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05.26.2015

In the first episode, Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum provides great advice on how to take a good bed posing photo with the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens.

Boudoir Photography Session 1: How to Take a Good Bed Posing Photo from Sigma Corporation of America on Vimeo.

Below are the end result photos from this photo shoot:

© 2015 Jen Rozenbaum

© 2015 Jen Rozenbaum

© 2015 Jen Rozenbaum

© 2015 Jen Rozenbaum

© 2015 Jen Rozenbaum

© 2015 Jen Rozenbaum

Check back each month for a new episode!

Jen Rozenbaum’s Boudoir Photography Sessions:

05.26.2015

Introducing a new educational video series from Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum about boudoir photography! Jen is here to provide instruction on posing, lighting, wardrobe, shooting any woman in any scenario and many more!

Boudoir Photography Sessions: Introduction from Sigma Corporation of America on Vimeo.

Check back each month for a new video!

05.12.2015

Hawaii and the north shore of Oahu has to be one of the greatest places on the planet for the size consistency and quality of the surf. In December I was lucky to be there with the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports for a chance to shoot one of the first real swells of the 2014-2015 winter.

The lens is really is one of the best lenses I have ever used in Hawaii. Handheld or on a tripod this lens performs. Check out some of my favorite images from this trip below. If you have any questions or comments be sure to share ‘em in the comments section.

Wide open backdoor pipe barrel. Specular highlights on the water surface are always a tough challenge for a telephoto lens, the 150-600mm lens really shows a complete lack of chromatic aberrations in this image.

© 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length:  550mm | ISO 160, Manual mode with Auto-ISO.

© 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length:  550mm | ISO 160, Manual mode with Auto-ISO.

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05.05.2015

Creating Sports Banners

Walking in to the gym at our local high school, you can’t help but notice the two 20 foot wide by 6 foot tall vinyl sports banners of both the boys and girls varsity basketball teams. I’ve received numerous comments on them including one person who said, “As soon as I entered the gym, I knew it was a ‘Chesler’ image.”

It’s a marketing jackpot that pays for itself over and over in exposure to other teams and high school seniors for their portrait sessions. In this blog post I will go over how I got the job, how I shot it, how I created it and the sales I made from it.

© 2015 Steve Chesler

© 2015 Steve Chesler

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05.02.2015

We are pleased to announce Richard Bagdonas, of Jacksonville, Florida as our May #SigmaSuperFan.  Here is an excerpt from his entry that we really liked!

“Coming recently back into the photography field after a long hiatus, I started myself off with a camera class to introduce me back and also learn more about DSLRs. Working with my kit lenses, I immediately knew that I was quickly going to outgrow them, so I started researching.

One of my instructors lent me her lens during one outing and I quickly found my first Sigma lens, my 18-250mm. This lens proved to be a great addition to my camera bag, and stayed on the camera almost always. As I practiced more, shot more, and started focusing to the type of photography that I primarily enjoy (landscapes, cityscapes, and nature) I went back to the researching and happily chose the next member of the family to join us, my 17-70 2.8-4. I cannot begin to express just how much I love this lens. I have shot from sunrise to deep sky with it and have yet to find a time I wasn’t happy with the shots it took. It is my primary walking lens now.

Now that my son has joined in and adopted the 18-250, I know that I will have to start looking for another lens to pair with my 17-70! I have been very happy with Sigma and they will always be a contender for my lens choices. I enjoy finding a company that I can trust in their quality, service and product & stay a life long advocate of them. Thank you Sigma for bringing me into the family!”

Richard Bagdonas of Jacksonville, Florida, is our May Sigma SuperFan! This photo was made by his son, Daniel.

Richard Bagdonas of Jacksonville, Florida, is our May Sigma SuperFan! This photo was made by his son, Daniel.

 

Richard is a passionate hobbyist, who first got into photography with a 35mm film camera many years ago. After a long break, he got back into digital photography about three years ago when his son, Daniel, purchased him a DSLR kit as a father’s day gift. He’s got the 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro and 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM | Contemporary lenses in his bag, while his son has just picked up the 150-500mm F5-6.3 as well! We had a great conversation with Richard about his photography.

