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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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 weeks 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...
1 month 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...
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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...
2 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...
2 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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Shutter speed is a measurement of time that a camera's shutter is open—allowing light, usually after it has passed through a lens and through the aperture diaphragm, to strike a photosensitive surface, like film or a digital sensor. This article is part of a multi-part series of about photographic Exposure.1....
2 months ago
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Aperture is the size of the opening in the lens. Some lenses have fixed apertures, but most photographic lenses have variable apertures to control the amount of light entering the lens. This aperture is regulated by a diaphragm made of overlapping blades that can be adjusted to vary the size of the opening through which light passes. The size of the opening also has a secondary effect on the...
2 months ago
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Photography is all about capturing light. In fact, the etymology of the word “photograph” is basically “light drawing.” To make a photograph that we can see, we have to control both the amount of light that is exposed to a photosensitive surface, be it film or a digital sensor, and also control the sensitivity of that surface to the light. In this series, we will discuss a bit of the physics and...
2 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...
2 months 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...
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Manhattanhenge is a twice-per-year astronomical event that wreaks havoc on New York City traffic and directly results in a #Manhattanhenge explosion on social media. Are you ready? Let's submit the phenomenon to the Five W's so you can get prepared for the event....
3 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...
3 months ago
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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...
3 months ago
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Before we talk gadgets, know that it is possible to do epic panoramic photographs handheld. Thanks to awesome modern post-processing software, the combination of digital camera and computer can crank out good panoramic results for many photographers. However, if you remember the early days of photo stitching, have gotten some wonky stitching results, or you simply want to make the cleanest, best...
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