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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6 days ago
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What is the best camera for beginners? While this seems like a straightforward question, it is somewhat complex. Giving this question some thought and considering a few options may pay future dividends as a novice photographer evolves into a photographic artist. One certainty is that an entry-level camera should be easy to use, convenient to carry and employ, as well as being intuitive, while...
2 weeks ago
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If you had any doubts about which event retains the crown as the world's premier photography show, the sheer number of landscape-changing announcements from this year's Photokina, in Cologne, Germany, should settle any dispute among the photography show groupies. In the weeks leading up to the show, the photography world was bombarded with big-time announcement after big-time announcement. And...
3 weeks ago
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It has been a while since the ZEISS Ikon and Contax cameras were rolling off assembly lines and shipping to the B&H SuperStore shelves but, today, Zeiss has announced an intriguing new full-frame digital camera—the ZEISS ZX1—featuring a fixed ZEISS Distagon 35mm f/2 T* lens sitting in front of a...
3 weeks ago
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It looks like Panasonic has been bit by the full-frame bug. Aiming for an early 2019 launch, Panasonic has announced the new LUMIX S1R and LUMIX S1 digital full-frame mirrorless cameras equipped with a Leica L lens mount. The new full-frame sensors will record 47MP of data on the LUMIX S1R and 24MP on the LUMIX S1. Inside, the cameras will have, what Panasonic claims, the world’s first support...
3 weeks ago
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Smaller and lighter? Check. Big medium format sensor? Check! Fujifilm has just released their newest medium format digital interchangeable mirrorless camera, the Fujifilm GFX 50R. Weighing in 145g less and showing off a body that is 25mm thinner than the already-DSLR-sized...
1 month ago
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Attention! Now arriving on your photographic B&H Photo Wish List: the newest Fujifilm X-series flagship, the Fujifilm X-T3. As many of you know, Fujifilm has carved out a distinct niche in the photo world with its retro-styled cameras, armed with beautiful X-Trans sensors and mated to extraordinary optics. The...
1 month ago
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The travel tripod conundrum is a cruel reality of physics and practicality. The larger and heavier a tripod is, the steadier it will hold a camera. The larger and heavier a tripod is, the less likely you will ever want to carry it around or take it on a trip. Why are we left with a photographic reality like that which makes the tastiest food bad for you? Tripods come in all shapes, weights,...
2 months ago
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Are you currently a photography student? Are you enrolled in high school, college, or graduate-level photography classes this fall? Here is some unsolicited advice from professional photographic educators to take with you into the classroom or out into the field. 1. “It is totally natural to emulate other photographers who you admire as you start your journey with the medium of photography, but...
2 months ago
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It is time to sell your gaffer tape stocks, because Leica has just introduced the new version of its very popular M10 full-frame digital rangefinder camera, the Leica M10-P, which is noticeably devoid of the famous red dot brand logo on the front of the body—so there's no need to...
2 months ago
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When it comes to image quality, the one piece of gear everyone recommends is the tripod. A good-quality tripod is one of the most important accessories you can get for your camera, but with so many new brands and options out there, choosing the right one can be a challenge. For this article, I spoke to the experts at the B&H SuperStore and have put my hands on 10 different full-sized tripods...
2 months ago
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When most of us think of “sports photography,” we immediately think of iconic images from the world of land-based sports—American football, track and field, boxing, baseball, and others. One could argue, however, that yacht racing and sailing regattas provide the canvas for some of the most spectacular images in all of sports. And, if you have spent time around the water, seen the framed print on...
3 months ago
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In my years at sea on merchant ships, warships, and sailboats, I spent a lot of time looking through binoculars. After a weekend on the water and on land with a pair of Fujinon Techno-Stabi image-stabilized binoculars, the...
3 months ago
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Several years ago, a news article in the satirical newspaper, The Onion, stated that every resident of New York City had spontaneously decided to leave immediately. The article stated, “… living in a dingy, grime-caked apartment while exhaust fumes from an idling truck seep through your bedroom window isn’t worth slightly bigger bagels.” Well, if you go to one of Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Company...
4 months ago
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When I think of Father’s Day, I obviously think of my photographing father, Eric, but I also think of Academy of Art (AAU) MFA classmate Brian Reda and his #dadlife project. Based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, Reda is a formally trained photographer...
4 months ago
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ISO, which stands for International Organization of Standards, is a measure of the sensitivity of film or a digital sensor to light. This article is part of a multi-part series of about photographic Exposure.1. Introduction: The Exposure Triangle2....
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