[Sigma Blog] How to photograph wine bottles

Let’s have a look at this article from Sigma Blog!
Oh and of course, Sigma 150mm F2.8 Macro is in stock now. Just click HERE to grab oneūüôā
By Kevin Ames
Categories: Sigma Pro
Tags: Kevin Ames, Sigma 150mm F2.8 Macro, Studio Photography

A bottle of red. No it’s not a Billy Joel song. This is the real thing… not Coke; wine. Red, red wine.

© 2013 Kevin Ames | Photographing a red wine bottle presents a few lighting challenges. The first is to define the shape of the bottle itself. It is really a very shiny almost black mirror. Lighting dark, reflective objects is simply adding the highlights that will define its shape.

© 2013 Kevin Ames | Photographing a red wine bottle presents a few lighting challenges. The first is to define the shape of the bottle itself. It is really a very shiny almost black mirror. Lighting dark, reflective objects is simply adding the highlights that will define its shape.

Read More…

[Sigma Blog] Sigma‚Äôs 105mm F2.8 Macro OS

Take a look at the  article from Sigma Blog!
By Robert O’Toole
Categories: Sigma Pro
Tags:¬†insects,¬†macro lenses,¬†Nature Photography,¬†Robert O’Toole,¬†Sigma 105mm F2.8 macro

The Sigma 105mm F2.8 Macro EX DG OS HSM  lens has become one of my favorite lenses for macro photography in the field. So what makes me reach for this lens when Sigma offers five macro lenses when I own all of them? The answer is balance- the 105mm lens is really good at everything and one of the best in terms image quality. This lens can give you the sharpest results possible with an excellent balance of size, weight, working distance at a very high value per dollar price.

© 2014 Robert O'Toole | Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro, Nikon D800E, manual mode, 1/200th s at f/16, ISO 400, Single SB-R200 wireless flash at 1:4 power manual mode, handheld.

© 2014 Robert O’Toole | Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro, Nikon D800E, manual mode, 1/200th s at f/16, ISO 400, Single SB-R200 wireless flash at 1:4 power manual mode, handheld.

Read More…

[Phottix Journal] LOUIS PANG AND THE MITROS+ FOR NIKON

Take a look at this article from Phottix Journal about Mitros+!

Source: http://journal.phottix.com/photo-accessory-news/louis-pang-mitros-nikon/

Final Shot by Louis Pang

Final Shot by Louis Pang

Read More…

[Mogopod] Review: SD-1 Slider Dolly by Sneaky Pear

Source: http://kamerar.com/blogs/news/11989817-review-sd-1-slider-dolly-by-sneaky-pear

Here is a great review of our Kamerar SD-1 Slider Dolly done by Sneaky Pear on YouTube. The video gives a nice overview of the SD-1 Slider Dolly and shows some test shots with out any stabilization editing. Sliding shots can be a great addition to any video, making any boring scene more interesting.

[Mogopod] Review: MoGoPod MKIII by DIYPhotography

Mogopod is available at our store!

Source: http://mogopod.com/blogs/news/10674085-review-mogopod-mkiii-by-diyphotography

DIYPhotography,net¬†was kind enough to write up an in depth review of what they thought about the MoGoPod MKIII which we claim to be the “World’s Most Versatile Monopod” and we stand by it. Here are some of the things they had to say about it.

“This thing looks and feels great. The material is anodized aluminum but the finish is solid providing a very nice sturdy feel to it. It is striped with red color marks here and there (the twist lock, strap holders and so on) which seems to be very fashionable with gear makers right now.

Grip handle aside, there are no plastic parts – even the D ring for the utility strap is made from metal. Definitely an object of desire. While I did not use it to fend off any knights, I think it would have survived such a test.”

Read More…

[Kamera] Unboxing: Kamerar Socom Shoulder Rig, FF-3 Follow Focus and SD-1 Slider Dolly

An awesome unboxing video by Brandon Esparza found!

 

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HScajeHqJFk

[Sigma Blog] Macro Photography: Control the background

Take a look at this article about Macro Photography from Sigma Blog!

Source: http://blog.sigmaphoto.com/2014/macro-photography-control-the-background/

By Roman Kurywczak
Categories: Sigma Pro

© 2014 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG HSM APO macro lens | Aperture: f/22 | Shutter speed: 1/300 sec | ISO 640 hand held with Canon MT 24EX twin flash at -1

© 2014 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG HSM APO macro lens | Aperture: f/22 | Shutter speed: 1/300 sec | ISO 640 hand held with Canon MT 24EX twin flash at -1

Unlike other genres of photography, macro photography allows you the most control.  I find that backgrounds are just as critical to the success of a macro image as the subject itself.  My first tip on getting closer was for circumstances where you couldn’t control the background.  My second tip is to show you that in most cases, you can control the background and it is relatively easy!  The butterfly image above was taken in Butterfly World in Coconut Creek Florida. There are thousands of live butterflies in the aviary with a great variety but many times the backgrounds are less than appealing.  What to do in that situation? I will walk though the aviary looking for a location with a nice background and ignore almost everything else going on!  Once I find a bloom that is isolated from the background I will patiently wait for a butterfly to land on it and fire away.  Using this technique in the field will always make for stronger compositions, as cluttered background will often distract from the beauty of the main subject.

Read More…

[Pottix Journal] NIKON D4S OFFICIALLY UNVEILED

Source: http://journal.phottix.com/uncategorized/nikon-d4s-officially-unveiled/#more-7324

pic_140225_01_01

Today Nikon took the D4s out of the glass box and officially announced their new camera. Within a lengthy and adjective heavy press release key details such as a start date of March 6th for shipping and a price tag of $6500 stood out over changes to the processor or video capabilities. Read More…

[Sigma Blog] What is a Zoom Lens? And why and when to choose a Zoom Lens?

Take a look at this article about Zoom Lens from Sigma Blog!

Zoom lens are available at our store.

Source: http://blog.sigmaphoto.com/2014/what-is-a-zoom-lens/

By Jack Howard
Categories: No Fear Photography, Photoworld

What is a zoom lens?

A zoom lens is a type of camera lens that is offers the photographer a useful range of different focal lengths in a single lens. This is in comparison to a prime lens, which only offers a single focal length. A zoom lens allows for quick and easy re-framing of a scene while staying in the same physical position. Sigma offers a line of over 20 zoom lenses for DSLR photographers, ranging from wide angle zoom lenses, supertelephoto zoom lenses, andhigh-zoom ratio all-in-one lenses for both full-frame (DG) and APS-C (DC) digital cameras.

Sigma offers a great variety of zoom lenses. (Lenses are not shown to scale in this display.)

Sigma offers a great variety of zoom lenses. (Lenses are not shown to scale in this display.)

Which Sigma zoom lenses are right for you depends on your photographic intentions, budgets, and overall size constraints. In this article, we are going to explore many facets of zoom lenses for digital photography and explain the terminology, key features and benefits of the different types of zoom lens. We‚Äôre also going to showcase images made with a variety of Sigma zoom lenses to illustrate key concepts. Read More…

Introducing the MOGOPOD

Mogopod series is now available on our store.

For more information, please visit mogopod.