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07.02.2012

Fireworks and Bright Lights in the Night for the Fourth of July and Beyond by Jack Howard

The fundamentals of making great fireworks photos remain the same today as back in the film days when I made this shot on Dec 31, 1999 with my trusty Sigma 17-35 F2.8-4.0 Ultrawide zoom on a Canon EOS A2 loaded with Kodak Vericolor ISO 100 film. I had originally set myself up on the boardwalk above the sand, but as more and more people showed up, there was serious bounce in the boards, so I moved to the sand instead. Looking at the stillness of the silhouetted people in the frame, you can tell these were a lot of rockets launched at the same time, with a relatively short (1-2 second) exposure.

The fourth of July means many things, and for photographers, one of the most exciting and challenging aspects of this holiday is capturing amazing photos of fireworks. The bright lights in the night paint the sky with multi-colored flames in a way that can be spectacular to witness and capture with your camera. And while it may seem that fireworks–and articles about how to capture fireworks with your DSLR–only appear for a few nights in early July, there are actually tons of nights from coast to coast all summer long when the skies are illuminated with fireworks.

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06.15.2012

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM: First Impressions with Walter Arnold

For this shot I borrowed some brushes from local Water Color artist Sterling Edwards, who also works in acrylics. He lent me some of his brushes as well as a painter's pallet to photograph for this shoot. I laid a few of the brushes on the pallet next to a colorful dollop  of ink. After spending a good deal of time lighting the brushes with traditional lighting techniques, I broke out my trusty mag lite flashlight and used it to provide a very focused light from the side which made for a dramatic and textured image.    F22 0.4s ISO100  250mm Manual. ©2012 Walter Arnold.

Pro Photographer Walter Arnold has been shooting new ad campaign shots with the new Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM on the sly for the past few weeks. We spent a few minutes talking with him about his experiences with this amazing new superzoom. For full press release and technical specifications click here.

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06.01.2012

Beachscapes

Spots where sand, sea, and sky come together offer certain challenges to photographers, but the results can be so amazingly rewarding. Conditions can change quickly as the sun hides behind a cloud, and conditions most certainly change slowly as the tides sink and rise and the sun and moon dance across the sky. The same patch of sea may be mirror calm and reflecting golden light, or it may be a churn of furious waves. Fogs, mists, and wind-whipped sand can make for gorgeous images even as they fool camera meters. There’s a world of possibilities waiting to be captured along these edges, whenever you visit, and with whatever Sigma lens you’ve got in your bag.

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05.01.2012

The Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM for Fantastic Family Photography

The Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM is available in many popular lens mounts for APS-C DSLRs.

The May 2012 issues of Parenting and Popular Photography magazines feature our new advertisement for the Sigma 18-250 F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM all-in-one lens featuring a lovely shot of a mother and daughter sitting together on a footbridge above a waterfall and creek in the woods. This versatile lens is a great addition to the camera kit of family photographers as it is compact, lightweight covers a great focal range, and has Optical Stabilizer for making sharp shots in low light without a tripod. To help you learn more about this nimble lens that’s as comfortable shooting wide angle landscapes and big group portraits at 18mm as well as distant birds and your little superstars in sports action, we’ve put together a cool package of blog postings to how you what this lens is all about. And if you’ve still got any questions or need more information, leave a comment here (or on any of the related stories) and we’ll try to respond as soon as we can.

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04.30.2012

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Features and Functions Demo Video

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Features and Functions Demo Video. This 13.8x all in one zoom lens is great for traveling light while being ready for making great photos from wide angle landscapes to telephoto wildlife captures.

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04.30.2012

Family Photo Tips with the Sigma 18-250mm zoom lens from Walter Arnold

The image in this advertisement is especially meaningful to photographer Walter Arnold, as the models are his new wife and stepdaughter.

Walter Arnold, the photographer who made the lovely image of his wife and stepdaughter in our recent advertisement for the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM 13.8X zoom lens featured in Parenting and Popular Photography magazines spent a few minutes talking with us about his experiences with this versatile all-in-one zoom lens. He also shares great advice for making your own amazing family memories.

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04.02.2012

The Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN is an Instant Classic

An Instant Classic: The Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN is designed for both still and video shooting on Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount cameras.

Now that I’ve spent a few weeks with the Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN paired with my trusty Olympus E-PL2, I can report that this has quickly become one of my favorite lenses for my Micro Four Thirds cameras for making both stills and videos.

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03.23.2012

Introducing Sigma’s Fan Photo of the Week

Here is Robert Lopshire's "Ice Queen" photograph, which is our first Fan Photo of the Week. Images must still look strong when cropped to the Facebook "Cover Photo" dimensions.

When Facebook recently announced that business pages would be switching over to Timeline, we realized this would be a great opportunity for Sigma Corporation of America to showcase fantastic photos each week created by our amazingly talented fans! Each week, we will be featuring a new Fan Photo of the week here on the Sigma blog, and on the Sigma Corporation of America Facebook page.

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03.01.2012

Why Upgrading to the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM is a Wise Business Decision

For APS-C shooters, the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM is a gigantic leap upwards in terms of overall performance compared to the variable aperture standard zoom kit lenses shipped with so many DSLRs.

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02.08.2012

The vision and passion of Dick Merrill

Today, Sigma officially launches three new digital cameras, the Sigma SD1 Merill, the DP1 Merill, and the DP2 Merrill. Each of these cameras wears the name “Merrill” in honor and recognition of the passion, drive and vision of Richard “Dick” Merrill, a founding father of the Foveon sensor that is at the heart of Sigma’s Digital cameras.

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