Tips & How-Tos

Great advice on photography from leading voices. From the photo studio to the farthest reaches of the globe, learn about gear selection, lighting, shooting techniques, editing, and more.

Sigma Lens Size Chart: Completely Updated for Holiday Season 2015!

We’ve completly updated our Holiday Season Lens Chart for 2015! Here, at a glance, is the current Sigma lens catalog for easy reference to each another and other wintry touchstones, like penguins, a cardinal and a 16 ounce cup of coffee! Click on the image to view it and download it in its full 7575 x 4200 pixels glory!

20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art: Hands-On Sneak Peek with Image Samples

The Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art is the world’s first full-frame 20mm F1.4 ultra-wide angle lens. It is also the first lens in the Art category to sport an integrated petal-type lens hood to protect its bulbous front…

Shooting Outlaws with a Trio of Sigma Lenses

The World of Outlaw Late Model Series came to Weedsport Speedway in Upstate New York on June 23rd. A few weeks earlier I photographed the wedding of one of the series’ top drivers, Tim McCreadie, so this was a perfect…

The Perfect Air Show Lens: Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 | Sport

I was about 13 years old when I saw the USAF Thunderbirds air demonstration team for the first time. I knew at that moment that I wanted to be a fighter pilot, but alas, it was not meant to be. My eye sight wasn’t 20/20, which back in the 80’s meant that I was ineligible. Nevertheless, my passion for flight never dwindled and I make it a point to see every air show that I can. At this years Rochester International Air Show, I had the opportunity to photograph the Navy’s Blue Angels with Sigma’s 150-600mm Sport lens. Could this lens possibly be the best lens ever to photograph an air show?

Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM for Outdoor Action Photography

Editor’s Note: A few years back, we first came to notice the outstanding work Liam Doran was creating with the Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM on Facebook. We invited him to be a Fan Photo of the Week contributor…

Exercise your Creativity with Prime Lenses

More and more I find my self shooting one of three Sigma prime focal length lenses in the studio… the 50mm f/1.4, the 85mm f/1.4 and the 150mm f/2.8 OS macro. I noticed that zooms were making me a bit lazy. Hey! It’s a lot easier to twist a zoom ring that it is to move a 300 pound studio stand even if it is on wheels. So why do I do it? A couple of reasons. Perspective, perspective, perspective. I shoot full frame Canon cameras. Their normal focal length is almost 50mm. That’s about the same angle of view as we see with our eyes. I use the 50 mainly for full length photographs.

Macro Photography: How Sensor Format Affects Image Depth of Field

One of the biggest challenges with macro photography is working with a limited depth of field or DOF. When I am shooting macro I am always trying to make sure the subject and elements in the frame appear sharp by adjusting the aperture and making sure the important elements in image fall on the plane of focus by adjusting my angle of view. But there is another important element that has a huge effect on DOF that most people don’t even know about, how a different sensor format can and will effect the depth of field in your image. Moving to a smaller sensor format at the same apparent magnification will give you lots more DOF to work with in your macro images.

Sigma DP2 Merrill: First Impressions by Jack Howard

The Sigma DP2 Merrill creates amazing photographs with exceptional detail and beautifully smooth color gradations and nuances of tone. The overall image quality of this camera is simply amazing.