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04.25.2016

In Part one of the Boudoir Video Workshop,  Sigma Pro James Schmelzer shows how to use different lighting techniques for three different environments. He shoots with the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports and Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM to isolate the subject and blur the background.

Also check out James’ video on basic etiquette on how to work with models!

04.21.2016

Welcome to Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum’s new video series- Shamelessly Feminine: A Modern Take on Iconic Women. Throughout this video series, Jen chooses six iconic women throughout history to explore what shamelessly feminine is all about. Stay tuned to find out who these six women are!

 

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04.19.2016

Great portraits are not just made with a great camera or a great lens.  There are several elements that need to be considered when creating portraits.  Here are some of the most vital elements to consider.

Photo © Ryan Brown

Photo © Ryan Brown

Lens Choice Lens choice is one of the most important elements to a great portrait.  The reason is simple; distortion.  If you are using a full frame digital SLR camera, the normal lens is 50mm.  This means that if you bring to your eye and take it away, objects are about the same size through the viewfinder or without.  If you are using an APS-C sensor camera, the normal lens is around 30mm.  This also is the division between wide angle and telephoto focal lengths.  If we use wide-angle lenses for portraits, it will distort the features of your subject.  If we are trying to flatter our subject this isn’t the way to do it.  With a full frame camera the 85-105mm focal lengths are considered some of the best for lack of distortion and usable working distance.  If you use longer focal lengths, the subject will be more compressed against the background (not a bad thing) but the subject will be further away creating a problem for communication between the photographer and model.

Photo © Ryan Brown

Photo © Ryan Brown

Photo © Ryan Brown

Photo © Ryan Brown

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04.05.2016

24mm F1.4 Art lens Reversed for High Magnification Macro Photography

© 2016 Robert OToole

© 2016 Robert OToole

High Magnification Macro Photography reaches into a fascinating world of details that are normally hidden to the naked eye. The simplest and most cost effective way to get reach high magnification is to reverse mount a wide angle lens. When used in reverse the 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens gives me sharp detailed images at 5X or five times life-size. Check out some of my favorite images below.

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03.30.2016

With it’s introduction back in 2013, the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM | Art lens took the photography world by storm as the first wide angle zoom with a 1.8 aperture.  A wide angle has it’s place in sports photography,  albeit on a more limited scale than my go to sports lens, the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 DG OS HSM lens.

As one of the Sigma Pro’s, the 18-35 was high on my list of lenses I wanted to shoot with. It’s an outstanding lens for wedding photographers, street photographers, landscape photographers and more, but as a sports action photographer how much use would I get out of a lens like this?

Recently I had a rare free afternoon so I made my way down to the local skate park armed with the 18-35mm and a few strobes. My objective was to get as close to the action as possible short of taking a skate board to the jaw. I set up one of my Strobies STR-200 strobes opposite the setting sun at the base of a few of the ramps and let the skate boarders and BMX riders go to town giving me their best stuff. Getting my vantage point down low put the action almost directly over head giving a huge sense of height to each of the aerial tricks.

© 2016 Steve Chesler Heading down to the local skate park with a few strobes and my Sigma 18-35mm f1.8, I wanted to play with this exceptional wide angle lens for sports action.

© 2016 Steve Chesler Heading down to the local skate park with a few strobes and my Sigma 18-35mm f1.8, I wanted to play with this exceptional wide angle lens for sports action.

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03.25.2016

For the last two weeks I have been shooting a ski travel story in Switzerland for a few different magazines and websites. Helping me capture the action and tell the story is Sigma’s new all-in-one lens, the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DGC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary lens.

The autofocus is fast enough to capure sharp images of skiers in action.  Sven Brunso finds powder in Disentis days after the last storm. ISO 200 at 28mm f/10  1/1600 sec.

The autofocus is fast enough to capure sharp images of skiers in action. Sven Brunso finds powder in Disentis days after the last storm. ISO 200 at 20mm f/10 1/1600 sec.

This great little lens has proven to be incredibly versatile and I have used it to shoot a great variety of subjects. Its lightweight and small size make it a no-brainer to pack on an international trip when luggage space is tight.  And the image quality is what you would expect from Sigma’s Contemporary line…excellent!

1481- Having the option of using one lens to capture everything on your adventure is fantastic..especially if your adventure begins with 3,500 vertical feet of climbing to the top of your ski run. The wide angle here is nice as it give a great sense of place. ISO 200 at 18mm f/9  1/1250 sec.

1481- Having the option of using one lens to capture everything on your adventure is fantastic..especially if your adventure begins with 3,500 vertical feet of climbing to the top of your ski run. The wide angle here is nice as it give a great sense of place. ISO 200 at 18mm f/9 1/1250 sec.

