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04.01.2015

We are pleased to announce Ed Ruth, of Bakersfield, California as our first #SigmaSuperFan! We were very impressed with Ed’s thoughtful approach the the question: “What makes you a Sigma SuperFan?”

Here’s our favorite quote:

“A lens must be more than a pathway for light, to capture my attention; it must have some motivation behind it and that is what I get from Sigma. I have no doubts that the people who engineer and assemble Sigma lenses have a sense of purpose and a drive to demonstrate a love of photograph and service to customers. I didn’t become a Sigma SuperFan out of blind devotion, I became devoted after using Sigma lenses and being pleasantly amazed at the results.”

Ed Ruth, Bakersfield, CA, is our first Sigma SuperFan.

Ed Ruth, from Bakersfield, CA, is our first Sigma SuperFan.

Now retired, Ed Ruth, worked for nearly three decades in the US Department of the Interior in eight different states as a Law Enforcement Ranger in the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. He’s published eBooks on building a custom home computer designed to work with today’s high resolution cameras, and he teaches a monthly photo workshops at his local camera store (learn more here.) . A long time photographer, he’s just recently become a #SigmaSuperFan, after purchasing the 10-20mm about two years ago.  He’s now added several more Sigma lenses to his kit, including the 50mm F1.4 | Art and the 18-35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art.

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04.01.2015

We are choosing a Sigma SuperFan winner every month from April to December. You could be the next! Enter for a chance to win by telling us what motivated you to buy a Sigma product.

Keep scrolling to see an overview of our winners.

April: Congrats to Sigma SuperFan Winner Ed Ruth

Now retired, Ed Ruth, worked for nearly three decades in the US Department of the Interior in eight different states as a Law Enforcement Ranger in the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. He’s published eBooks on building a custom home computer designed to work with today’s high resolution cameras, and he teaches a monthly photo workshops at his local camera store (learn more here.) . A long time photographer, he’s just recently become a #SigmaSuperFan, after purchasing the 10-20mm about two years ago.  He’s now added several more Sigma lenses to his kit, including the 50mm F1.4 | Art and the 18-35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art.

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04.01.2015

This week I point my camera toward a smaller breed. It’s one that’s popular with budget-minded pet owners. Today we’ll photograph wiener dogs, a German breed that dates back to at least 13th Century.

Initially I intended to photograph a neighbor’s wiener dog, but, the truth is, our family fell in love with these diminutive beauties, so we bought one. Or, more precisely, we bought a whole pack of them.

To begin my portrait project, I decided that I wanted to create some high key Curious Critters

My Dad loved his Dachshund as a boy, so we looked into wiener dogs. Turns out, they are much easier to photograph, not to mention care for, than Labs. Here is a high key ‘Curious Critters’ portrait of a single wiener dog. Nikon D800E, Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens at f/16, 1/250 sec., ISO 100. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

My Dad loved his Dachshund as a boy, so we looked into wiener dogs. Turns out, they are much easier to photograph, not to mention care for, than Labs. Here is a high key ‘Curious Critters’ portrait of a single wiener dog. Nikon D800E, Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens at f/16, 1/250 sec., ISO 100. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

I began with a wiener side view. In profile, its pleasant appearance is evident, and, with good lighting, it’s classic side burns shine.

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03.31.2015

Part I: Aspect Ratios and In-Camera Black and White

© 2015 Ryan Brown

© 2015 Ryan Brown

The Sigma DP Quattro series of cameras is a great camera for a number of reasons.  Not only is the camera one of the sharpest digital cameras on the market, but also purists will love it for its true film like qualities.

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03.27.2015

It can be a challenge to think of some great images when photographing weddings.  I have a couple signature images I always love though.

© 2015 Jim Schmelzer

© 2015 Jim Schmelzer

One if them is the Bride sitting on her bed holding her wedding dress.  First, I have her sit on the bed and cross her ankles.  I then bring the dress up to her and have her hold it.  I always make sure the dress is all smoothed out and fixed nicely.  I place her bouquet in a vase next to the bed for accent.  I like to try and suggest clothing for the Bride when doing this pose, as jeans are not classy enough.

Then we move on to the most important factor in creating this image; lighting!  I like to try and light it in a way that other photographers don’t, so my work stands out.  I place a spotlight on the Bride’s face and bounce a fill light in the room to give detail to the shadows.  I used my Canon 5D Mark III with a Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG HSM | Art lens at 24mm.  I set my exposure at F/13 at 100 ISO.

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