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03.27.2015

By 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.

© 2015 Jim Schmelzer

© 2015 Jim Schmelzer

One of 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.

Then we move on to the most important factor in creating this image- lighting!  I like to try and light it in a way that other photographers don’t, so my work stands out.  I place a spotlight on the Bride’s face and bounce a fill light in the room to give detail to the shadows.  I used my Canon 5D Mark III with a Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG HSM | Art lens at 24mm.  I set my exposure at F/13 at 100 ISO.

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03.27.2015
© 2015 Roman Kurywczak | SIGMA 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary and Canon 1D Mark 3 | Focal length: 531mm | Aperture: f/8 | Shutter speed: 1/3200 sec. | ISO 800 Hand Held

© 2015 Roman Kurywczak | SIGMA 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary and Canon 1D Mark 3 | Focal length: 531mm | Aperture: f/8 | Shutter speed: 1/3200 sec. | ISO 800 Hand Held

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.

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03.26.2015

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 hand-holding. The lens is compact and light enough to make hand-holding possible for most people after some time with the lens.

The lens is one of Sigma’s new Global Vision lens designs so its really reassuring to a professional to have the top level engineering, materials and construction in these lenses. The lens has a new tripod mount design, super sturdy metal lens hood metal and the lens is dust and splash-proof with new water & oil repellent coating on the front and rear glass elements. Time will tell but so far this new lens has proven to be at least as tough as my other Sigma lenses so it should stand up to professional use without any issues.

Pintails at sunrise. Bosque del Apache New Mexico main pool. | © 2015 Robert OToole | SIGMA 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and Nikon D810, 1/250 s, f/8, 280mm Auto ISO 900, EV 0, Manual mode, Jobu MK3 gimbal head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

Pintails at sunrise. Bosque del Apache New Mexico main pool. | © 2015 Robert OToole | SIGMA 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and Nikon D810, 1/250 s, f/8, 280mm Auto ISO 900, EV 0, Manual mode, Jobu MK3 gimbal head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

This lens really features a big improvement in the tripod mount design compared to older designs like the 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM and 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM. The lens tripod mount is super smooth and the design is great for handholding.  When you rest your palm on the foot the zoom ring is just the right distance away and easily within reach of your fingers. The new tripod foot has a removable lower portion, a first for Sigma, which is great news for quick release system users like me.

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03.24.2015
©2015 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport with the new Sigma 1.4 teleconverter | Camera: Canon 1D Mark 3 body |Focal length:  840mm | Aperture: f/9 | Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec. | ISO 800 Left AF point manually chosen with Center Weighted Average Metering

©2015 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport with the new Sigma 1.4 teleconverter | Camera: Canon 1D Mark 3 body |Focal length: 840mm | Aperture: f/9 | Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec. | ISO 800 Left AF point manually chosen with Center Weighted Average Metering

The simple answer is absolutely! In this 2-part blog I will review the performance of both the new Sigma 1.4x and 2x teleconverters (TC).

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03.23.2015

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

Utilizing a variety of Sigma lenses, Judy offers great insight for making powerful photos on location, and in the studio, along with post-processing tips and tricks.

Watch the series

Introduction (this video)

Episode 1: Maternity Sessions

Episode 2: Babies and Toddlers

 

Check back each month for a new episode!

Intro

03.23.2015

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.

Watch the series

Introduction

Episode 1: Maternity Sessions (this video)

Episode 2: Babies and Toddlers

 

Check back each month for a new episode!

 

Judy

03.17.2015

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.

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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03.02.2015

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.

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.

100% detail of the frame above.

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03.02.2015

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

© 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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You can download the PDF for offline viewing.

You can download the PDF for offline viewing.

02.18.2015

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.

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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