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06.30.2015

July’s Sigma SuperFan is actually a couple! Alex and Lila Trejo of Northern Virginia, outside of DC, work together as photographers in their studio; as well as being husband and wife! We were struck by their shared passion for photography, and their love for Sigma lenses. Here’s the details from our great chat with our July #SigmaSuperFan!

Alex and Lila Trejo are our SigmaSuperFans for July!

Alex and Lila Trejo are our SigmaSuperFans for July!

Alex and Lila Trejo are a husband and wife team who support each other’s art photography and shoot weddings as Studio Trejo. After working together in a gallery and studio space in Philadelphia, they now live and work in the Washington DC area, in Northern Virginia.

Lila is a native of Washington, DC, whose dad used one of the bathrooms in their home as a darkroom while she was still a baby. “I don’t remember particularly formal training as a kid, but my dad would let me take pictures and teach me where to brace my arms and when to breath in and out so as to be as still a possible clicking the shutter. Seems not as critical these days with super fast lenses and digital equipment, I still do it without even thinking about it.”

Photo © Lila Trejo with the Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM. 1/100 F/10 ISO 800.

Photo © Lila Trejo with the Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM. 1/100 F/10 ISO 800.

Whenever she wasn’t at her office job (though often her design and photography skills came into use there somehow), Lila photographed candid moments of friends and family—informal portraits capturing a subject’s inner personality. After growing up in Northern Virginia, she moved to New York City where she discovered an interest in and studied jewelry design, selling her work in local boutiques. After ten years, she moved to Philadelphia, where she met Alex.

Photo of Cleveland, OH © Alex Trejo, made with the Sigma 10-20 F4-5.6 lens. 1/320 F11 ISO 200.

Photo of Cleveland, OH © Alex Trejo, made with the Sigma 10-20 F4-5.6 lens. 1/320 F11 ISO 200.

Alex was born in raised in Philadelphia. He studied architecture and worked in that field for about a decade before he realized that his hobby of photography was actually more of a passion. This realization conveniently coincided with a major slowdown in building and found the freedom to forge a new career path. He took a photography class at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and looked for every opportunity to create a body of work and show it.  After exhibiting in local coffee shops, events and galleries, an opportunity came up to take over a gallery in the city. Having one’s own gallery to present and sell work, constantly seeing the response from strangers walking in, and even supporting and exhibiting other artists’, was an invaluable experience. Currently, Alex works with a local firm, DS Creative, photographing homes and portraits for Real Estate professionals in Northern Virginia, as well as other freelance architectural work with DC area architects and engineers.

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06.30.2015

Editor’s Note: A few years back, we first came to notice the outstanding work Liam Doran was creating with the Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM on Facebook. We invited him to be a Fan Photo of the Week contributor for one of these shots, which then turned into series of guest blog postings. This year, Liam has officially joined the elite Sigma Pro team. His work with this constant-aperture ultrawide zoom lens shows a mastery of the wide-angle format for capturing the spirit and energy of a subject and situation.

1/800 sec. f8.0 ISO 400 at 10mm on Canon 7D with off camera flash.  From top to bottom and foreground to background there is a lot for the eye to see in this image.  That is the beauty of a wide angle like the 10-20 f3.5 EX DC HSM to put an athlete in an environment.

1/800 sec. f8.0 ISO 400 at 10mm on Canon 7D with off camera flash. From top to bottom and foreground to background there is a lot for the eye to see in this image. That is the beauty of a wide angle like the 10-20 f3.5 EX DC HSM to put an athlete in an environment.

 

For many photographers their first camera is typically a crop sensor camera.  This is because they are generally less expensive, and more compact than their full frame counterparts.  Additionally most of these entry level or even mid level cameras come paired with a kit lens like an 18-55, 28-135 or even 24-105.  And while this is a great place to start your lens collection you will soon notice that you are missing the “big picture”. And what I mean by this of course is  the wide angle view for taking it all in.  Enter the Sigma 10-20 f3.5.  On a crop sensor camera like the Canon 7DMKII or Nikon D7200 the Sigma 10-20 f3.5 will convert to either a 16mm-33mm or 15mm-30mm, respectively.  And unlike a fisheye lens, the 10-20 f3.5 is rectilinear meaning that it won’t distort straight lines while taking in very wide fields of view which is great for landscape, event and editorial photographers! Here’s a sampling of outdoor and adventure images made with this outstanding ultrawide!

