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07.26.2016
© 2016 Roman Kurywczak | Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art at f/16 for 1/5 second at ISO 320.

© 2016 Roman Kurywczak | Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art at f/16 for 1/5 second at ISO 320.

Growing up in NJ, surrounded by tall oaks and other deciduous trees, I found the red rocks of the desert country simply mesmerizing.  The colors are just incredible and I return year after year with one of my tours, now focusing mainly on night photography, but we never miss a sunrise or sunset opportunity, as the light is just magical. What I really like about landscape shoots is that I can pack relatively light bringing with me two camera bodies and my Sigma 12-24mm  F4.5-5.6 DG HSM, 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art, 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, and for the first time the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art.  This group of lenses would allow me to capture every situation that I would encounter day or night.

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07.21.2016

In the final third part of the Boudoir Video Series, Sigma Pro James Schmelzer uses low-key lighting to create beautiful portraits.

Check out some of  James’ end result images after the jump! 

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07.14.2016

I am an amateur photographer that lives on Long Island NY.  I got my first DSLR in 2012 and picked up a used Sigma 120-400mm zoom shortly after.  Here is one of my favorite shots with that lens,which I still have!

© 2016 Mike Busch | Nikon D5100 and Sigma 120-400mm

© 2016 Mike Busch | Nikon D5100 and Sigma 120-400mm

As time went on I started sharing my photography on Facebook and Twitter and started to see a lot of engagement.  It seems a lot of people that have left Long Island still miss it,and my photography helps bring back a lot of fond memories.  I also was starting to field a lot of equipment questions and started extolling what I liked about Sigma lenses:  quality and affordability.   I started identifying the lens used in many of my landscape and wildlife shots and realized people were following my advice.

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07.12.2016

The stiffness in my back and legs from 15 hours in coach was a small price to pay considering I was on my way to photographic heaven. My flight was taking me non-stop from Atlanta all the way to Johannesburg to catch a charter fight to an airstrip on a private conservation area adjacent to the 7,500 plus square miles of Kruger National Park. For the next 10 days I would be shooting in a place with unlimited photographic opportunities so good its like nowhere else on earth.

© 2016 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600 sports lens and Nikon D810 and D500, handheld.

© 2016 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600 sports lens and Nikon D810 and D500, handheld.

Over the course of 10 days we had the opportunities to photography 11 different leopards and 6 different cubs. These are 3 of the six the young leopards had the pleasure to photograph on the tour. The cub on the right has a red nose from gorging on an impala that was brought back by its mother.

The area that I visited on my tour is special and known for the large number of habituated leopards found there. Since very few photographers even know of this area there is a lack of crowds and other photographers. Another important advantage here is that this area is a private nature reserve so off-road driving is no problem at all, anyone that has experiences the on-road only Serengeti or the Maasi Mara knows how priceless off-road capability is for making good images.

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07.06.2016
© 2016 Lisa Sellge | Hannah Preston as The Snow Queen reigns over her snowflakes in North County Academy of Dance’s annual performance of The Nutcracker in Bonsall, CA

© 2016 Lisa Sellge | Hannah Preston as The Snow Queen reigns over her snowflakes in North County Academy of Dance’s annual performance of The Nutcracker in Bonsall, CA

Dancers are Sensitive Perfectionists

As their photographer, you must catch them at their finest moments. It doesn’t matter if you’re shooting a professional troupe or the neighborhood dance school production. They are all like this. In order to reflect, through your photographs, the blood, sweat and tears that go into a dance production, you must have an understanding of the movement, lines and timing of the dance. Unlike shooting a live sporting event, the movement of dancers is defined by the choreography. This lack of randomness is a happy thing for you.

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06.30.2016

Summer is a great time to hit the road and make amazing memories and fantastic photos! Wherever your trail leads, Sigma has a lens that is perfect for your vacation style!

To the beach, to the lakes, to the mountains, Sigma has a lens that's perfect for your vacation style!

To the beach, to the lakes, to the mountains! Sigma has a lens that’s perfect for your vacation style.

