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02.27.2013

Sigma Photo Pro 5.5 Monochrome: First Look, First Photos

Cruise Night, Somerville NJ

Sigma Photo Pro 5.5 is a significant update to the raw processor for X3F Raw files from Sigma’s cameras featuring the unique Foveon X3 Direct Image sensor as there is a completely new, dedicated monochrome processor for raw files from the original Sigma SD1 and all Merrill generation cameras, the SD1M, DP1M, DP2M, and the brand-new DP3M. And it is now available for download.

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02.22.2013

Sigma Photo Pro 5.5 Monochrome: Video Tutorial

Abandoned Diner, White House, NJ. Shot with the Sigma SD1 and Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM. X3F Raw file processed in Sigma Photo Pro 5.5 Monochrome mode.

Sigma Photo Pro 5.5 now offers dedicated Monochrome processing for X3 raw files from the original SD1 and all cameras in the Merrill Generation, the SD1 Merrill, the DP2 Merrill, and the new DP3 Merrill.

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12.03.2012

A Bit about Bokeh, Background Blur and Selective Focus

The holiday season is a great time to make photos with gorgeously softened backgrounds and shallow depth of field for painterly, creative, and festive results. Indoors and out, the Christmas trees bedecked with tiny lights, Menorahs, and decidedly secular seasonal displays that brighten the world each December present the perfect opportunity to experiment, explore and create. While we’ll obviously be featuring a number of Sigma lenses in this how-to, much of the information here is universal.

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11.26.2012

Spectacular wildlife in Pantanal, Brazil

Brazil’s Pantanal is one of earth’s most biologically rich areas and truly spectacular photography destination. Last month I took a scouting trip to the Pantanal for wildlife with with special emphasis on the jaguar. It was my first trip here and I have to say the photographic opportunities in the Pantanal were even better than I expected. Jaguar was the main target of the trip and I would have been happy just to see a single one but as it turns out we had the chance to photograph them each day and every day I was there. This is one of the best locations if not the best location on earth to photograph jaguar.

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11.19.2012

The Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 and EF-610 DG ST Flash for Great Family Photos

Sigma’s Jared Ivy and his family made this great video demonstrating the benefits of the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and the EF-610 DG ST flash for family photography.

Watch the video to learn about this great creativity kit offered at an amazing package price.

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10.12.2012

Treat yourself to Cool Halloween Shots with these Tricks and Tips

Halloween can be an amazing time to make all sorts of cool photos. Between the Jack O’Lanterns, people of all ages in silly or scary costumes, and haunted houses, there’s something great to shoot pretty much everywhere you turn.It’s also a great time of year to throw so many of the hard and fast guidelines of photography aside and have some fun by breaking some rules, and employing some cool photo tricks to make Halloween photos that’ll turn some heads. In this blog posting, we’re going to have some fun and give you some ideas on how to capture the spirit of the season.

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10.03.2012

How to create Magic: Part Two, Natural Light Portrait Photography

© 2012 Judy Host

Just before Sun Rise I love using only natural light to create beautiful portraits.  For me it’s so wonderful to […]

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09.19.2012

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 […]

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07.23.2012

Shot with Sigma: Trash the Dress Behind the Scenes video

Justin Wojtczak of 375Photography.com created this very cool behind the scenes and how-to video of a trash-the-dress session exclusively with Sigma lenses. All the still shots, as well as all the HDSLR footage of Justin and crew in action were captured with Sigma glass including the 70-200mm F2.8, the 20mm F1.8, and the 85m, 50mm and 30mm F1.4 primes. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Justin was recently the winner of the FStoppers Behind the Scenes contest!

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07.02.2012

Fireworks and Bright Lights in the Night for the Fourth of July and Beyond by Jack Howard

The fundamentals of making great fireworks photos remain the same today as back in the film days when I made this shot on Dec 31, 1999 with my trusty Sigma 17-35 F2.8-4.0 Ultrawide zoom on a Canon EOS A2 loaded with Kodak Vericolor ISO 100 film. I had originally set myself up on the boardwalk above the sand, but as more and more people showed up, there was serious bounce in the boards, so I moved to the sand instead. Looking at the stillness of the silhouetted people in the frame, you can tell these were a lot of rockets launched at the same time, with a relatively short (1-2 second) exposure.

The fourth of July means many things, and for photographers, one of the most exciting and challenging aspects of this holiday is capturing amazing photos of fireworks. The bright lights in the night paint the sky with multi-colored flames in a way that can be spectacular to witness and capture with your camera. And while it may seem that fireworks–and articles about how to capture fireworks with your DSLR–only appear for a few nights in early July, there are actually tons of nights from coast to coast all summer long when the skies are illuminated with fireworks.

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