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Insect Macro Photography with the Sigma 150mm F2.8 DG Macro Lens

Earlier this year I was lucky to be able escape the winter time temps at home and make a quick getaway to Asia. My stopover is located close to the equator and only has one season, hot and humid, with temps averaging 87 degrees year round with lots of rain. This might sound unpleasant but for insects and plants its just about perfect. The macro photography opportunities in equatorial Asia are almost mind boggling sometimes!



Working With Children Video Series: Babies and Toddlers

Judy babies

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!



How to Photograph Your Dog #12 – Fast Dog, Fast Prime

We loaded Rowan in the Suby and headed down to Pleasant Hill Lake, which was swelling higher and higher with spring rain. A lakeside campground had become partially inundated with water—a great place to let our pooch swim.

I dialed up my D800E to ISO 1600, which, in the late day sun, allowed me to shoot at f/8 at 1/2000 second. This gave me moderately strong depth-of-field and a shutter speed fast enough to stop Rowan running, splashing, and swimming as she retrieved sticks.



Made In Japan Part II with the Sigma 150-600mm Sports

The highlight of any winter time trip to Japan has to be the Japanese red-crowned crane which has the distinction of being not only the rarest crane in the world but also the largest and heaviest on average.



Made In Japan, Part I with the Sigma 150-600mm Sports

Winter is my favorite time of the year to visit Japan and it’s unique wildlife surrounded by unreal snow-covered landscapes. During my annual Japan wildlife tour we always spend a couple of days with the world famous snow monkeys at the volcanic hot springs in the Nagano area.



I Went to a Hockey Game and a Roller Derby Match Broke Out

Shooting hockey tournaments on a regular basis, I consider myself a seasoned veteran on the ins and outs of shooting hockey, such as keeping the equipment up and running in cold rinks and how to adjust for the challenging lighting situations. As experienced as I am with these, I still feel I was caught a little off guard when I agreed to shoot the Great Lakes Girls Hockey League Playoff Tournament at an outdoor twin rink complex in Buffalo in late February.



How to Photograph Your Dog #11 – Wiener Dogs

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



Why the 24-105mm F4 | A Is THE Ideal Wedding Lens

© 2015 Jim Schmelzer

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

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.



First Impressions: Sigma 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

I finally got a chance to get my hands on the Sigma 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary while I was down in Ft. Myers for the Florida Camera Club Councils annual conference. I had a ½ day free before and after the conference and I was eager to get out and put the lens through its paces and compare its performance against the Sigma 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM | Sport version.



Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in the Field

In Dec I was able to get my hands on a Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Nikon mount for short tour at one of the most famous bird photography spots in the US, Bosque del Apache. The first thing I noticed about this lens is the compact size, for a 600mm lens, its about the same size as one of my favorites, the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S lens. The lens weighs just over 6 pounds so it is a lot lighter, by about 2.5 lbs than my 500mm f/4 prime lens, or about 5 pounds less than a 600mm f/4 lens so its definitely easy to handle, even for handholding. The lens is compact and light enough to make hand-holding possible for most people after some time with the lens.