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Todd Vorenkamp

Todd Vorenkamp

Senior Creative Content Writer for Explora, Todd Vorenkamp has been taking photographs for almost 30 years. A photographic artist, he has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the Academy of Art University. He is a former US Navy and Coast Guard helicopter aviator and a licensed merchant marine officer. His personal website is www.trvphoto.com.

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1 week ago
The Nikon N6006 is not a legendary camera. If a famous photo was taken with it, I do not know about it. But, the Nikon N6006 was my first “real” camera (sincere apologies to the Kodak 110 Instamatic 30 camera handed down from my Grandma). Photographs ©Todd Vorenkamp As high-school graduation approached, I was accepted to the US Merchant Marine Academy. Knowing I would be travelling the world...
3 weeks ago
Note to fashion photographers everywhere: Pigeons make horrible models. Even with the snappy new Fujifilm X-Pro2 digital camera, I was constantly frustrated by the inability for even the most lethargic pigeon to hold his or her pose for more than a fraction of a second....
1 month ago
Somehow, an older digital or film camera is occupying space on a shelf in your closet, or taking up room in a drawer somewhere. Or, maybe a loved one has died and his or her photography gear has been entrusted to you. Or, maybe you just decided to hang on to that early-model 6-megapixel DSLR that you used 10 years ago. People often ask me, "Todd, what can I do with old photo equipment?” Well,...
1 month ago
You can go birding literally almost anywhere on earth. But, if you want to photograph rare species and large birds of prey, Manhattan is probably not on your birding bucket list. Nevertheless, Central Park, in the middle of New York City’s Manhattan Island, is known as one of the nation’s top birding spots. Photographs © Todd Vorenkamp One thing Manhattan does offer that most places don’t is the...
1 month ago
With more than 5.2 million images at press time that are hash-tagged “#macro” on Instagram, finding great macro photos on the popular social media photo-sharing app is not difficult. However, putting together a list of top macro photographers from Instagram is a challenge with so much macro talent out in the world. Here is a list of 17 folks that we discovered on Instagram, putting out a solid...
1 month ago
For a photographer, macro photography might be the perfect “rainy day” activity. Once you discover close-up photos of things, you realize that everything can be turned into a photograph, especially on the macro level. All Images © Todd Vorenkamp So, with so many “everythings” out there to shoot, what should you train your macro lens on? I decided to challenge myself by taking photographs of the...
1 month ago
It is probably safe to say that many of us photographers have, either with our cameras or smartphones, tried to capture a close-up image of an insect, flower, toy, or other object. We have an idea of what we want this photograph to look like as we prepare to capture the image. We have seen and admired beautiful close-up images before but, when we nose the camera lens up to the object, the camera...
1 month ago
In the last macro photography segment, we looked at three easy ways to get into macro photography: macro lenses, extension tubes, and close-up filters. As with most things photographic, there are many different ways to accomplish a single task, and...
Three Ways to Do Macro Photography
1 month ago
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to expand your photographic horizons is to use your camera to explore the world on a very small scale. Close-up, or macro photography, can turn everyday objects into visually interesting images and bring a new dimension to your photography...
1 month ago
Got Canon glass but digging the new tech in the popular Sony mirrorless cameras? Do you want that “full-frame look” with an APS-C format Sony camera? Now you can use your beloved Canon lenses on a Sony E-mount APS-C camera with the new...
1 month ago
The website says it succinctly: Photographers on the Move in Los Angeles / New York City / Atlanta. Our Labor of Love is a syndicate of six wedding and event photographers, including co-owners Jesse and Whitney Chamberlin. The pair was named one of America’s top 10 wedding photographers by American Photo magazine in 2011, and they have been...
1 month ago
The letter “F.” It is one of the most powerful letters in all of photography. In the automotive world, BMW virtually owns “M.” In the tech world, Apple conquered the “i.” In 1959, when Nikon rolled out its first ever single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, the company took possession of “F” and it has been symbolic in the photography world ever since. Photographs ©Todd Vorenkamp Nikon’s flagship SLR...
2 months 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...
2 months 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...
3 months 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...

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