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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Now Lensbaby Edge fans can grab an optic that gives them a little more room to breathe while working with the unique lens-tilt effects of the popular Edge optic. Designed for the Composer Pro II in the Lensbaby Optic Swap System system, the new Edge 35 Optic joins the...
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Many wedding photographers are eschewing heavy and large DSLR systems for the lighter and more compact mirrorless camera systems from manufacturers like Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic. And, with the introduction of the Fujifilm GFX medium format system, some photographers are realizing they can shoot medium format images in a pro-DSLR-sized form factor. But, when it comes to the DSLR,...
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I have no idea if it is lucrative, but it sure looks like fun to be a designer and engineer at photo companies these days. All over the Wedding and Portrait Photography International (WPPI) show are products that are cooler and offer smarter ways of doing things than we have done in the past. Leading the charge in the photographic accessory category is Manfrotto, and the brands that fall under a...
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It is hard to beat Light & Motion’s continuous lighting systems for portability and ruggedness for the continuous lighting needs of portrait and wedding photographers working outside of the studio or the cover of a...
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Data. Data. More data. Wedding photographers and portrait photographers working outside of the studio generate a ton of data. Add 4K video to the mix and you can close your eyes and imagine your memory cards overheating. With this ever-increasing production of images and video, and the associated tsunami of data a single photographer can produce at one event or shoot, the challenge of storing and...
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Portability and compatibility merge into the name of the game for Westcott when it comes to taking care of the lighting needs of wedding and portrait photographers. At the B&H Photo booth, at the annual WPPI conference and trade show in Las Vegas, Westcott is featuring some of its latest and greatest products....
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A few years ago (I won’t say how many), I bought a set of three studio monolights. They are big, heavy, plug into a wall, and come in a case that makes me look like I am a hockey goalie traveling for an away game. I spent a lot of money on these premium lights, and they still work great to this day. But, one trip to B&H’s Profoto display at this year’s WPPI and a few minutes with the...
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Photographers, professional and enthusiasts alike, are familiar with brand loyalty. Passions run deep in the photographic community when it comes to what is in your bag. For Canon shooters, that loyalty extends to the print—the final destination for the best images. For those wielding other brands of cameras and lenses, one stop at the Canon and B&H Photo displays at WPPI will have you...
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The Micro Four Thirds system is becoming popular among a passionate group of wedding photographers. The compact size of the cameras and lens system, as well as the sheer number of available lenses from Olympus, Panasonic, and other manufacturers, not to mention the nearly limitless option of adapted lenses, means that the wedding photographer has many options for capturing the action. Portrait...
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Most of us know that the iPad is a powerful photographic and filmmaking tool. Whether you are using it for post-processing, image sharing, camera control, storage, live view monitoring, or just for taking photos, the iPad is finding a home in the camera bags of many photographers. If it has one shortcoming, however, it may be the fixed-focal-length lens that only features digital zoom. But, if...
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Is it possible that one of the greatest mechanical film cameras of all time was born in the Digital Age? Yep. The year was 2001, and the photography world was in the semi-early throes of the digital revolution. The Nikon D1 was released in 1999 and the D1X was already in the stores when a manual focus mechanical film camera appeared on the shelf next to it in camera shops around the world. The...
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This, photography fans, is what APS-C mirrorless shooting should be. Fujifilm has just rolled out the new Fujifilm X-T30 camera on the heels of the already-popular X-T3...
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I feel for those of you who run around with cameras without a threaded shutter release. Why? Because you will never experience the pleasure of depressing a shutter release topped with the Nikon AR-11 Soft Shutter Release. Come to think of it, you won’t get to enjoy the...
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When it comes to festivities, few can compare to the parades and fun of Mardi Gras, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The sights, sounds, smells, sticky stuff on the ground, and world-class people-watching make the entire event a spectacle that lends itself to rich and colorful photography—especially at night! Nighttime photography at Mardi Gras is all about one thing: motion. A Mardi Gras parade is...
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Before I reveal my deep love for the Leica APO-Televid 77 spotting scope, I wish to tell you all that I am not easily enamored with every item that B&H Photo sells, adorned with the famous “Red Dot” of Leica. That addiction afflicts my father (and many others), but not I. I do own two Leica...
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