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06.29.2015

Sigma Pro Judy Host offers great tips for photographing children, from Maternity through teen years in this new video series.

This episode covers children 2-5 years old and how to bring out their personalities.

Watch the series

Introduction

Episode 1: Maternity Sessions

Episode 2: Babies and Toddlers

Episode 3: Toddlers

06.26.2015

Last year, Sigma announced a pair of zoom lenses for full-frame cameras, the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports and 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary.  With identical focal lengths and apertures, and advanced feature sets including the Sigma-exclusive lens customization, these two new champion zoom lenses share a significant amount of DNA. So, what is the difference between the Sports and Contemporary version of the Sigma 150-600mm zoom lenses?

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens has a removable tripod collar. When the collar is removed, there is a rubberized ring that slides into place to cover the mounting bolts for a better hand-held experience. Sigma is rethinking lenses. From the innovative zoom lock at all marked focal distances, to lens customization for AF speed, custom focus limiter and more, the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary is a fantastic hyper-tele zoom lens designed with an eye on portability and performance.

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens has a removable tripod collar. When the collar is removed, there is a rubberized ring that slides into place to cover the mounting bolts for a better hand-held experience. Sigma is rethinking lenses. From the innovative zoom lock at all marked focal distances, to lens customization for AF speed, custom focus limiter and more, the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary is a fantastic hyper-tele zoom lens designed with an eye on portability and performance.

The short answer can be summarized as such: three pounds, weather-sealing, and around nine hundred bucks. Yes, the Sports version is built like a tank. It is heavier with an aluminum alloy barrel, and it has a much more weatherized build, and it has an optical configuration with 24 elements in 16 groups and a larger front element (105mm thread diameter). And the higher price reflects these changes.

The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports hyper-telephoto zoom lens is built on an aluminum alloy barrel, and is designed for performance in the most demanding conditions.

The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports hyper-telephoto zoom lens is built on an aluminum alloy frame, and is designed for performance in the most demanding conditions.

The Contemporary version has a different optical configuration (20 elements in 16 groups) and accepts 95mm front filters. Between the smaller diameter lens groupings and the barrel being composed of thermally stable composite, it is noticeably lighter at just over four pounds. True, it lacks the squall-braving sealing of the Sports version, but it does offer a water and oil resistant front element and gasketing at the camera mount; and is fully compatible with a variety of aftermarket rain sleeves for tougher conditions.

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06.23.2015

Absolutely!

©2015 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport with the new Sigma TC-2001 2x teleconverter | Camera: Canon 1D Mark 3 body |Focal length: 600mm | Aperture: f/7.1 | Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec. | ISO 800 with Center Weighted Average Metering

©2015 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport with the new Sigma TC-2001 2x teleconverter | Camera: Canon 1D Mark 3 body |Focal length: 600mm | Aperture: f/7.1 | Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec. | ISO 800 with Center Weighted Average Metering

In part 1 of the relevance of teleconverters, I discussed the using the new Sigma TC-1401 1.4x teleconverter out in Bosque Del Apache NWR with the new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports.  In this post, I will cover using the new Sigma TC-2001 2x Teleconverter. All images were photographed hand held.

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06.09.2015

In my last photo dog blog, I demonstrated how Sigma’s newest prime, the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art lens, is effective in focusing on and freezing the action of active dogs. This time around, I’m slowing things down a bit, using the same glass with a still subject and utilizing the lens’s ultra-wide aperture for shallow depth-of-field.

