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 and is an adjunct instructor of photography at Dakota College at Bottineau. 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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3 months ago
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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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by Todd Vorenkamp and Bjorn Petersen
4 months ago
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It is probably safe to say that many of us photographers have, either with our cameras or smartphones, tried to capture a close-up image of an insect, flower, toy, or other object. We have an idea of what we want this photograph to look like as we prepare to capture the image. We have seen and admired beautiful close-up images before but, when we nose the...
5 months ago
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Whether it is a natural disaster or a pandemic virus, there are times when we get stuck at home for one reason or another. Some experts suggest relaxing screen time rules for youngsters, but we all know that the glowing rectangle isn't the solution for everyone, nor is it a permanent fix. For products that not only educate, but inspire, B&H Photo has what you need to engage your family, keep...
7 months ago
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I never fancied myself a passionate lover of a battery charger. That is, until I tried the Nitecore FX1 Dual-Slot USB Travel Charger for FUJIFILM NP-W126 & NP-W126S Batteries. Am I kidding you? No. Seriously, I really, really like, maybe love, this camera battery charger. Why and how did...
7 months ago
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Most tripods on the market are simple three-legged supports for your camera and lens, and that is usually all that photographers need a tripod to do. But, there are some tripods on the market that, while serving to support...
8 months ago
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I recently had an appointment with Dr. Google that culminated in a self-diagnosis of Raynaud’s disease. I wanted to find the best “photography gloves” for my condition so that I can...
8 months ago
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Photography can be an expensive hobby. Or, if it is your profession, gear is likely one of your largest expenditures. It is just part of the photographic landscape, especially in the digital age. But, what if money were no object? How fun would shopping be at B&H Photo then? It’s nice to pretend, is it not? So, I asked a bunch of my coworkers at B&H Photo what they would buy if they were...
8 months ago
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FUJIFILM has just made a trio of exciting announcements! First, the company is rolling out the new GF 45-100mm f/4 R LM WR medium format digital lens for its GFX system. Second and third, entry into the FUJIFILM X-series APS-C sensor cameras has just gotten sweeter, with the launch of the...
8 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...
8 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...
8 months ago
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Do you always want your selfies to 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 beloved friends, adoring family members, and admiring fans to enjoy your self-portraits in the highest possible quality—captured by a capable camera that is practical and versatile. Right...
8 months ago
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Urban styling might be the latest trend in camera backpacks, since not everyone wants to carry a backpack that screams, “I have a camera inside!” The new Chicago Backpacks, from Manfrotto, embrace the subdued and sleek urban look and have arrived in a choice of two capacity options....
8 months ago
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Just off of the assembly lines in Germany, storied filter manufacturer B+W has just released its newest T-PRO line of UV-Haze and Clear filters. These new T-PRO filters are slimmer and lighter than previous B+W filters—filters already thin and light to begin with! They feature rings with brass mounts and a unique titanium finish to...
8 months ago
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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...
The One Lens Every Photographer Should Have and Use: the 50mm
8 months ago
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If you are stranded on a desert island and can only have one camera lens with you, which lens would you choose? If your answer wasn’t, “a 50mm (or 50mm equivalent lens),” then you might be wrong. The 50mm prime lens is the one lens every photographer toting an interchangeable-lens camera should own… and use. Why? Before I tell you all the reasons, I will tell you a sea story. But, before that,...
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