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October’s Sigma SuperFan: Tom Nanos

Tom Nanos of Lebanon, CT, is our October Sigma SuperFan. Photo by Nick Palanzini

Congratulations to Tom Nanos of Lebanon, Connecticut, our October #SigmaSuperFan. This accomplished railroad photographer impressed us with his passion for capturing trains in his essay.



How to Photograph Your Dog: 5 – Collar Color Theory

Almost all dogs sport a collar of one sort or another. If you plan on taking a lot of photos of your dog, then it’s probably worthwhile pondering what collar will look best on your furry friend.

Below are images depicting Rowan, our four-month old ‘fox red’ Labrador retriever, wearing collars of different colors. For years we have been using nylon collars from Lupine Pet, the gold standard for style, durability, and customer support. (Once, one of our pups chewed a hole in the collar of another one of our dogs. Lupine replaced the collar no questions asked!)



How to Photograph Your Dog: 1 – Transitions

Welcome to my new, bi-weekly photo “dog blog” celebrating canines and cameras. Here I plan to write about dogs, photography, and life. Specifically, I hope over time that this column accomplishes three things:

Shares ideas about way to photograph your pet
Documents the growth of our new Labrador retriever puppy from the first week at home onward, as well as showcasing other dogs
Reflects on how photography of our “best friends” can teach us about life, particularly examining how dogs influence our lives and, recursively, how we affect theirs.



How to utilize 5 lenses for a boudoir shoot

The area around the bed is very tight in my studio so I almost always use the 50mm. It allows me to get full body shots and close up shots with ease.  © 2014 Jen Rozenbaum | Lens: 50mm | Aperture: F3.5 | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec

There is one question that is asked of me most often when I am teaching photography. That question is “Which lens is your favorite”? That’s such a terribly difficult question for me to answer. Lenses are like children, I love them all and hate to play favorites.

All kidding aside, I carry 5 lenses with me everywhere I go. Sigma’s 35mm F1.4, 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.4, 24-70mm F2.8 and the 70-200mm F2.8. Most of my boudoir shoots are done in studio. My studio is very small (about 10’x10’) so I most often shoot with my 50mm due to size constraints. What if I want to take my client out to the rooftop though? (I’m bringing out the 70-200mm for that!) or into the vestibule (only the 24-70mm will do there). I would be unprepared without the other lenses.



Photographing in Manual Mode to create Beautiful Exposures

©Judy Host 2014 | Lens: 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Aperture: F 7.1 | Shutter speed: 1/320sec | ISO 320 | Focal length 80mm| Exposure: manual mode | Processed in Photoshop using Perfectly Clear by Authentic to add a bright and more saturated look.

Learning to use manual settings in your camera will provide you with the ability to create the beautiful exposures you desire. The exposure in your camera is determined by several different settings. Exposure refers to the lightness or darkness of the image. The settings are: 1) the aperture, the lens opening, which lets in light and controls the depth of field; 2) the shutter speed, the speed by which the lens lets in light, and 3) the ISO, which controls the camera’s sensitivity to light. The right combination of these three settings will give you a nearly perfect exposure and give you the effect you want for your image.



The Challenges of Photographing in Natural Light

© Judy Host 2013 | Lens: APO 70-200mm F2.8mm EX DG OS HSM | Aperture: F 7.1 | Shutter speed: 1/200sec |  ISO 800 | Exposure mode: Manual mode | Focal length: 157mm

The challenges of photographing in natural light can be many. I don’t always get to choose when I photograph, especially because I photograph children and sometimes the best time for them is in the middle of the day. When that happens there are a few things that can help to make this actually work pretty well.



Fan Photo of the Week: Jay Graviano’s Bay Bridge

This week’s Fan Photo comes to us from Jay Graviano of Los Altos, California and was made with the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens. His long exposure of the Bay Bridge and SF skyline is quite stunning!



Sigma Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Our Pros Top Picks

Sigma DP3 Merrill

For this year’s gift guide, we asked our Sigma Pros to recommend some of their favorite gear. This crew of amazingly talented and hard-working photographers each focuses on a different specialty and has their own individual style, and they’ve all got their favorite Sigma gear. Check out these great reasons why our pros choose to use Sigma lenses and cameras.



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.



How to Create Magic: Photographing Children

Using the 70-200mm lens at 200.0mm, my settings were set at 1/800s to stop the action and have a sharp image, f/2.8 to soften the background and ISO 160 because although it was a cloudy day, it was about 1:00pm and I had more than enough light.  I also wanted to angle my subject so there was some rim light, or have a little bit of backlighting which is a part of my style.  After chasing Grey all around his backyard, we ended up with Lola again and decided if we gave Grey some crackers he may stop long enough for me to photograph him again.  I had no idea he would start to feed the dog with them, but as always I’m ready for anything and this ended up being one of my favorites.

When I first started to do some research for this article, I decided to look up the word Magic because […]