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11.17.2017

Lens Exploration: Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS | Art

David FitzSimmons puts the Sigma 24-70mm lens to test in a variety of different settings. He ensures that the versatility of this lens is top notch!

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10.02.2017

Lens Exploration: Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS | Contemporary

The Sigma 100-400mm F5.6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens is the perfect lightweight long-reach lens for a variety of photographic adventures according to Sigma Pro David FitzSimmons!

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07.18.2017

Lens Exploration: Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art

Intro The Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art  lens is perhaps the sharpest lens I’ve ever used. In addition, it’s […]

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04.14.2015

How to Photograph Your Dog #12 – Fast Dog, Fast Prime

We loaded Rowan in the Suby and headed down to Pleasant Hill Lake, which was swelling higher and higher with spring rain. A lakeside campground had become partially inundated with water—a great place to let our pooch swim.

I dialed up my D800E to ISO 1600, which, in the late day sun, allowed me to shoot at f/8 at 1/2000 second. This gave me moderately strong depth-of-field and a shutter speed fast enough to stop Rowan running, splashing, and swimming as she retrieved sticks.

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03.17.2015

How to Photograph Your Dog #10 – Symmetry and Asymmetry in Action

Winter in Ohio has been splendid this year…if, of course, you like cold weather and snow. Rowan, our fox red […]

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02.18.2015

How to Photograph Your Dog: 9 – Polarizers for Perfect Pet Portraits

After a brisk cross-country ski with our fox red Lab pup Rowan, I decided to take a few snowy mug […]

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02.03.2015

How to Photograph Your Dog: 7 – A Matter of Perspective

With deep snow covering the hills here in Ohio, I couldn’t resist taking Rowan out for a romp in the white and fluffy. Grabbing a rope toy for Rowan to retrieve, we headed out to a nearby field.

My goal was to take action photos, high speed images of Rowan racing through the snow. Rowan’s ‘fox red’ coat looks especially good in early- or late-day sun, so, I took her out to a hilltop where the last golden rays were lighting things up. Generally speaking, dog action shots require shutter speeds of at least, say, 1/1000 second. That means that strong sun, medium to wide apertures, and medium to high ISO settings are often best.

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12.30.2014

How to Photograph Your Dog: 6 – New Year’s Resolutions

At the end of each year, we commonly reflect on our past 12 months and look forward to the next […]

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12.17.2014

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!)

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12.02.2014

How to Photograph Your Dog: 4 – First Bath

Labs love water, right? Throw a stick into a pond, and your retriever will dart into the water likety split. But giving her a bath may be an entirely different story. So for your puppy’s first cleaning, make sure to have your camera in-hand.

For Rowan, her first time in the tub wasn’t too bad. Of course, pouring the initial containers of water on her head elicited a natural drawing away, a great subject for a close-up shot.

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