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03.24.2016

Towards the end of February, Sigma announced a very intriguing product, the MC-11 Mount Converter.  The MC-11 allows the use of Sigma Canon EF Mount and Sigma SA Mount Global Vision lenses to be used on the Sony’s mirrorless cameras.  In an instant, this expands the lens selections for these wildly popular cameras to now include nineteen Sigma lenses!

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I have long been lured by the promise of aftermarket adapters to make all of the wonderful Art Lenses work on my Sony mirrorless cameras, but there was always a let down of some type.  Until now.

For example, on my Nex-5n, the autofocus was so slow that I could manually focus much faster and the same was true when I had an a7r and a7s. Much of this changed with the release of the a7r mk2. Suddenly, I had a fast autofocus system with my EF-mount Art Lenses when combined with adapters from Metabones and Fotodiox. However, other issues would arise.  I would get random errors, the camera would lock up, the most innovative autofocus modes wouldn’t work, and some lenses just didn’t work properly at all. I dealt with these issues because I loved the images created when pairing Art Lenses with my a7r mk2.

© Brian Linhoff | Sony a7r mk2 | Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM  1/200 F2.0 ISO 800 @ 31mm

© Brian Linhoff | Sony a7r mk2 | Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM 1/200 F2.0 ISO 800 @ 31mm

So it was with a great deal of excitement that I made my way to WPPI 2016 where I could get my hands on a preproduction sample to try out.  I was completely overwhelmed with how well the adapter worked.  Since it was running beta firmware, our show sample was only compatible with the 50 f1.4 Art and 18-35 f1.8 Art, and these two lenses worked flawlessly. Anyone that has dealt with the usual frustration of adapting lenses can appreciate that it worked in every aspect that I could think to test.

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03.07.2016

If you are at WPPI 2016, be sure to stop by our Social Corner to be entered to win great prizes!

Stop by the Sigma booth at WPPI for a chance to win a lens!

Stop by the Sigma booth at WPPI for a chance to win a lens!

03.03.2016

Each time CP+ comes around, you can be assured that Sigma is going to unveil something amazing for the crowd at the major camera show in Japan, and this year yielded a bumper crop of great new Sigma products, including cameras, lenses, and more!

Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter

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Fans of Sony e-Mount and FE-Mount mirrorless cameras have been clamoring for more options in Sigma lenses,  and with the introduction of the MC-11 Mount Converter, they’ve now got 19 great Sigma lenses available to them. With full electronic control of aperture and full AF. Offered in both a Sigma SA-mount and Canon EOS EF mount version, this advanced lens mount converter dramatically increased the number of optics available for the growing legion of fans of the hottest Sony mirrorless cameras.

Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

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In addition to the MC-11 converter, Sony fans can natively mount the 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary to their APS-C format Sony e-Mount cameras, as can Micro Four Thirds fans! This is Sigma’s first F1.4 lens for mirrorless systems, and offers a stepping ring motor for video work. Not only is this Sigma’s first native F1.4 lens for the mirrorless world, it is both super-sharp, compact, and economical, to boot!

50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art

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The world’s first F1.8 telephoto zoom lens for APS-C cameras, designed to pair perfectly with the 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art both in terms of performance and hand-feel. It is gonig to be a toss-up to see who raves more about this new lens: videographers or still photographers. This one is going to be razor-sharp, with gorgeous blur for both still and video. And, like the 18-35mm, expect it to stay super-sharp even as the scene is zoomed.

sd Quattro and sd Quattro H

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Foveon Quattro sensors paired with Sigma SA-mount interchangeable lenses, especially the Art lenses? For the imaging purists, what’s not to love? Sleek designs, super-high resolution LCD EVFs, fast TRUE III processors and the first Foveon APS-H sized sensor for even larger image files oozing with fine detail and rich tones? I personally can not wait to pair the sd Quattro H with the first, and still my favorite Art prime lens, the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A and marvel at the fineness of details and nuances of color!

EF-630 Strobe

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Sigma’s pro caliber shoe-mount strobe gets a major makeover with this release including a new side dial, and a dot-matrix LCD screen for much improved user interface! The Auto zoom feature communicates with the camera for extended range from 24-200mm, and the flip down wide angle diffuser and bounce card, along with swivel and pivot allow for creative light sculpting, bouncing, and accessorizing for hard and soft lighting. High-Speed Focal Plane sync allows for flash up to the maximum shutter speed of DSLRs, perfect for outdoor fill flash and catchlighting, along with close-up motion-freezing short burst lighting.

Which of these new Sigma products are you most excited about?

03.01.2016

Thanks for tuning into Jen Rozenbaum’s Boudoir Photography series! Check out her entire series below!

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