On a sunny spring day, I headed out to photograph Rowan with Sigma’s new super-fast 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A. Using the lens wide open, I focused on her eyes and let the plants, trees, and rhododendron fall out-of-focus behind. Even the sunny spots in the forest, nicely out-of-focus, provide a fine backdrop. Nikon D800E, Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens at f/1.4, 1/200 sec., ISO 100. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

On a sunny spring day, I headed out to photograph Rowan with Sigma’s new super-fast 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A. Using the lens wide open, I focused on her eyes and let the plants, trees, and rhododendron fall out-of-focus behind. Even the sunny spots in the forest, nicely out-of-focus, provide a fine backdrop. Nikon D800E, Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens at f/1.4, 1/200 sec., ISO 100. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

One effective way to create stunning portraits, whether of humans or pets, is to use a wide aperture, focusing on the subject’s eyes and letting the background fall smoothly out-of-focus. To demonstrate this technique, I found a location where a number of potentially distracting elements would be visible behind Rowan, namely grass, taller plants, tree trunks, branches, and leaves, and a brightly-colored, flowering rhododendron. To make these picture elements even more distracting, full sun was hitting parts but not all of the background. I specifically chose complex background elements to show how portraiture shot at f/1.4 or f/2 can turn distractions into pleasing parts of a well-planned picture.

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06.01.2015

Whether as a gift for your favorite dad, or recent grad, or for yourself before a big summer adventure, there’s great Sigma gear for everyone’s photographic style!

The best camera lenses for the beach

17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM | Contemporary

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Covering wide to short telephoto, this zoom lens is perfect for switching for wide scenes to closer portraits, at the height of day. And with a faster maximum aperture at all focal lengths than the typical kit lens; it’s also perfect for twilight portraiture and nightscapes. Offered at $399 through June 30th on Instant Savings!

18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM | Contemporary

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This high zoom ratio lens covers a lot of focal distance without ever having to change lenses, perfect for sandy, mist-sprayed seasides. From wide angle to supertele with a flick of the wrist, it can take in the whole of the beach one instant, and then fill the frame with surfers on the waves, or birds on the rocks.

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06.01.2015

At Sigma, we do one thing. Photography. This aspect of us is something that we truly pride ourselves on. There are no microscopes, security cameras, or printers in our lineup; our passion is pure photography. The dedication to this craft shows in many forms, from the testing of each individual Global Vision lens before shipping to our customer service employees who are always striving to help as much as possible. Supporting emerging artists is another aspect of Sigma that we have a strong commitment to. We understand you have a vision and we are here to support it. Below are a few programs and artists whose passion and dedication we are honored to help showcase to the world.

PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers

The 16th annual program showcasing 30 emerging photographers who are changing the industry with their creative and stunning visual work.

PDN30

The Giving Lens

An organization dedicated to working with local communities and non-profits in developing countries to bring to light not only social and environmental issues but also the world around us.

Photo by

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06.01.2015

Our Sigma SuperFan for June is Kathy Wall, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Kathy became a Sigma SuperFan a few years ago during the NC4 Convention in Creston, Iowa, after trying out the 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art lens. Here’s a part of her essay that really stood out:

 Approximately 1  1/2 years ago, I attended a convention named N4C held in Creston, IA. I had never purchased a Sigma lens prior to the convention. I had several questions so the Rep spent time educating me on the Sigma products. He was very professional and knowledgeable. I could tell he felt Sigma was top of the line equipment.

Kathy Wall of White Bear Lake, MN is our Sigma SuperFan for June!

Kathy Wall of White Bear Lake, MN is our Sigma SuperFan for June!

 Tell us about yourself

I have lived most of my life in Minnesota. I love the four seasons and the opportunities they bring for photography. I have been married to my husband for 35 years and we have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a handsome 5 year old grandson. I worked at a large retailer for 26 years in the Finance Dept. I retired 9 years ago and bought my first DSLR camera with the money I received as a retirement gift.

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05.29.2015

Sigma Pro Judy Host offers great tips for photographing children, from Maternity through teen years in this new video series.

This episode covers babies and toddlers, including sleeping babies, smiling toddlers and more!

 

Watch the series

Introduction

Episode 1: Maternity Sessions

Episode 2: Babies and Toddlers

Episode 3: Toddlers (this episode)

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