The Sigma team was in Pasadena, California for the annual Professional Photographers of California for their Pro Photo Expo. The weather was great and the temperature was hot both outside and on the tradeshow floor in the 30-foot Sigma booth. The wonderful model Jennie was on-site for the 3-day show for photographers to try out any of the Sigma lenses or the Sigma dp Quattro cameras.
It can be a challenge to think of some great images when photographing weddings. I have a couple signature images I always love though.
One if 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.
What’s bright, gives wonderful, round bokeh and is perfect for portraits, sports, street and product photography? Give up?
It’s Sigma’s 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens. This beauty fits on both full frame and cropped sensor cameras.
The ideal portrait focal length is said to be twice to two and a half times the normal focal length. So before diving into the 85 let’s take a look at focal length and what it means in regards to sensor size. First, here’s a definition or two.
Photography for me is more than creating a pretty picture. It’s about telling a story and transporting the viewer to another time and place. The idea that anything is possible if you can dream it is a re-occurring inspiration in my work. If I can create and capture a fantastical scene in our own reality without compositing in Photoshop, I feel that I have succeeded in preserving a little wonder and hope in our world, even if that scene existed for just a brief moment.
Almost everything we do in life is a choice. How we express ourselves, how we see objects, how we create art, all of these elements, although may be intuitive to our nature, are also choices we make.
In regards to photography, we may choose a certain kind of subject to photograph. Some of us prefer to photograph landscapes or children or weddings. Whatever the subject, it’s a choice we make, and in making those choices, we are creating a style and a look to our work.
There are several other style choices that I want to talk about in this article. They include lighting, lenses, angles, locations, props and camera settings.
For many natural light photographers, photographing in the “Sweet Light” is the highlight of what we do. This light happens around an hour before sunset and an hour around sunrise. It’s the most beautiful, sweet and natural light of all. Timing it can sometimes be difficult, but if you allow yourself to set up your subject and get ready for the sun to start it’s decline, you will be rewarded with the prettiest of all light. It only lasts for about 20 minutes and then turns into a different kind of light, twilight, which can also be beautiful to capture. In the following images, my beautiful subject Zoe is dancing in the sweet light in Ocean Beach, California. This session was timed to capture this gorgeous light as she moved to the music in her head. Photographing with Sigma’s 24-105mm F4.0 DG (OS) HSM | A lens, I was able to create these very sharp and beautiful images. I choose to photograph wide open, at f 4.0 and use a fast shutter speed, s 1/400 to keep my images sharp, as Zoe was consistently moving. My ISO was adjusted as the light changed.