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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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, or “Nifty Fifty,” 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....
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We have probably all seen images in which the photographer has panned with the action—photos where the subject is in fairly sharp focus and the background is blurred due to the motion of the camera. The subjects you might have seen in action panning photos include cars, trucks, airplanes, runners, motorcycles, bicycles, etc. Done well, action panning photographs are a pleasure to look at and,...
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We cannot be certain, but it is a fair bet that the folks who invented the modern digital cameras, be they DSLR or mirrorless, did not envision that they would be attached to large format view cameras. Can you do it? Yes. Does it work? Yes… I guess. Is it practical and easy? Nope. Should you do it? Maybe. Is it fun? Yes! I will admit, I’ve never shot large format film. I have friends who shoot...
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We asked some long-time film-shooting B&H experts and B&H Creators: What is your favorite film/camera combination? Below are their answers and their photos. Don’t forget to check out the B&H Used Department, where you...
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FUJIFILM continues to lead the digital photography world with its unique and beautiful film simulations that give FUJIFILM X series APS-C interchangeable lens, X series...
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Is it strange to sit back and think that buying a film camera is a new experience to many—even most—photographers? Just 20 years ago, almost everyone was buying and using film cameras. Today, there are legions of photographers who have never shot a single roll of film. Luckily for us, film photography still exists and there are both...
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Congratulations on getting your first telephoto zoom lens. Telephoto zooming makes for fun photography! Whether you got your 55-200mm or 55-300mm “kit lens” with a new camera, or you’re adding it, or a similar lens, to your quiver, your photography is about to enter a new world of awesomeness. In this article, we will discuss some tips for how to get the most out of your new telephoto zoom lens....
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Welcome to the world of large(r)-aperture prime lenses and congratulations on taking a large step forward in your photographic journey with your purchase of a “nifty fifty” 50mm (or 50mm equivalent) wide-aperture lens for your camera! Whether you know it or not, you have just acquired a tool that can dramatically and immediately improve your photography, and this article is designed to help you...
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FUJIFILM has just rolled out a trio of new products for the FUJIFILM X-Series: the X-E4 mirrorless camera, the XF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 R LM OIS WR telephoto zoom, and a...
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Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park is one of the most scenic overlooks on the entire planet. Because of its sheer beauty, it is difficult to walk away from it with a bad photograph. (I have always said that it is easier to make a beautiful photograph of something that is already beautiful than it is to make a beautiful photograph of something that is not beautiful.) And, almost every camera-...
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Are you feeling the seismic waves of Fujinon’s first entry into the premium roof prism birding and hunting binocular market? Well, not only do these new Fujinon Hyper Clarity 8x42 and...
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Congratulations on getting a new camera, and welcome to the world of photography! You are going to love it. Before you go out shooting, take a look at these 10 things you should do first with your brand-new camera. 1. Charge the Battery Being fresh out of the box, your camera’s battery is unlikely to be fully charged. Plus, manufacturers usually recommend a full charge cycle before you go out...
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Raise your hand if you, like me, have arrived at a scenic vista and, standing next to the brown sign with a camera on it, have stood exactly where we were supposed to, raised our cameras to eye height, looked though the viewfinder, and taken the perfect postcard shot. While there is nothing wrong with that approach to landscape photography, there are a few techniques that you can employ to give...
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Binoculars make great gifts. Regardless of who you are shopping for, or what their hobbies are, a nice pair of binoculars can be appreciated and enjoyed by just about anyone. If you think about it, almost all of us find ourselves out in the world wishing we could have a closer view of something almost every day. Now...
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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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