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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Hey, the holidays are here! Is it the the 11th hour yet? Are you like me (and many others), who cannot figure out what photography-related gifts and stocking stuffers to get for all but your closest friends, family members, favorite shutterbugs, and romantic partners? Well, here are a few ideas—including many that will fit in your favorite person’s stocking—for those with the dreaded gift-giving...
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Lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries can pose a fire risk, and that risk is especially dangerous aboard a commercial airliner or cargo aircraft. Most of today’s digital cameras, cine and video cameras, and portable lighting rely on lithium batteries for power and, because of the fire risk, there are regulations for packing them for flight on passenger airliners and cargo aircraft. For...
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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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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...
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Working at B&H Photo, there are any number of “Nerd Alerts!” that happen around the SuperStore and offices daily. New camera gear, new audio gear, computers, gadgets, and more come to B&H Photo and find a warm reception from the staff here. Taking a Nerd Alert to DEFCON 5 are the 3-D printed, hyper-accurate, lunar models from...
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Manfrotto keeps expanding and improving its popular Befree line of travel tripods, and the latest and best versions, the Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with 496 Center Ball Head and the...
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Camera accessories: not only can they be entirely practical for the types of photography you enjoy, they can also give your camera a unique look and feel, while boosting performance. Fujifilm’s nice lineup of accessories, and an array of third-party accessories, allow Fujifilm photographers to get the most out of...
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Sigma. Art. 24-70mm. f/2.8. Full frame. L-mount and Sony E-mount. Just those word fragments should be enough to excite mirrorless digital photographers who already swear by the exceptional performance of...
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Why is it so exciting when a new camera is produced for a very small and specific market? Canon has just announced its highly specialized Canon EOS Ra camera—the company’s first full-frame mirrorless camera dedicated to deep sky and astrophotography. Following in the footsteps of the...
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Besides getting awesome gifts from your B&H wish list, one of the best parts of the holiday season is the beautiful lights and candles that seem to decorate every neighborhood, shopping area, and home. As stunning as some lights are to see, they can be even more fun to photograph. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your captures of holiday lights. 1. Use Low-Light / Night...
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How unfortunate is it that some of the best photographic opportunities present themselves when it's miserably cold outside? It doesn't matter what kind of camera equipment you're using, proper preparation and knowledge of your gear and environment are essential to helping ensure success when you're out in the cold...
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When the inner planets, Mercury and Venus, pass between Earth and the Sun, it is known as a “planetary transit.” While not as visually spectacular as a solar eclipse, the transit of our inner solar system’s neighbors is a remarkable sight to viewers on Earth. Unfortunately, these events are not visible to the naked eye, so let’s discuss what gear is recommended for photographing and viewing the...
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On November 11, 2019, the planet Mercury, when viewed from our home on Planet Earth, will pass between Earth and the sun—a planetary transit across the face of the sun. Above: A composite photograph of the 2016 transit of Mercury  © NASA/JPL. Safety First The sun is visible to the naked eye (obviously), but Mercury is so small and distant, you cannot view the event without a telescope, binoculars...
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No matter how many lenses a photographer has, there are often lenses that we still wish for and lenses 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 offer up some thoughts on what your next lens might be based on your needs...
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When photographing a planetary transit of the sun, be it Mercury or Venus, all of the same safety precautions of solar photography are required, without exception. This is because you are not photographing a planet in the night sky, you are photographing the sun as a planet passes between Earth and the sun. Images of the transit of Mercury and Venus from NASA/JPL Photographing the sun poses a...
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