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05.01.2015

When it comes to all around versatility, there’s no other type of lens that packs as much creative and compositional flexibility into a compact package as the high-zoom ratio multi-purpose zoom lens. If you want to travel seriously light, but pack a lens that can go from wide angle to telephoto with just a twist of the zoom ring, an all-in-one lens is the way to go. Sigma currently offers three all in ones, the 18-200mm, the 18-250mm, and the 18-300mm.

All in one zoom lenses maximize the possibilities of variable aperture zoom lens design to cover a great focal range in as compact a package as possible. While the size, weight and total zoom ratio varies slightly between each of these camera lenses, each lens offers fantastic performance across a wide zoom range, effortlessly switching from a sweeping field of view to the long-reach pinpointing of a distant detail.

All in one lenses cover a very wide range of focal lengths, from wide angle to telephoto. The top image is at 18mm and the bottom image at 250mm. These lenses are designed with an eye towards maximizing versatility in a very compact design.

All in one lenses cover a very wide range of focal lengths, from wide angle to telephoto. The top image is at 18mm and the bottom image at 250mm. These lenses are designed with an eye towards maximizing versatility in a very compact design.

High zoom ratio lens design has evolved significantly in the past couple of decades, and the total image quality throughout the focal range has benefitted greatly. In fact, in 2012, respected photography site DPReview said they thought the Sigma 18-250mm was the “best-rounded general-purpose SLR lens currently on the market.”

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05.01.2015

I had the chance to explore the desert with the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art Series lens.  About 30 miles outside of Las Vegas, Nevada lies a town that is not on any maps.  Nelson, Nevada is a former gold mining town in Eldorado Canyon.  Filled with old cars, trucks, gas pumps, and barns, this was the perfect place to give the new 35mm lens a workout.

© 2015 Ryan Brown

© 2015 Ryan Brown

Making a commitment to a prime (fixed focal length) lens, requires dedication to the art of seeing and creating with what is in front of you at one focal length.  The slightly wider than normal 35mm F1.4 lens is a great length to capture the personality of an area while still having the ability to walk in to get details.

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04.28.2015

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!

© 2015 Robert O'Toole | Bi-color-damselfly.  Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro, Nikon  D810, manual mode | Shutter speed: 1/200 sec | Aperture: f/11 | ISO 200, single SBR200 flash, flash diffuser, Acratech GP ball head on Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod. 5 image stack.

© 2015 Robert O’Toole | Bi-color-damselfly. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro, Nikon D810, manual mode | Shutter speed: 1/200 sec | Aperture: f/11 | ISO 200, single SBR200 flash, flash diffuser, Acratech GP ball head on Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod. 5 image stack.

© 2015 Robert O'Toole | 100% crop view of the image above.

© 2015 Robert O’Toole | 100% crop view of the image above.

Breezes made these images pretty difficult but the use of flash really helped stop movement and bring out all the sharpness the Sigma 150mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Macro was able to deliver.

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04.27.2015

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!

Check back each month for a new episode!

Judy babies

Watch the series

Introduction

Episode 1: Maternity Sessions

Episode 2: Babies and Toddlers (this video)

04.24.2015

Inspiration is everything in photography.  Most photographers didn’t get into photography because we loved sitting behind a computer or because we loved sitting in a darkroom.  We got into photography because we saw something that inspired us.  Whether that was a National Geographic Magazine article that took us first-hand into some remote part of the world or because we grew up next to a father or grandfather that taught us about the craft, there was something that inspired us.

© 2015 Ryan Brown

© 2015 Ryan Brown

As a portrait photographer I find it particularly important to find something that balances work with pleasure.   After day-in-day-out photographing for clients, it is important to re-ignite our inner passion for photography.  I remember as a child looking at the National Geographic Magazine and wondering what it would be like to travel the world and interact with these different cultures that they document.   This was the inner fire that drove me to become a photographer.

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