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09.19.2013

The Family Portrait

© 2013 Judy Host | Lens: 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM | Aperture: f 5.0 | Shutter speed:  1/125sec |  ISO 100

Most of my portrait work is all about photographing young children and their families. In most cases I have been working with these families for years. This session I’m about to share with you is one of my most recent.

Whether the age group of the children is between 3-5, or a more adult family like these three children ages 10-17 with their dogs, it’s always a challenge to come up with new ideas and expressions that tell some kind of story and reflect where they are in their lives. Most of my sessions are about documenting a certain time in my client’s life. With this family, Charlotte, who is now 17 is a senior in High School. My task is to create a senior portrait for her along with photographing the whole family and each individual child.

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09.12.2013

Portrait Photography at Noon: How to Conquer Harsh, Direct Sunlight

© 2013 Lindsday Adler | Lens: Sigma 85mm 1.4 | Camera: Canon 5D Mark III | ISO: 100 | Aperture:  f/2.8 | Shutter speed:  1/1000sec

Shooting a portrait at high noon can be an intimidating thing for many of us. The light is harsh, contrasty and unflattering. Furthermore, the light in the scene creates unsightly overexposed highlights and deep underexposed shadows. The ‘dynamic range’ of this scene is too much to capture all of the tones in a single frame.

Of course, it’s easier to just avoid high noon for portraits, but sometimes the situation is unavoidable. Don’t worry! You don’t need to bring tons of flashes or studio strobes on location or any expensive equipment to save the shot!

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09.05.2013

Be Smarter Than Your Camera: Backlight Photography

©2013 Lindsay Adler | Lens: Sigma 85mm 1.4 | Camera: Canon 5D Mark III | ISO: 800 | Aperture:  f/2.2 Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec

When our camera reads the light in a scene, its trying to give us an ‘average’ or middle grey exposure. […]

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08.06.2013

One Month with the new Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 Art lens

Just four short weeks ago Fedex showed up at my door with a shiny new Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 Art lens.  […]

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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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07.17.2013

My Go-To-Lens for Individual Portraits: Sigma’s 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG OS

©2013 Judy Host | Lens: 70-200mm APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Aperture: f 4.5 | Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec | ISO 400.

Working with people in general is such an honor for me. As a portrait artist, I photograph people of all ages. I can’t honestly say I have a favorite age group, although I do love photographing young adults and helping them to see their beauty as I do.

The ages of these young people included in this article vary from 11-19 years old. They are from different families and all share the same optimism that comes with being so young.

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06.26.2013

SD1 Merrill + 17-70mm Contemporary by Justin Wojtczak

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 31mm / Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec / Aperture: f6.3 /ISO: 200The rich colors of the canola flower being back lit from the sun was captured perfectly with the sensor of the SD1.

We asked Justin Wojtczak of 375Photography if he’d like to test out the Sigma SD1 Merrill and the new 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM | Contemporary lens during the spring wedding season and his answer was an emphatic “Yes!” Here Justin shares this thoughts on this lens and camera combination in a video review and shares the tech specs behind many of his favorite images.

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06.12.2013

For the love of photography | By Gabby Salazar

© 2013 Gabby Salazar | A woman sits on a stoop in the streets of Cusco, Peru. Sigma DP2s.

My father started taking pictures when he was in the army. He rediscovered his love of photography when I was around 11 years old, and he gave me my first camera as a gift and sat me down in a friend’s backyard bird garden with a Sigma 170-500mm. The first time I looked through that lens I was hooked on photography. A blue jay alighted on the stick that the camera was focused on and I snapped the shutter at my father’s urging. When we got home, my father enlarged that image and printed it for me. The image was tack sharp, the colors vibrant and the blue jay looked alive!

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06.10.2013

Photographing with Natural Light

© 2013 Judy Host | Lens:  18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC (OS)* Macro | Aperture: f5.6 | Shutter Speed: 1/125sec | ISO 800 | Focal length 51mm

Different light-Different moods Meet Eva Mae, a very energetic 6 year old with a smile a mile long.  Our session […]

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05.22.2013

Creating Portraits with the SD1Merrill Digital SLR

Using a Pro Photo Lighting kit, I set the camera mode to manual, ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/125sec | Aperture:  F/9.0. ©2013 Judy Host

This past week I had an opportunity to use my new SD1 Merrill Digital SLR in a few sessions. I […]

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