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09.19.2014

Lens Explorations: 15mm F2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens

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Sometimes a camera wants to see differently. That happens to me I get inspired to go wide… really wide. I’m […]

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02.13.2014

How to photograph wine bottles

© 2013 Kevin Ames | Finally a wooden panel is moved in behind the set, angled away from one edge to create a gradual fall off. A cork added to the composition completes the photograph. Cheers!

With the lights this close to the bottle the focal length of the lens is critical to the success of the image. Normal or slightly wide lenses place the camera so close to the subject that controlling the reflection of the camera and studio stand in the bottle becomes an issue. For this set up I used the 150mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM macro lens made by Sigma. This focal length is perfect. The camera is well back from the set allowing room for working around the set both for adjusting the lighting and for adding to the scene. This lens is incredibly sharp and lens elements are multi-coated- it helps reduce flare from the lights and their reflections in the bottle.

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02.10.2014

Sigma 24-105mm f4.0 DG OS HSM | Art lens with Kevin Ames

The proof is in the photos. One of the first shoots was with model Amy Patterson as part of my Red Dress series where different ladies rock the same gown.

Ok. I admit to being somewhat of a snob when it comes to the speed of the lenses I use. The list of my f/2.8’s includes the 120-300mm, 70-200mm, 24-70mm, 150mm Macro & 105mm Macro and a 15mm fisheye. For f/1.4 the list is all primes with the 85mm, the 50mm and the new 35mm Art lens. All of these speed demons are from Sigma of course.

So along comes the latest member of their new Global Vision lenses; the 24-105mm at what I thought was a not-so-speedy f/4.0…

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11.26.2013

Perfect Portrait Camera: DP3 Merrill

© 2013 Kevin Ames | Camera: DP3 Merrill | Shutter speed: 1/160 sec | Aperture: F7.1 | ISO: 100

The quality medium format cameras no matter what the brand stand out as superior to most DSLR cameras. This is […]

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10.24.2013

Prime Lenses for Mirrorless Interchangeable cameras

While I am a dedicated believer in using a tripod; this lightweight combination makes handheld glamorous portraits easy with no sacrifice in quality. © 2013 Kevin Ames | Lens: 60mm F2.8 DN | Focal Length: 60mm | Shutter speed: 1/160 sec | Aperture: f16 | ISO: 100

A year ago I purchased a 24 megapixel Sony NEX-7 to use as a backup camera during a trip to Belgium, Germany and France. I carried Sigma’s 19mm and 30mm f/2.8 prime lenses. The quality of the photographs amazed me every evening when I downloaded the day’s take. Those results made me carry my “big boy” Canon 5D Mark 2 less than I’d originally planned. The professional quality coupled with it’s touristy—amateur look, I was never questioned in museums, cathedrals, gardens or when I was doing street shooting.

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09.17.2013

Exercise your Creativity with Prime Lenses

© 2013 Kevin Ames | Lens: 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec | Aperture: F11 | ISO: 100

More and more I find my self shooting one of three Sigma prime focal length lenses in the studio… the 50mm f/1.4, the 85mm f/1.4 and the 150mm f/2.8 OS macro. I noticed that zooms were making me a bit lazy. Hey! It’s a lot easier to twist a zoom ring that it is to move a 300 pound studio stand even if it is on wheels. So why do I do it? A couple of reasons. Perspective, perspective, perspective. I shoot full frame Canon cameras. Their normal focal length is almost 50mm. That’s about the same angle of view as we see with our eyes. I use the 50 mainly for full length photographs.

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07.31.2013

Macro-licious and more…

© 2013 Kevin Ames

Macro lenses are for making pictures of bugs, watch parts, coins, jewelry and other tiny stuff. Right? Well not necessarily. Recently one of my model buddies wanted some beauty photographs that mimic Cover Girl makeup ads. We gathered one Friday morning at my studio and went to work. I set up an evenly lit white background using V-Flats while Hope had her makeup done by Kristen White.

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06.03.2013

Moving Art Part II

© 2013 Kevin Ames. A timber poking out of the sand is all that’s left from a lost structure. I was making this photo with my Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 HSM when the waves hit it creating a fantail. Lens: 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM | Exposure mode: Manual |Focal length: 51mm | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec | Aperture: f8 | ISO: 100

My last post tells the story of the power of the ocean. This one looks at the same power in […]

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05.13.2013
01.03.2013

CES 2013: New Gear, Software and more from Las Vegas!

CES 2013 is underway in Las Vegas, and the biggest news out of Sigma’s Booth #7904 at LVCC Center Hall is, of course, the just-announced Sigma DP3 Merrill and the new Monochrome mode in Sigma Photo Pro 5.5, and the upcoming release dates of the new Sigma 120-300mm Sports lens and the 17-70mm Contemporary Lens.

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