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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The iPhone camera is a simple point-and-shoot photographic tool, right? Yes, it is, but, even using the basic iPhone camera app, the photographer has many different options for capturing the best possible image. Here we will give you a quick-and-dirty guide to getting intimate with your iPhone’s camera. 1. There are many ways to activate the iPhone camera....
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Are you reading this because you are wondering if the new Nikon D850 camera is better than the Nikon D810? Are you questioning whether the aging D800 that has been your high-resolution workhorse for...
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Fashion photography is all about being in the right place at the right time with the right model featuring the right outfit in the right lighting. Whether it be on the street, on the runway, or in a studio, having the right lens might make the difference between getting the cover shot or filling your digital trashcan with unsightly images. B&H Photo asked some top fashion photographers to...
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In a triple announcement, Fujifilm has released the new Fujfilm X-E3 interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera, the FUJINON XF 80mm f/2.8R LM OIS WR Macro Lens, and, for the GFX shooters, the FUJINON GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR medium format lens. Fujifilm is continuing to upgrade both the internals and externals of their popular...
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The closest you will ever get to an out-of-this-world experience while standing on terra firma is during a total solar eclipse. I have experienced two partial eclipses in my life before August 21, 2017, and both were memorable, but they were nothing like what happened on the 21st. Here is what I experienced, as well as some photographic lessons learned. The Setup My girlfriend, Jaime, and I end...
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Is the solar-photography filter a one-trick (or eclipse) pony? After the solar eclipse, does your solar-photography filter become a paperweight, a forgotten photo accessory in the bottom of your drawer, or is it destined for the classified section of a local newspaper in the path of the next eclipse? Before you retire your solar filter, know that you can use it for a few interesting things before...
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When viewing or photographing the sun, or any phase of a partial solar eclipse, remember that you MUST observe safe practices to prevent damage to your eyes and/or equipment (but mostly to your eyes).
  • NEVER look directly at the sun with your naked eyes. Permanent damage to your eyesight, up to and including blindness, may result.
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    Aiming your camera at the sun is inherently difficult due to the brightness of the sun—especially with long focal length telephoto lenses. The longer the focal length, the narrower the camera’s field of view and the more difficult it is to target the sun. One of our Explora readers, Chris Haecker, came up with an easy homemade solution that he was generous enough to share with us. Haecker is a...
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    Are you ready for the August 21, 2017 North American Solar Eclipse? You'd better be! And, if you are on this blog, you are likely going to be taking photographs of the event and, because this is 2017, you will want to share them on social media. So, here is the brief, official unofficial B&H Photo social media guide to the big show! Whom should you follow? 1. NASA and NASA EDGE Your tax...
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    Our lives are marked by firsts. First love, first car, first marriage, first kid, first heartbreak, and first camera. For many photographers of my generation, earlier generations, and younger generations, there are legions who can say that their first “real camera” was the Pentax K1000. With a production run spanning more than two decades (1976-1997), more than three million of these film SLRs...
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    It should be a quick drive from New York City to Monticello Motor Club, upstate in the Catskill Mountains, but driving out of “The City,” even on a good day, is an exercise in patience and brake-pad wear. Luckily for our hands-on test of the...
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    If you are new to geotagging your images, take a step back and review my article, How to Geotag Your Images. Or, did you digest that information already and now you find yourself wondering, “I geotagged my photos. Now what?” Well, here are some ideas on what to do after you geotag your images...
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    One hundred years ago, in 1917, a small French company founded by Arsène Gitzhoven began producing photographic accessories. To celebrate the centennial of the founding of the company, Gitzo is issuing a pair of special edition versions of its popular carbon fiber Traveler Tripod—the 100-...
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    I am a sucker for design and, years ago, when in the market for my first SLR camera, it wasn’t really a feature set that sold me on a brand, it was the way the Nikon SLR looked to my eye and felt to my hand that made me target the N6006. Little did I know then that the design of the consumer N6006 had Nikon F4 DNA in its good looks and that the Nikon F4, which I consider the best-looking SLR ever...
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    Do you want to preserve the memory of that awesome neighborhood fireworks show? Let's discuss the best ways to try to make a memorable photograph commemorating the event. Before we get started, let me say that there are many ways to accomplish fireworks photography and none are usually worse or better than others. The only thing that really matters as you head home after the show is:
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