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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by Todd Vorenkamp
4 days ago
Night photography is full of challenges. One of the biggest for beginners and pros alike is the difficulty of achieving accurate focus in very dark scenes. However, autofocus systems are constantly improving and many of today’s modern DSLR cameras can focus in darkness that would have short-circuited the autofocus systems of cameras made just a few years ago. Yet, the downside of most autofocus...
3 weeks ago
Regardless of your occupation or location, the things in your everyday carry (EDC) kit will often be essential to get you through the day. I have several pseudo-EDC kits in my life. I have a kit in the car, one on the boat, one in my bike pannier and, when on foot, a few items that make me feel unbalanced in their absence. Most EDC kits comprise what some consider essential gear, but if you are...
4 weeks ago
Only in the arts is the term “self-taught” worn like a badge of honor. You can’t swing a dead cat around the Internet without hitting a photographer who broadcasts “self-taught” on the biography page of his or her website. I found a website titled: “Top 25 Self-Taught Photographers.” Really? Professions outside the arts do not promote “self-taught.” Self-taught doctor? No thanks; I’ll go...
1 month ago
An obvious key to successful night photography is the correct setup for your camera. There are no hard and fast rules for settings for night photography because many of the settings you choose depend on the scene before you and how you want it to look in the final image. However, this guide will give you a foundation for setting up your camera to capture the wonders of the night. Photographs ©...
1 month ago
The world looks different at night.That, more than anything, continues to drive me toward night photography. I started doing photography with a Kodak 110 film point-and-shoot camera, which was completely incapable of performing satisfying night shots due to its lack of manual exposure control. The night beckoned me. On the very first roll of 35mm film I shot with my trusty Nikon 6006 are some (...
1 month ago
Not all eyes are created equal. For those without “normal” 20/20 vision, this may be a problem when you look through a camera’s viewfinder—either optical or electronic. Your view into the camera might be blurry even when the camera’s lens is in focus. Because of this, your camera’s viewfinder likely has a diopter adjustment (some older cameras do not have diopter adjustments and require the...
1 month ago
Riding your bike to work is good for the environment, reduces congestion on the roads, decreases crowding on public transportation (yes, that is an issue in New York City), and is a great way to exercise. But because of the time that cyclists spend breathing heavily in close proximity to motor-vehicle exhaust, is commuting by bike in New York City as healthy as we would like it to be? A team of...
1 month ago
You are passionate about photography. You are passionate about travel. Maybe you just want to combine your passion for photography with travel to a destination you have always dreamed of visiting. Whatever the reasons for being there, participating in a photography workshop while travelling is a fantastic way to not only improve your photography skills, but also to experience the people and...
1 month ago
As a photographer, there are few genres of photography in which I haven’t dabbled. I’ve shot portraiture, products, and sports, and I even took a camera out at a wedding once. But if you ask what my favorite type of photography is, it is this: maritime industrial subjects at night. With a bit of luck, I now have access to a working shipyard seven minutes (by bike) from my apartment in Brooklyn!...
1 month ago
Yes, the selfie is firmly entrenched in the realm of mobile phone camera culture, but that does not mean your cell phone is the best tool for the job—it’s just usually the most convenient. Do you want your selfies to always be captured on tiny, tiny sensors through tiny, tiny lenses? You might, at first, say, “Yes, that is fine.” But think about it for a few minutes and realize that you want your...
2 months ago
Are you aware that June 29 is National Camera Day? At B&H Photo, the camera is the core of our very existence and, therefore, it’s a pretty momentous holiday. Decorations, balloons, festivities, and gifts! (Hey, where are my gifts?) Whoever you are, wherever you are, stop what you are doing and celebrate by taking your favorite camera out for a walk and snapping off a few photos. Film,...
2 months 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 months 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....
3 months 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,...
3 months 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...

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