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.
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Episode 1: Maternity Sessions (this video)
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Winter in Ohio has been splendid this year…if, of course, you like cold weather and snow. Rowan, our fox red Labrador Retriever loves it, as does our sled-riding family! On a recent wintry afternoon, my wife and I, along with our kids, headed over to a nearby hillside, where we enjoyed the season’s best conditions for gliding downhill. All the while, I snapped away, frame after frame.
Using a medium telephoto zoom—in this case, a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM—I captured pictures of our kids racing pell-mell through the snow with Rowan alongside. I aimed to capture our children and their canine companion in all kinds of energetic and fun poses. On this brightly overcast day, I dialed up the ISO to 800 for some shots, and ISO 1600 for others. And I set the aperture fairly wide at f/5.6 so that I could shoot at super-fast shutter speeds. These ranged from 1/2000 second to 1/4000 second—high enough to fully freeze the action (as if things needed any more freezing!).
Rowan, our ‘fox red’ Labrador retriever, races ahead of our daughter Phoebe. Notice the asymmetry of this composition, which helps convey the chaos of sledding. Nikon D800E, Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens at 95mm. f/5.6, 1/2000 sec., ISO 800. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.
The results were all kinds of fun and interesting action shots. As I picked out some of my favorites, I noticed symmetry and/or asymmetry were influencing how viewers would interpret the images.
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Patrick Santucci and I had a few days to check out the first sample of the new 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens to arrive in the US, right before it was shipped off to WPPI for the big show.
Along the Brooklyn waterfront. 30 second exposure at F11 at ISO 100 on the Canon 6D by Patrick Santucci.
The widest full-frame Art lens released to date, this lens takes in 84 degrees for sweeping views.
100% detail of the frame above.
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Introducing Sigma Vision magazine!
Welcome to the premiere issue of Sigma Vision, the new biannual magazine from Sigma Corporation of America, featuring inspiring imagery and great technical advice!
We’ve got great advice for adventure sports photography from Liam Doran, birding tips from Lisa Franceski, art show tips from Walter Arnold, and much more! You can read the magazine online in the embedded viewer, or click on the Share icon from the reader to download as a PDF (screenshot below).
Please share with your friends, and please share your feedback and thoughts on the first issue of our new magazine!
© 2015 Liam Doran
This morning sun rises over the San Juan Mountains
of southwest Colorado bathing the deep snow on Coal Bank Pass in low angle light. I spent two days
skiing and shooting with local pro skier Sven Brunso. His knowledge of the area is extensive and was
critical in helping us capture some amazing shots.
Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM lens on a Canon
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After a brisk cross-country ski with our fox red Lab pup Rowan, I decided to take a few snowy mug shots her under a brilliant blue sky. With snow sticking to her whiskers, she was sure to produce a few good head shots.
Portrait of Rowan with a Sigma polarizer filter at maximum effect. Nikon D800E, Sigma 24- 105mm F4 DG (OS) HSM | A lens at 105mm. f/8, 1/60 sec., ISO 50. This RAW image was processed in Adobe Camera RAW to be as close to identical in terms of luminosity as the minimum polarizer photo directly below. All processing besides exposure was the same. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.
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