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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In these days of digital photography, stumbling upon a semi-secret, not well-known photographic tool is a rare pleasure. Enter the Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue polarizer filter. With the power of modern digital cameras and post-processing software, we tend to think that anything we want to see in an image can be created,...
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Congratulations to NASA, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and United Launch Alliance for their successful launch of the Parker Solar Probe to study the closest star to Earth, the Sun, at distances never accomplished before. With this successful launch, it is time to add details of the Parker Solar Probe mission to this list of American interplanetary spacecraft photo gear...
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Are you currently a photography student? Are you enrolled in high school, college, or graduate-level photography classes this fall? Here is some unsolicited advice from professional photographic educators to take with you into the classroom or out into the field. 1. “It is totally natural to emulate other photographers who you admire as you start your journey with the medium of photography, but...
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The debate between analog film photography versus digital photography has been settled for most of the photographing populace. This just in… digital is, by far, the choice of today and the future. This article is not about dredging up that debate for the modern photographer—instead, let’s take a look at that discussion through the lens of someone just starting out in photography—a first-year...
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For a working professional photographer like renowned maritime photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Onne van der Wal, the most valuable part of his business is not the tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of cameras and lenses he carries, it is that which cannot be covered by insurance or easily replaced: data. Clients don’t care if your Canon camera was lost to Davy Jones’s Locker in the...
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Gitzo has updated, improved, and re-invented its classic 3-way tripod head. The new Gitzo 3-Way Fluid Head is designed for photographers looking for the precision that ball heads rarely offer, with the controlled and fluid movements of a geared head without the size and weight of that type of...
Nikon COOLPIX W150 Digital Camera
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Nikon has just released the Nikon COOLPIX W150—an update to its entry-level family-summertime-fun digital waterproof COOLPIX W100 camera. The COOLPIX W150 camera is the perfect...
Spotting Scopes vs. Telescopes for Beginner Astronomers
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A few times over the past year, I have met people who, when they had a youngster express interest in astronomy, rushed out to B&H Photo to purchase the family a telescope. In a few of these anecdotes, the telescope saw limited initial use and then it was simply incorporated into the home’s décor—...
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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...
Your Photographic Hands-Free Device: The Lensbaby OMNI Creative Filter System
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I give Lensbaby a lot of credit. While many companies are busy spending their R&D funds on clinically sharp lenses that have next to no optical character, Lensbaby rolls out a tool that helps photographers put stuff like crystals and prisms in front of their lenses so that they don’t need to graft on a third arm and hand, or hire an assistant. While it falls short of functioning as a Vaseline...
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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...
The One Lens Every Photographer Should Have and Use: the 50mm
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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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Photography from the window seat of an airliner is becoming a controversial topic. Before we talk about how to get awesome photos, let’s have a chat… First of all, no one seems to look out the windows of airliners today, and many passengers give the evil eye to those who do not close their window shades. Fact: Future airliners may be made without windows at all. This saves manufacturing costs,...
The Cameras of the Apollo Moon Missions
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According to NASA sources, photography was never given much of a consideration in the early days of manned spaceflight. Astronaut John Glenn, on the first orbital Mercury mission (third flight of the Mercury Program) carried a camera into space and took the first photographs from space in a manned US spacecraft. Geopolitical considerations (think manned spy satellite) and other issues shifted...
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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...
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