Todd Vorenkamp

2 weeks ago
Canon versus Nikon. Full frame versus APS-C versus Micro Four Thirds. Sony versus Everyone Else. Original Equipment Manufacturer versus Third Party. We all know the world of photography generates a lot of endless debates that circle the Web. Another source of passions and opinions is: The Watermark. Watermarks How do photographers sign their art? Painters usually paint their signature, initials...
3 weeks ago
In a sense, every act of creating a photograph is an act of framing. We frame a scene with our camera and capture it with a photograph. The camera and lens determine the field of view and, through aiming, zooming, and positioning, we decide what to include or exclude from that field of view. There are several places where the word “framing” appears in photography, from the act of framing an image...
1 month ago
Today’s cameras can do almost everything automatically. The one thing they cannot do is tell you where to stand and where to point the lens and when to take the photograph. These are the sole responsibilities of the photographer, and it is the photographer who determines the viewpoint and perspective of the image he or she chooses to create. Photographs © Todd Vorenkamp Viewpoint viewpoint  1 a...
1 month ago
The job of a photographic lens is to capture light and bend it toward the film or digital sensor. The refraction of light exerts a variety of side effects on the image projected onto the film or digital sensor. Your understanding of how this bending can affect the image may factor into how you compose your images. Anomalies and Lens Distortion Glass, crystal, liquid, or plastic lenses made for...
1 month ago
The old expression is that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. The Wacom tablet experience might not be a brand new trick, but teaching it to an old, dyed-in-the-wool photographer can be a challenge. The pen-and-tablet Wacom system’s learning curve stems from its complete departure from the tool with which most of us were taught to interact with our computers—the mouse. Welcome to Wacom If...
1 month ago
Photographing the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, is one phenomenon that is on the bucket list of many night and landscape photographers around the world. If you are lucky enough to live in areas where the auroras are consistently active, you have likely gotten to enjoy the light show in the skies night after night. Most of us, however, have to trek to find the lights. The Aurora Australis,...
1 month ago
Ralph Lee Hopkins, founder and director of the Expedition Photography program for Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic, is a formally trained geologist and nature photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has written several books on the American Southwest, been featured in countless magazines, and teaches at photography workshops around the world for National Geographic, Santa Fe...
1 month ago
On August 25, 2016, America will celebrate the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s signing of the Organic Act that started the National Park Service. Yellowstone became the first national park in 1872, but a centralized administrator did not oversee the park system until 1916. Therefore, this year marks a thrilling centennial celebration of the National Park Service and our National...
2 months ago
For the viewer, an unbalanced photograph can feel, well… unbalanced. If leaving your viewers unbalanced is the goal behind your photograph then, by all means, keep your images unbalanced. There are certainly times when you’ll want to do this or when it cannot be avoided. However, if your goal is to create a pleasing and calming composition, you will need to achieve balance in the photograph....
2 months ago
When we look at a photograph, our eyes are drawn along a visual journey through the scene before us. The route of that visual journey usually follows the path of lines throughout the image—real or implied. Lines not only dictate movement through the frame, they can also bring balance to an image. Leading Lines Lines are one of the fundamental elements of any photograph along with light, shadow,...
2 months ago
For many, the photographic experience ends with the print instead of the computer screen. Digital printing is constantly evolving, with technology being infused into printers, ink, and paper. We put the latest from Moab, the Juniper Baryta Rag 305 paper, through its paces to see how...
2 months ago
Composition noun com·po·si·tion \ˌkäm-pə-ˈzi-shən\ : the way in which something is put together or arranged : the combination of parts or elements that make up something Welcome to the wonderful world of photographic composition! In its most general terms, photographic composition is the art of composing an image through framing. And there exists the problem. How is it that one thing that almost...
2 months ago
Are you interested in stepping into the wide and wonderful world of photography? Well, you’ve certainly come to the right place! This short checklist of a dozen items is designed to get you started and headed in the right direction! 1. Interest  The first thing you need is an interest in photography. If you are reading these words, you likely already checked that box. If you are debating whether...
3 months ago
Thirty? Really? 30 questions for every photo? The title of this article might make you think there’s a burdensome checklist that must be accomplished every time you release the camera’s shutter. There is not. However, if you want to take your photography to new dimensions, this list of questions—some dealing with the physical act of the photograph and some dealing with the inner thoughts behind...
3 months ago
Specular out-of-focus highlights have appeared in photographs since the first photos were taken through lenses. In 1997, Photo Techniques magazine introduced the word “bokeh” to the photography world’s vernacular and the out-of-focus areas of photographs have been scrutinized ever since. Before the term, there was certainly discussion about the aesthetics of the out-of-focus specular highlights...

Pages