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.

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.

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.

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.

The Myth of the Unmanipulated Image

Not long ago, I read a complaint about all the "manipulation" of photographs that is being done these days. The man who was complaining expressed a preference for unmanipulated, original photographs. I've heard similar comments on many occasions.

Let's take a look at that unmanipulated, original image. 

One Photographer’s Strategy for Image Archiving (Part One of Two)

Every serious photographer has an archive of some form. Some of those archives become important libraries at the heart of our collective visual culture, holding significant imagery that historians utilize and the public enjoys. Others disappear into obscurity, and with them go potentially important images, never to be seen by the public. As photographers, we want our work to fall into the former category. Most photographers neglect image archiving to the point that most of their work will sadly end up in the latter category. 

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