Jim Koepnick
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Jim Koepnick is one of the leading aviation photographers today, photographing for Cirrus Aircraft, Flying Magazine, Plane and Pilot, Air and Space Smithsonian, AOPA and EAA. He also shoots for the USA Today Network - Wisconsin in the Oshkosh area, specializing in sports and action. His freelance clients include Ripon College, AACD and Our Wisconsin Magazine. Previously, Jim was Chief Photographer at the Experimental Aviation Association for 28 years. In that role, he photographed over 1000 aircraft while on air-to-air missions and supplied over 500 cover images for EAA Publications. His photography has been a consistent winner of awards from Aviation Week and Space Technology, Wisconsin Imaging Photographers Association, American Advertising Federation and Calendar Marketing Association. His photojournalism has received awards from Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Press Photographers Association and Inland Press.

A Fresh Take on Spring Flowers with the Sigma 14mm F1.8 | Art lens

A fresh take on blooming tulips by Sigma Pro Jim Koepnick shot with the 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art lens.

Sigma Art lenses for Sony E-Mount: Hands-On Report

A hands-on review of Sigma Art lenses in native Sony E-Mount by Sigma Pro Jim Koepnick.

Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary E mount Lens Review

There are many awards and praises that can be given to an outstanding lens. The biggest one I can give is keep that lens mounted on my camera and use it every day. The new Sigma 16mm F1.4 Contemporary DC…

The Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 for Aviation Photograpy

Great airshow tips with the new Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 C lens from Sigma Pro Jim Koepnick!

The Sigma 24-70mm Art is a must for your camera bag

The Sigma 24-70 f2.8 Art lens is now in my camera bag for all future assignments. It’s razor sharp, it’s fast to focus and it’s got Optical Stabilization.

Small Airports Offer Photographic Inspiration with Sigma Lenses

Jim Koepnick finds photographic inspiration when shooting at small, local airports with his Sigma lenses.

Photographing an aviation legend

When the noise of the airshow is over but the creative bug is still nudging you to express yourself, there isn’t a better subject than heading to a small grass strip and focusing in on a legend. I’m speaking of…

Air to Air Basics with Sigma’s Zoom Lenses

Each aviation photographer has their individual passion. Air show. Warbirds. Airliners. But I think in almost every aviation photographer is the common passion to want to shoot an airplane air to air. Maybe it’s the ultimate expression of vision and equipment in the…

Aviation Photography: Five Tips with the Sigma 18-300mm

We all live under budgets. But when it comes to photography, a budget should not limit our creativity. Even without a professional camera body and an assortment of lenses, you CAN get great photos at an aviation event. It’s all about…

Essential Lenses for an Air Show

Fly-ins and air shows are exciting. And fun to photograph. But they can wear you out from walking around as you take photos of all the airplanes on the ground and in the air. And it’s not just the walking…