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07.05.2017

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM | Art: First Impressions

A hands-on review of the new Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens with image samples and observations on sharpness, bokeh, and hand feel.

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11.07.2016

Sneak Peek: Jen Rozenbaum and the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens

We caught up with Jen Rozenbaum at PhotoPlus Expo and asked her for some thoughts on the just-released Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens after her first photo shoot.

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10.18.2016

First Look: Sigma 500mm F4 Sports, 12-24mm F4 Art and 85mm F1.4 Art

Now that the three lens lines of the Sigma Global Vision have grown in numbers, it is becoming both easier and harder to write these first look blog postings.

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04.27.2015

Working With Children Video Series: Babies and Toddlers

Sigma Pro Judy Host offers great tips for photographing children, from Maternity through teen years in this new video series.

This episode covers babies and toddlers, including sleeping babies, smiling toddlers and more!

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03.23.2015

Working With Children Video Series: Introduction

Introducing a new instructional video series from Sigma Pro Judy Host about making fantastic photographs of children, from maternity through teen years!

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03.23.2015

Working With Children Video Series: Maternity Sessions

Sigma Pro Judy Host offers great tips for photographing children, from Maternity through teen years in this new video series.

This episode covers maternity sessions, for making photos before the baby arrives.

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04.01.2014

Macro Photography: Don’t like the background? Bring your own!

In my last post, I left you with an image of a flower from my own garden that I was desperately trying to photograph against the beautiful spring sky. I was lying on the ground trying for a good angle when Darrell Gulin’s lesson came to mind. Why struggle out in the field? He often photographs butterflies in his own kitchen and uses printed natural looking backgrounds behind his subjects. Why was I crawling in the grass, struggling to get a good angle? It was my flower so I simply clipped it and brought it inside. I went back outside and took a picture of the beautiful sky. Back inside, I printed it on some cheap 13×19 matte paper, mounted it on some stiff backboard, placed it behind the bloom, and voila! The image at top is very similar as I used a printed natural green background, but done outdoors. My question to you is; could you tell that it was a printed background? It was an actual “real sky” (in the last post) and some “real” foliage, in this image. Does it really matter? How is that different than the manipulation in the field with the bark or the snow? That is a choice for you to ultimately make but now, I could easily have any background I wanted behind the subject and the sky literally was the limit! Below is my low-tech indoor setup that I can use, any day of the year, and have any background I want even if there is a foot of snow outside! Just remember to close the window too.

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02.13.2014

How to photograph wine bottles

With the lights this close to the bottle the focal length of the lens is critical to the success of the image. Normal or slightly wide lenses place the camera so close to the subject that controlling the reflection of the camera and studio stand in the bottle becomes an issue. For this set up I used the 150mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM macro lens made by Sigma. This focal length is perfect. The camera is well back from the set allowing room for working around the set both for adjusting the lighting and for adding to the scene. This lens is incredibly sharp and lens elements are multi-coated- it helps reduce flare from the lights and their reflections in the bottle.

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02.10.2014

Sigma 24-105mm f4.0 DG OS HSM | Art lens with Kevin Ames

Ok. I admit to being somewhat of a snob when it comes to the speed of the lenses I use. The list of my f/2.8’s includes the 120-300mm, 70-200mm, 24-70mm, 150mm Macro & 105mm Macro and a 15mm fisheye. For f/1.4 the list is all primes with the 85mm, the 50mm and the new 35mm Art lens. All of these speed demons are from Sigma of course.

So along comes the latest member of their new Global Vision lenses; the 24-105mm at what I thought was a not-so-speedy f/4.0…

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02.07.2014

CURIOUS CRITTERS Volume Two

In 2011 I released my first children’s picture book, CURIOUS CRITTERS, which featured close-up photographs of twenty-one animals. All the shots were taken with Sigma gear. The book really took off with children and families across North America. Within four months we sold out. To-date, we’ve sold over 100,000 copies.

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