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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.



Are Teleconverters Still Relevant in Today’s Photography?

I had the opportunity to return to Bosque del Apache NWR a few weeks ago to lead a workshop that was sponsored by Sigma Photo, the Friends of Bosque, and Hunt’s Photo and Video. This was going to be an intensive hands-on flight photography workshop and I was bringing with me the new Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport as well as the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sport. Why those lenses and not my beloved Sigmonster? Don’t worry, I don’t leave home without that lens but I was especially excited about testing the two shorter telephoto lenses with the brand new Sigma 1.4 and 2x teleconverters (TC).



Working With Children Video Series: Introduction


Introducing a new instructional video series from Sigma Pro Judy Host about making fantastic photographs of children, from maternity through teen years!



Working With Children Video Series: Maternity Sessions


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

This episode covers maternity sessions, for making photos before the baby arrives.



How to Photograph Your Dog #10 – Symmetry and Asymmetry in Action

Winter in Ohio has been splendid this year…if, of course, you like cold weather and snow. Rowan, our fox red […]



How to Photograph Your Dog: 9 – Polarizers for Perfect Pet Portraits

After a brisk cross-country ski with our fox red Lab pup Rowan, I decided to take a few snowy mug […]



How to Photograph Your Dog: 7 – A Matter of Perspective

With deep snow covering the hills here in Ohio, I couldn’t resist taking Rowan out for a romp in the white and fluffy. Grabbing a rope toy for Rowan to retrieve, we headed out to a nearby field.

My goal was to take action photos, high speed images of Rowan racing through the snow. Rowan’s ‘fox red’ coat looks especially good in early- or late-day sun, so, I took her out to a hilltop where the last golden rays were lighting things up. Generally speaking, dog action shots require shutter speeds of at least, say, 1/1000 second. That means that strong sun, medium to wide apertures, and medium to high ISO settings are often best.



How to Photograph Your Dog: 7 – Exposure: Photographing Your Beau in the Snow

The temps here in Ohio have dropped to below freezing, and a beautiful blanket of snow covers the ground—the perfect […]