to consider.

Who Knew is an ongoing weekly series featuring some of the items that you wouldn't typically find in your average camera store. But then again, we're not your typical camera store.

8 Ways to Prank a Photographer

Everyone loves a good joke and sometimes there isn't a reason to be so serious. There are great ways to prank photographers that are creative yet simple to pull off. Here are a couple of pranks that you can play. In the comments below, let us know what type of shenanigans you would pull.

Photo by Araakii from the B&H Photo Flickr Group

Disclaimer: we don't recommend doing this unless you know for a fact that the photographer has a sense of humor.

How to Optimize Your Images for Web Search and Blogging

Besides Moshe Zusman's tips for online marketing, you should consider other ways to ensure that you—and others—will be able to track your photos online. At the same time, you must pay heed to copyrighting your photos. It's not all about watermarking either. Here are some tips on how I do it in Lightroom 3.



The Importance of Photographing Hands

Our hands are important to us. Imagine what you would do if you lost one. Your entire life would be entirely different. As in real life, hands are important in your images too.


How to Rescue an Underexposed Image in Lightroom 3

The other day, while on a coffee break with two co-workers, I decided to bring along my Canon 5D Mk II and snap photos along the way. The photo on the left was snapped after I rushed in front of the two women seen in the image. However, it was actually terribly underexposed. Here's how I fixed it in Lightroom 3 to look more balanced, and give it a gorgeous look with muted tones.

B&H Photo Featured Flickr Photos 2/11/2011

Are your photos featured this week? Read more to see this week's selection from our B&H Photo Flickr Group. If you haven't joined already, what are you waiting for? Also note that our contest ends on until February 14th Just show us your best, "Cold" photos. Please remember that the photos need to be submitted to the group with the "B&H-Photo-Cold-Contest" tag and NOT to the discussion board.

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