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One thing all good photographers will tell you

Over the years I’ve spoken to a lot of great photographers.
And one thing that always stuck with me was that one line I always tell the attendees of my “travel and street photography” seminar was repeated over and over again.

“Always look behind you when walking or driving, there might be something awesome happening”

And this doesn’t just go for travel and street photography.
It also is great advice when working on location with a model. ALWAYS look around you for great photo opportunities. It happens a lot that you shoot something a certain way because the backdrop is gorgeous (for example a castle), but you don’t see the probably even better opportunities that a different angle gives you.

That’s why I always advise to first scout a location, take all the shots you want and feel you have to, and then visit again. I’m certain that the second time will be the better one, for the simple reason you’re not overwhelmed with the location but can really focus on making that killer shot.

So “ALWAYS look around you for other opportunities, they might be right in your mirror, or over your shoulder”

ANY light will do

Of course I love my strobes.
Of course I shoot most of my images with strobes, panels or other modified light (or of course natural light). But in essence you can shoot great images with almost anything that emits light, as long as you position the light correctly 🙂

In this blogpost some images I shot with just tungsten lightbulbs.
Like this?
Well you’re lucky… 🙂
We actually made a video on using alternative light sources (and it’s awesome) called “Mastering the modelshoot : Any light will do” and you can get it on www.frankdoorhof.com/videos

Now the whole trick is that you have to understand that you control your light quality by moving the light closer or further away from your model. The closer you get the light the faster the light fall off and in my opinion the more moody the light gets, when you move tungsten bulbs too far away the light quickly gets really ugly. But of course this is all personal.

By the way… in the video we do a lot more than just tungsten, it’s actually a total journey through understanding light and showing that you can shoot with any light.

Here you can find the trailer.



Vøringfossen waterfalls

Today we visited Vøringfossen waterfalls in Norway.
This was our “final” stop in Norway, and tomorrow we start our way back, now I have to be honest.. although the waterfall was very nice it was not the best one we actually saw, but we didn’t want to miss it.

Of course I took some images, including this special panoramic multishot.
I just love the way Photoshop stitches this together from the Sony 12-24. I shot it on 12mm and this really gives an almost bizar surreal look.

And here is a one shot.

Now these kind of views are often shot with wide angles….. but…. always also bring a longer lens, because with a really long lens you can get so much more interesting shots. The following two were shot with the Sony 70-400

Now in all honesty I also like the point before this point.
This was shot from the overview bridge on top of the mountain, but there is also a photopoint much lower, and it was swarming with tourists there, but in all honesty I didn’t like the view there (at all), and actually felt sorry we drove 2 hours for it. But I did like the views from some other angles (close to the parking spot actually).

Now you might wonder why I was a bit disappointed with these waterfalls…..
Well Norway is absolutely gorgeous and there are a lot of waterfalls, now this might be much higher, but for example this waterfall was just along the road and did impress me much more. But that can be personal.

And don’t forget the Latefossen ones on which I wrote this blogpost

So… this is todays update.
We are on a beautiful campsite again, and wish you a great night, and hope you guys love these travel blogs.

Tip : Add some lights

We all know we light our models or subjects with lights, right?
But sometimes it’s incredibly cool to also include a lightsource in the shot itself.
Take for example the image on top.
Now you have to remember that the strobes are pretty strong, so you need a light that actually emits a lot of light. In this case we used a Lumecube which gives a tremendous amount of light.

Always remember that the aperture is the setting for the strobe.
And remember that the shuttertime actually controls the ambient light vs the strobe. The slower the shutter speed… the more natural light. So in a case like this where you include a lumecube, just put the strobes as low as possible (use diffusers, feathering, whatever as long as the output goes down) and now use the shutterspeed to let the LumeCube get brighter.

If you shot some images including a LumeCube (or similar) feel free to show. Always love to see your work.