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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Am I alone in having such strong tactile preferences that they guide purchase decisions for me? In the world of threaded cable releases, one—the Nikon AR-3 Threaded Cable Release—stands alone, not for its diverse functionality or plethora of technological capabilities—they all do the exact...
1 month ago
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Is your team playing in the final professional American football game of the current season? Or, are you traveling to Minneapolis to see the Big Game? Are you a photographer wanting to capture the action of this or other professional gridiron games? Here is what you need to know! The American professional football league has stipulated requirements for what you can and cannot bring into a stadium...
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Before you venture out to photograph your first lunar eclipse, you should get some practice taking photos of the moon. If lunar photography is varsity-level stuff, lunar eclipse photography is all pro. There are some unique challenges to the art, and great ways to get creative results, but the basics of lunar photography apply. Unlike...
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The neutral density (ND) filter is one of those tools that should be in almost every photographer’s camera bag. However, ND filters are mysterious to some, and many folks just don’t understand how, where, and when to use them. Beyond that, manufacturers seem to vary in their preferences as far as how they name ND...
2 months ago
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Fret not! There are holiday stocking stuffers available for your favorite photographer! Better yet, they cover the needs of a wide-ranging swath of holiday budgetary restrictions. I don’t know about the holidays at your home, but I do know that, growing up, my stocking stuffers ranged from chintzy thingies purchased at discount stores in the 11th hour to honest-to-goodness super-useful cool gifts...
2 months ago
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Hey, it is the 11th hour! Are you like me (and many others), who cannot figure out what to get for all but your closest friends, family members, and romantic partners? Well, here are a few ideas for those with the dreaded gift-giving block. These aren’t just my ideas, some of my colleagues at B&H told me what was on their last-minute wish lists, as well! 1. Freehands Men’s Stretch Thinsulate...
2 months ago
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I am a sucker for design. Style is subjective. Design is art and, therefore, subjective. Does form follow function, or does function dictate form? In the world of photography, just like in many product lines, the camera has run the gamut, from utilitarian tool to work of art. Some of those utilitarian cameras were unintentionally beautiful and some cameras had attractive designs that got in the...
2 months ago
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You just got a shiny new digital (or film) camera. Of course, you can just pop the battery and a memory card or film in and start shooting, but there are some things you may want to consider before you head out into the world to make art. 1. Charge your battery It is likely that the rechargeable battery that...
2 months ago
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Almost every fashionista out there knows about the power and importance of accessories. Photographers, fashionistas, or not, also know that accessories are not only niceties, they are downright mandatory for all photographers in the digital age. Let us look at some innovative accessories that have hit B&H Photo over the past couple of years. 1. Gnarbox There are portable backup devices for...
2 months ago
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No matter how many lenses a photographer has, there are often lenses that we still wish for and after which we lust. There are so many options out there that choosing your next lens can be a dizzying cavalcade of manufacturers, focal lengths, prime or zoom functionality, auto or manual focusing, and price. Here, we will help you choose the best lens to fit your specific needs, or at the very...
2 months ago
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Leave it to the world of photography to confuse size and speed. In lens speak, the term “fast glass” refers to lenses with large apertures. The aperture is the opening of a lens. Its size is expressed as a number that shows the ratio of the opening to the size of the lens. This number is...
2 months ago
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One thing that Micro Four Thirds shooters have always had in their corner is premium optics. The smaller sensor of the camera system really lends itself to shooting through the center area of any optics placed in front of it, and that leads to unsurpassed edge-to-edge sharpness and clarity. While some shooters balk at the 2x crop factor, others enjoy the benefits of the exceptional Micro Four...
2 months ago
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Many interchangeable-lens cameras, be it DSLR or mirrorless, are sold today with what we call "kit" lenses. Current kit lenses, in general, thanks to computer technology and advanced manufacturing techniques, are more capable and of higher quality than those of yesteryear. However, many of us who use interchangeable-lens cameras feel the gravitational pull of other lenses that are not yet in our...
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Guess what? You are very lucky to be shopping for a photographer or a photo enthusiast. Do you know why? Because there are a ton of things your special shutterbug needs and wants to add to their passionate pursuit of the ultimate photograph. The other good news is that there are completely useful and thoughtful photography-related gifts for any budget. Yeah! But, just in case you can’t think of...
3 months ago
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I like shiny things, but I have never really had a reason to buy or own jewelry—I’d rather buy camera gear. I have, however, always wanted to photograph beautiful diamonds and rings. Unwilling to enter the jewelry business for photographic purposes, the arrival of the new Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R...

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