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Adirondack landscapes with Sigma lenses

Photo by John DiGiacomo

By John DiGiacomo This year while photographing fall foliage in New York’s Adirondack State Park, I added two versatile Sigma […]



Sigma 150-600mm | C Pairs Performance with Portability

A Semi-Palmated Sand Piper hunts for sand crabs along the shore line on a recent foggy morning. Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens. 1/2000 F6.3 ISO 400 at 600mm on a Canon EOS 6D.

As you probably know by now, there are two 150-600mm F5-6.3 zoom lenses in the Sigma lens lineup, the Sports, […]



LENS EXPLORATION: 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS | Contemporary

From portraits to landscapes, from family photos to travel, the Sigma 18-300mm 3.5-6.3 DC HSM OS Macro Contemporary lens does it all. Sharp, quick focusing, and ultra-compact, it’s one impressive lens. Here I photographed Phoebe holding a lubber grasshopper on the Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida. Nikon D800E (APS-C crop mode), Sigma 18-300mm 3.5-6.3 DC HSM OS Macro at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/800 second, ISO 400. Hand-held, OS-On.

INTRODUCTION: SIGMA 18-300mm Contemporary The Sigma 18-300mm 3.5-6.3 DC HSM OS Macro │ Contemporary lens is by far and away […]



Insect Macro Photography with the Sigma 150mm F2.8 DG Macro Lens

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!



Made In Japan Part II with the Sigma 150-600mm Sports

The highlight of any winter time trip to Japan has to be the Japanese red-crowned crane which has the distinction of being not only the rarest crane in the world but also the largest and heaviest on average.



Made In Japan, Part I with the Sigma 150-600mm Sports

Winter is my favorite time of the year to visit Japan and it’s unique wildlife surrounded by unreal snow-covered landscapes. During my annual Japan wildlife tour we always spend a couple of days with the world famous snow monkeys at the volcanic hot springs in the Nagano area.



Are Teleconverters Still Relevant in Today’s Photography?

I had the opportunity to return to Bosque del Apache NWR a few weeks ago to lead a workshop that was sponsored by Sigma Photo, the Friends of Bosque, and Hunt’s Photo and Video. This was going to be an intensive hands-on flight photography workshop and I was bringing with me the new Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport as well as the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sport. Why those lenses and not my beloved Sigmonster? Don’t worry, I don’t leave home without that lens but I was especially excited about testing the two shorter telephoto lenses with the brand new Sigma 1.4 and 2x teleconverters (TC).



A Long Look at Winter with the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS | Sports

A starling sits atop a weathervane, atop a three story building, captured through the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS | Sports paired with a Rebel T3i at 600mm, for an effective 960mm focal distance. Cropped to near square format for presentation.

Photography in winter can be a challenge. And when I say “winter”, I’m not talking of winter in the sense of majestic snowcapped peaks framed by freshly powdered pines with perfect golden light and firetone brushstroke clouds, I’m talking more of the winter of dirty refrozen slushpiles downtown three frigid days after a mid-January sleetstorm around 11:17 on a grey Tuesday morning when it seems there’s nothing magical left in the world worth getting out of warm car with a camera for.

Winter has its challenges, for sure, especially in the deciduous zones, where skeleton trees thrust bony fingers at the sky, and vistas and sweeping wild scenes are brushed widely with swaths of stingy browns and grays, instead of the festive pastels of spring, the lush greens of summer and the fall fireworks palette. But winter has it own charms and own rewards, and for photographers looking to challenge themselves and experiment, it can be a great time to get out and explore with a long lens, like the new 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS | Sports lens.



How to get Published in Outdoor Sports Magazines

Ski photographer Liam Doran offers tips for breaking into adventure sports photography for the biggest magazines.



The Power of the Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Flash for Macro Photography

© 2014 Roman Kurywczak | Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens | Aperture: f/22 | Shutter speed: 1/200 sec. | ISO 500 with the Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Flash at -1

OK, it is no secret that I have used some sort of flash in almost every macro photography image I have ever taken. Why? I love maximum depth of field and while I love natural light photography, the 3 days of the year it is calm enough to photograph outside just weren’t enough! All kidding aside, most “natural light” macro photography with maximum depth of field is done inside where everything is controlled and you have to be on a tripod. I am guilty of resorting to this technique often myself but I do love being out in the field. The wind is generally too strong on most day and many locations do not allow you to bring a tripod. That is why I embraced the power of flash. I have used many varieties of flash for my macro work including a Speedlights, twin lights, and old ring lights so I jumped at the chance to try out my Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Flash to see how it stacked up to those flashes. The image at top is one of the first I took and you can see just how close to the flower I got and the macro flash illuminated the bloom very nicely at that close range.