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06.09.2015

In my last photo dog blog, I demonstrated how Sigma’s newest prime, the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art lens, is effective in focusing on and freezing the action of active dogs. This time around, I’m slowing things down a bit, using the same glass with a still subject and utilizing the lens’s ultra-wide aperture for shallow depth-of-field.

On a sunny spring day, I headed out to photograph Rowan with Sigma’s new super-fast 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A. Using the lens wide open, I focused on her eyes and let the plants, trees, and rhododendron fall out-of-focus behind. Even the sunny spots in the forest, nicely out-of-focus, provide a fine backdrop. Nikon D800E, Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens at f/1.4, 1/200 sec., ISO 100. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

On a sunny spring day, I headed out to photograph Rowan with Sigma’s new super-fast 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A. Using the lens wide open, I focused on her eyes and let the plants, trees, and rhododendron fall out-of-focus behind. Even the sunny spots in the forest, nicely out-of-focus, provide a fine backdrop. Nikon D800E, Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens at f/1.4, 1/200 sec., ISO 100. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

One effective way to create stunning portraits, whether of humans or pets, is to use a wide aperture, focusing on the subject’s eyes and letting the background fall smoothly out-of-focus. To demonstrate this technique, I found a location where a number of potentially distracting elements would be visible behind Rowan, namely grass, taller plants, tree trunks, branches, and leaves, and a brightly-colored, flowering rhododendron. To make these picture elements even more distracting, full sun was hitting parts but not all of the background. I specifically chose complex background elements to show how portraiture shot at f/1.4 or f/2 can turn distractions into pleasing parts of a well-planned picture.

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06.01.2015

Whether as a gift for your favorite dad, or recent grad, or for yourself before a big summer adventure, there’s great Sigma gear for everyone’s photographic style!

The best camera lenses for the beach

17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM | Contemporary

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Covering wide to short telephoto, this zoom lens is perfect for switching for wide scenes to closer portraits, at the height of day. And with a faster maximum aperture at all focal lengths than the typical kit lens; it’s also perfect for twilight portraiture and nightscapes. Offered at $399 through June 30th on Instant Savings!

18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM | Contemporary

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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.

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06.01.2015

At Sigma, we do one thing. Photography. This aspect of us is something that we truly pride ourselves on. There are no microscopes, security cameras, or printers in our lineup; our passion is pure photography. The dedication to this craft shows in many forms, from the testing of each individual Global Vision lens before shipping to our customer service employees who are always striving to help as much as possible. Supporting emerging artists is another aspect of Sigma that we have a strong commitment to. We understand you have a vision and we are here to support it. Below are a few programs and artists whose passion and dedication we are honored to help showcase to the world.

PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers

The 16th annual program showcasing 30 emerging photographers who are changing the industry with their creative and stunning visual work.

PDN30

The Giving Lens

An organization dedicated to working with local communities and non-profits in developing countries to bring to light not only social and environmental issues but also the world around us.

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06.01.2015

Our Sigma SuperFan for June is Kathy Wall, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Kathy became a Sigma SuperFan a few years ago during the NC4 Convention in Creston, Iowa, after trying out the 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art lens. Here’s a part of her essay that really stood out:

 Approximately 1  1/2 years ago, I attended a convention named N4C held in Creston, IA. I had never purchased a Sigma lens prior to the convention. I had several questions so the Rep spent time educating me on the Sigma products. He was very professional and knowledgeable. I could tell he felt Sigma was top of the line equipment.

Kathy Wall of White Bear Lake, MN is our Sigma SuperFan for June!

Kathy Wall of White Bear Lake, MN is our Sigma SuperFan for June!

 Tell us about yourself

I have lived most of my life in Minnesota. I love the four seasons and the opportunities they bring for photography. I have been married to my husband for 35 years and we have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a handsome 5 year old grandson. I worked at a large retailer for 26 years in the Finance Dept. I retired 9 years ago and bought my first DSLR camera with the money I received as a retirement gift.

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05.29.2015

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!

 

Watch the series

Introduction

Episode 1: Maternity Sessions

Episode 2: Babies and Toddlers

Episode 3: Toddlers (this episode)

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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

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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