 

The best camera lenses for the beaches, bays, and lakes

All-in-one All-Star

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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. Optical Stabilizer keeps shots sharp at slower shutter speeds, meaning you can skip the tripod in many situations. Adding to its versatility is its close-up abilities, offering 1:2 magnification with the free close-up adapter, perfect for details of starfish, sandcrabs, and details of the most amazing shells. Currently offered at $499 for the lens, AML72-01 close-up filter, this is the best bargain one-lens solution around!

Travel with the 18-300mm | C lens!

Beaches, Boardwalks, and Fireworks: Day and Night specialist

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The 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS Macro HSM | Contemporary is a serious upgrade to the standard kit lens. The fast-aperture design makes is perfect for seascapes, seaside portraiture, and boardwalk action shots both day and night, including fireworks. And 1:3 macro for closeups adds to the versatility.

See the 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 in action at the beach here!

Great Fireworks Tips and Tricks!

Best lens for Birders on a budget

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The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens is a full-frame supertelephoto zoom lens with Sigma’s incredible, exclusive feature set including lens customization for AF speed, focus limiters, and zoom lock at all marked focal lengths. Offered at just $989 on Instant Savings through August 31st, this lens delivers outstanding long-reach imagery of shorebirds, windsurfers, sailboats and other seaside subjects. Want even more reach? Bundle it with the 1.4 teleconverter and save fifty buck off buying each separately!

Terns on the beach, as seen through the 150-600mm Contemporary lens. 1/1250 F8 ISO 400 at 600mm on a 6D.

Terns on the beach, as seen through the 150-600mm Contemporary lens. 1/1250 F8 ISO 400 at 600mm on a 6D.

Learn why this lightweight supertele is a game-changer for all-day long-reach photography!

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06.30.2016
© 2016  Jim Koepnick | Full prop circle shooting at 1/80th of a second and finding the correct light angle. A clean, darker background like a lake makes it easier to see the full prop circle.

© 2016 Jim Koepnick | Full prop circle shooting at 1/80th of a second and finding the correct light angle. A clean, darker background like a lake makes it easier to see the full prop circle.

Each aviation photographer has their individual passion. Air show. Warbirds. Airliners. But I think in almost every aviation photographer is the common passion to want to shoot an airplane air to air. Maybe it’s the ultimate expression of vision and equipment in the ultimate aviation environment. And it’s achievable with your mind on safety, technique, and the right equipment.

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06.28.2016
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SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art

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The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens, the world’s first full-frame f/2 zoom lens, is the perfect landscape lens. Sharp, contrasty, and amazingly rugged in its build, this constant-aperture, professionally built f/2 zoom replaces the three fast primes most often used in landscape photography—24mm, 28mm, and 35mm—saving you money in your pocket and space in your bag, all the while providing exceptional optical performance.

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06.22.2016

In Part two of the Boudoir Video Workshop,  Sigma Pro James Schmelzer demonstrates bed posing technique with constant lights. James gives great advice on paying attention to detail, so check it out!  He uses the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens for this shooting session.

Also check out James’ video on basic etiquette on how to work with models!

Don’t forget to check out his first post on lighting!

06.21.2016


If you are interested in a crash-course in pro-caliber bird and wildlife photography, you can’t go wrong with this great presentation from Sigma Pro Roman Kurywczak from B&H’s Optic 2016: A Paradigm Shift in Birding Photography. It’s 40 minutes, which—we know—is like FOREVER in internet time, but it truly is time well spent to see what is now possible with bird photography in 2016 thanks to incredible advances in both DSLR performance and modern compact superteles like the Sigma 150-600mm Sports and Contemporary lenses.

© 2016 Roman Kurywczak | Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary handheld on boat at ISO 800 f/7.1 for 1/2500 sec. @421mm

© 2016 Roman Kurywczak | Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary handheld on boat at ISO 800 f/7.1 for 1/2500 sec. @421mm

 

Photography After Dark: Night Sky Photography and Aerial Photography


And be sure to check out Roman’s Photography After Dark Presentation as well for great tips on night sky photography, cityscapes at night from the ground and from helicopters, and more!