Richard Kilpatrick tested the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 on both the cameras it could almost have been built for, the Nikon D3X and the Sony Alpha 900. To the Sony, it added – for the first time in his hands – HSM to an Alpha mount body. Here's what he found out.
Richard Kilpatrick shares his 20 top tips for people getting into photography. These range for the best times to shoot to understanding the benefits of RAW.CONTINUE READING
Creating stunning portrait images is down to two key things - your ability to pose your subject and control the light. It really is that simple. Mastering these basics will transform your people pictures from ordinary photos that show little more than what a person looks like, into professional-quality images your subject will love.CONTINUE READING
of course, you can use a tool such as Focal Point, from OnOne Software. This is a powerful Photoshop plugin which lets you define the parts of your image you want in sharp focus, and without using layer masks or other advanced Photoshop editing, create realistic lens-quality blur.....CONTINUE READING
The Foveon CMOS sensor, as Sigma users know, is unique among camera imaging devices in abandoning the almost universally used Bayer mask approach in favour of a much more elegant three layer architecture which holds the promise of accurate colour rendition at each pixel site. Here, Julian Ashbourn gives his take on the subjectCONTINUE READING
In the three previous articles on local nature photography we have looked at the basic camera and lens types that can be used to good effect. If this has got your interest roused, you might have found a more specialized interest and want to get some more suitable gear. Here we look at dedicated lenses that fall into ultra telephoto and macro ranges.CONTINUE READING
Mark is a graduate of the University College for the Creative Arts in Kent and worked as an assistant with some of the world’s best advertising, fashion, corporate and editorial photographers before establishing his own central London studio. He shoots a very broad range of work for an extensive a varied clientele, both in his studio and on location worldwide.CONTINUE READING
Some self-appointed style gurus have criticised the Sigma digital cameras for their rather angular appearance when, in fact, the basic shape has been subtly morphed in the SD14 to produce a body that fits very well in the hands and feels surprisingly solid – why the surprise well, having used Hasselblads, large Mamiyas, Nikons and others over many years I am a slight plasticophobe.CONTINUE READING
We are talking here about true Macro lenses, not the marketing hype Macros that are really only a close focussing lens. True Macro photography does not start until you reach the reproduction ratio of 1:1. That means that the image on the film/sensor is the same size as the object the image relates to.CONTINUE READING
In this third part of our series on local nature photography we takes a look at the medium telephoto lens in the range of around 70-300mm in 135mm format. This also includes, on cropped dSLR’s, the newer ‘super-zooms’ around 18-200mm. After the standard lens, discussed in part two this is probably the next most versatile and widely available kind of lens.CONTINUE READING
MTF, or Modulation Transfer Function, is a scientific way of measuring lens performance, But isn't that just stuff for Geeks? Well, no, it does have a bearing on a lens' ability to produce sharp images that goes beyond the photographers technique and goes a long way to explain the difference in prices between apparently similar lenses.CONTINUE READING
Check out any photographic internet forum, or for that matter any Photographic Magazine's letters pages and you will inevitably come across posts discussing focusing. The terms 'Back focus' or 'Front focus' crop up regularly, and often it is the lens that is blamed. But is it always the case? We decided to look a little furtherCONTINUE READING
Many publications, both in print and on the web, will test a product and give you, the reader, a definitive rundown on how good the product is from that single test. Often the results are at a variance to one another and sometimes they can be totally contradictory.CONTINUE READING
Fitting nicely between the 50mm and 105mm macro lenses, the 70mm design is perfect for users of SLR cameras with an APS-C size sensor. Richard Kilpatrick takes a closer look.
So you have had a look at the idea of a Backyard Safari and have been out and had a go. Hopefully you have enjoyed the experience and that is why you have come back to find out more.CONTINUE READING
Having given you an insight on the best way to reach Yellowstone National Park in winter, Roger Reynolds goes on to discuss the issues that surround photographing in the extreme cold.CONTINUE READING
Phil is a Professional Photographer of considerable experience. He says about himself:- I have to be honest, it was with a bit of trepidation that I agreed to write a short article for the Sigma website. After all I am a photographer not an author and writing about myself feels just a little bit strange.CONTINUE READING
Roger Reynolds has been involved in photography for thirty years and today is engaged in professional travel photography as well as being an expert consultant in road safety camera systems.CONTINUE READING
The arguments of the last few years concerning Film versus Digital look likely to be replaced with a new, and probably just as contentious battle, that of full frame versus cropped sensors.CONTINUE READING
Over the past half a dozen years or so there have been a myriad of advances in digital camera sensor technology. New advances are still being announced at regular intervals. On top of that, sensor sizes from different manufactures vary from absolutely tiny through to offerings for medium format backs and more.CONTINUE READING
Do you fancy yourself as a wildlife photographer, but don't know where to get started?
Do you think it will be expensive to get the equipment together? Don't have the time to go to all those exotic locations? Well specialist equipment and time away in far flung places just aren't necessary as Ian Andrews explains.
Yellowstone National Park is rightly regarded as one of the greatest photographic locations on the planet. Yellowstone was to become the first National Park in the United States when it was formed in 1872. The park is the size of Wales and contains over 10,000 thermal features, over 80% of those found on earth. Roger Reynolds explains the attraction.CONTINUE READING