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.

Latest Articles

1 week ago
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...
1 week ago
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...
3 weeks ago
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...
1 month ago
Are you a fan of Lensbaby lenses but not a fan of carrying a lot of different lenses with you when you head out to make photographs? The Lensbaby Trio 28 might be just what you did not know you have been dreaming of. The Trio 28 is a single optical housing that contains three different 28mm lenses for the...
2 months ago
Image “sharpness” has been the goal of many photographers over the years. Some photographers seem to nail the “razor-sharp” or “tack-sharp” image every time, while some struggle to capture a truly sharp image. Photographs ©Todd Vorenkamp Before we start, know that there are basic ways photos end up not being sharp. 1. Movement Either the camera, or the subject is in motion during the capture.2....
2 months ago
One of the first words I learned how to say was, “Moon.” All of my life, I have been fascinated by our natural satellite and I have been photographing it for as long as I have had a camera. My photos have gotten better over the years, but I still search for the perfect photo of the moon. Here are some tips and thoughts for your own lunar photography. Above photograph: A waxing gibbous moon the...
2 months ago
The iPhone (any model) is a wonderful picture-taking device. How do you make it better? How do you make your iPhone capture what others cannot? Instead of relying on funky filters, you can add lenses in front of the iPhone optics. One of the best ways to do that is with the...
by Todd Vorenkamp
3 months 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...
4 months 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 months 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...
4 months 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 ©...
4 months 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 (...
4 months 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...
4 months 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...
4 months 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...

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