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Frank Doorhof
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Sometimes you just see something from the corner of your eye and you just HAVE to shoot it. And let’s be honest… when you see a caravan like this who could resist. This was actually the last set from this workshop day.  
Sometimes you just see something from the corner of your eye and you just HAVE to shoot it. And let's be honest... when you see a caravan like this who could resist. This was actually the last set ...
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Too bad you don't always have a model with you when you see something to shoot ;-)
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Finished packing the gear for our trip to SF and PSW. Gonna be exciting with two brand new products to test.

The DxO one and a new Sony camera :)
The sony I'll be testing with A mount glass and the amazing 28 and 50mm Leica R.

It's amazing what you can fit in our lowepro bags ;)
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hi there want to chat for us to get to know better and maybe can be good
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Tip :
Rules. Don't we all just love them.....
I strongly beloved in the rules that are "true" like the inverse square law, angle of incident is angle of reflection etc.

But when you read certain fora and books there are so many rules that are (in my opinion) just invented to the higher glory of the one who posted them....

Take for example that "you should never light from below". I don't know who thought of that rule because if we look in real life light is literally coming from everywhere including sometimes from below.

Now as soon as you think about light like that "it can come from any location" you will see it's very liberating for your photography ;)

Take for example this shot from nadine. She is holding a Ledgo panel aimed upwards and looking at it.

So be creative with your light and don't always follow the rules just play with them.

For more tips and way more in depth techniques get my book "mastering the model shoot" or surf to for instructional videos.

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Hey I love the way you shatter preconceived ideas of how things 'should' be approached and open up minds to creative experimentation. I've been guilty of religiously following how-to videos and lusting after gear since I started 6 months ago. Your B&H video really struck a chord – thanks!
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One of the many things you will hear during PSW next week. This one inspired me to push even further with my portraits.

"What's the difference between a photo and a portrait?.....
A photo is something you take, a portrait is a collaboration"

So much wisdom walking those halls and the cool thing..... We/The instructors will take the time to look at your work and answer your questions.

So honored to be part of this and I can't wait to teach. Make sure to check out my classes and demos at the expo. And feel free to ask questions of course. 
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You are very smart
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Congrats to the best mom in the world for her 65th birthday. 
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Happy Birthday, Frank's Mom. I wish you many many more!
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Decided to take the DxO one with me today during a morning bike ride, not the best of light, but I have to be honest the detail you can get back from these files is impressive.

I'll be taking it with me during the trip to SF and PSW so expect more interesting shots during that trip.

These are some of the sights I see during what we call the "Unesco bike route" I bike, it's a roughly 25km bike ride (shortest version) and has some very cool stops (when the light is right).

Processed in DxO Optics.
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+Frank Doorhof .Felicitaciones. me gsta mucho,su foto, la iluminacion es bella.....fatima Loria.
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What has been the major inspiration in the last six months for you?

Or what triggered your photography again to a new height?

For me I always have these periods where I love to shoot with old lenses on modern bodies. I especially love the look of my Leica r glass on the sony bodies. So when I shoot with those it always gets my creativity a bit more flowing.

I've also been testing some new gear recently and that also always triggers me. 
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Hard to say what has inspired me during the last six months in particular but, I think watching some old movies, as well as a recent incident have inspired me, although in an opposite way. Sort of.

I had a bit of an unfortunate photo shoot a few days ago where I was going to shoot two headshots in a row, and almost in the beginning of the gig my flash system failed on me. For some reason the main flash system refused to work, and I didn't bring enough continuous lights to replace it. I did struggle through the shoot with a backup speedlight but it was a nightmare. The results were passable, but not what I hoped. I may have to offer to shoot the talents again. I blame myself for the disaster of course but still,  I've been growing less and less enthusiastic about flash photography in general. 
That's not because I couldn't handle flashes, (I do have a flash meter and I use it, too), but because I'm just not too fond of it. Not my favourite cup of tea. I don't think even the pricey Broncolor set of my dreams would fix that feeling right now. It's not about the gear. I believe I may be a bit uninspired about regular stills and portrait photography in general. That may be just a passing phase but, since shooting portraits is neither my full time job nor my main passion, anyway, I have been thinking about not offering  photo shoots any longer, and instead concentrating totally on motion pictures from now on. Be it a commercial or personal project. 

I've been intending to upgrade my lighting gear soon-ish, anyway, so that incident, combined with some inspiring old movies have triggered the idea that instead of fixing or replacing the faulty flash system I'll probably go for continuous lights. I think I'll retire the dodgy old strobe set for good and only keep the light stands, and put some LED and halogen lights on them. 
There are some obvious downsides to that plan, but the upside would be that I could use the one and the same lighting set for both stills and video. Less gear to worry about. I already got one large and one small  high-CRI LED panel, along with some lower CRI ones but now I think I'll go full monty with continuous lights. Well, that's the current plan, anyway.

I may keep one or two speedlights in the closet, just in case, though, but as long as posed headshots and portraits are concerned, I think I'll find my inspiration in trying to replicate some old-school Hollywood-style  lighting with era-appropriate (well, maybe not literally;), different kind of 'flashy' lighting style. :)
Suppose that is one form of being inspired, isn't it. 

As for the legacy lenses, I find playing with those enjoyable, too. I find myself struggling not to buy all those seemingly "harmless" old goodies every now and then.
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If you visit my classes at PSW next week in Vegas make sure to bring your copy of my book "Mastering the model shoot" I'll be signing your copy after my classes (or in between, whenever you catch me).

If you don't already own my book........ you can buy it at the PeachPit booth on the EXPO floor.

CU in Vegas.
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WOW we recently passed another milestone on our Fb group "Mastering the model shoot" 

We are now at over 5200 members.
And the fun thing?
Everyday they share a collection of awesome and inspiring work.

I started this group for everyone that is inspired by my book "Mastering the model shoot" or visited one of my workshops and I could only dream it would become this big.

The fun thing is that they members don't only show and share work, but often also tips, discussions and much more....

Thanks so very much for all the people out there posting in this group.

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and more to come :-)
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On October 2/3 it’s time again for the one and only “Ultimate weekend workshop” This is without a doubt one of the most intense learning experiences you will get on model photography. Language : ENGLISH   In two full days you will learn everything you…
On October 2/3 it's time again for the one and only "Ultimate weekend workshop" This is without a doubt one of the most intense learning experiences you will get on model photography. Language : EN...
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Just watched this movie. Highly recommended.

Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning conflict Journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history.
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Fashion/celebrity photographer, best selling author and KelbyOne and PSW instructor based in the Netherlands
Fashion photographer, specialized in workshops.
KelbyOne and Photoshop world instructor.

Author of the bestseller "Mastering the modelshoot" and "the magic of the small flash (Dutch)"

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