The SIGMA Road Trip


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In the summer months in particular (from March to October, to be exact) SIGMA will be traveling a lot to many events in Germany where many photography fans come together.

With their silver Air Stream caravan which the company calls its SIGMAliner you can’t miss them. The project is a great adventure because visitors can test some products there and get useful information from professional experts. You can even borrow different products for half an hour.

Last year we also attended the “horzonte Environmental Photography Festival” in Zingst as visitors. This year, unfortunately, we couldn’t participate due to a busy schedule. But this year, SIGMA was also present at the event to show a colorful variety of products to all the visiting photographers.

For all those among you who don’t want to miss the chance to visit the SIGMAliner – it’s currently been to Berlin at the “Classic Days” . This week the SIGMAliner will move on to the “Roadrunners Race 61“ , which will take place at the Aerospace Museum Finowfurt, which is about an hour away from the German capital.

Then it continues its journey to the Kitesurf Cup in Sylt  . There the SIGMAliner will stay from June 27 to July 02 before moving on to Warnemünde from July 21 to July 23 . Then it will make a stop in Sylt again from July 26 to July 30  – at the shores of the North and the Baltic Seas SIGMA seems to have a great time. Zingst will be the next stop as the Autumn of Photography  will be celebrated there. It will take place from September 29 to October 02.

The SIGMAliner and its crew will finish their long and picturesque road trip on October 21, where they will stay at the Pirmasenser Fototage  in Rheinland-Pfalz until October 22.

So there are plenty of opportunities to test your dream lens at a dream location combined with a wonderful holiday in Northern Germany.

Enjoy!

Animals seen from below – Andrius Burba


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First it was dogs under water, then it was dogs shaking their bones and cats jumping through the air, later on dogs catching a goodie and the most recent idea that’s fascinated animal fans from all around the world is called “Dogs seen from below”. Sometimes I really wonder why I don’t also have such great ideas. 😉

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Lars van den Brink and his hidden object images


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I hardly know anybody who wasn’t enthusiastically looking for Walter as a kid. Children (and adults like me ;)) all over the world are fans of the red- and white-striped, dressed up character with the typical bobble cap and the black glasses.

Staring for several minutes at one and the same image and still discovering something new in it – no doubt that hidden object images have a particular fascination for many people.

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A somewhat different kind of hobby for father and son


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Adrian Sommeling and his son practice a hobby of a special kind. For many years Adrian has been working in the marketing industry. According to his own statement, he’s cooperated for many national and international campaigns. For some months he’s been focusing on more personal sorts of projects.

These projects combine his profession with photography and image editing and composing in particular with the free time he spends with his son. Both create extraordinary and unique scenarios. Thanks to these photos, Adrian discovered his great passion for the combination of photography and digital drawing.

I can only recommend all Photoshop fans to check out his YouTube channel on  . In his numerous videos you can still learn a lot – for instance about the topic of composing. And those of you who’d like to deepen their knowledge are advised to look at his homepage where he offers additional tutorials: http://www.adriansommeling.com/

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18 years old, student of art and Instagram user


“I hate when I don’t have enough time to take photographs or when I don’t feel inspired. Sometimes I feel disappointed with myself when I realize I could do much better.”

This is a statement by the only 18-year-old girl Luisa Azevedo, who currently studies art in Lisbon and practices her greatest hobbies, photography and image editing.

Actually the 18-year-old comes from a small town in Portugal called Covilha, located near the highest mountain of the country. Most of her pictures were taken in that little town and their surroundings.

“To me, photography is a escape from reality, where I can develop my creative way of seeing the world.”

 At the age of 17, Luisa discovered photography at High School by using the internet platform Instagram and today she considers it to be a challenge for herself and a passion. Currently her account has more than 60,000 active followers – and the number is growing.

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Chris de Bode – LensCulture Portrait Photo Award Winner


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Photo: Chris de Bode

What makes a good portrait picture? To me portrait photography is difficult and exciting at the same time. Difficult because your own work to a high degree depends on another person and the harmony between the photographer and the person portrayed has a great impact. Even if you master your technique perfectly and have the best equipment, you won’t be very successful when there’s not much chemistry between the photography and the model.

It’s exciting for the same reasons! 😉 But beyond that, I’m fascinated by how the atmosphere during the shooting and the state of the model can have an impact on the final result, by how many different facets a model has and by how personal a portrait shooting can actually be.

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New firmware updates for lenses


A few days ago SIGMA published new firmware updates for lenses. The four new editions are models with Canon EF and Sigma SA mounts. The updates are said to have led to improvements concerning the auto-focus as well as to a reduction of the operating noise of the shutter lamellae. Sigma has published firmware updates for four of its lenses with Canon EF and three models with Sigma SA mounts.

There are updates for the following lenses, whereas the first three have been improved for SA and EF bayonet mounts and the 24-105mm lens can be downloaded for Canon EF bayonet mounts only.

17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM 
18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM 

SIGMA promises an improved AF performance in particular in connection with the lens adapter MC-11, which I’ve already tested for you recently . In connection with Sigma’s sd Quattro cameras the speed of the auto-focus, in particular, is said to have been enhanced.

Another improvement will make all the video enthusiasts among you very happy! With Canon EF mounts, AF exactitude in the LiveView and video modes are said to have been upgraded. Besides that, the operating noise of the shutter lamellae in the video mode was reduced, which has improved the sound while recording videos.

There’s also an update available for the Adapter MC-11. It enables the use of the upgraded lenses.

You can easily find all new firmware versions on the SIGMA website under Support: http://www.sigma-global.com/en/download/lenses/firmware/

Europeana – A dream come true for every antique photography fan


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I love looking at old photographs. One of my nicest childhood memories is how I was sitting on my great-grandmother’s attic with a box full of faded photographs I kept browsing through.

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Martha Cooper


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Some consider it to be art, others call it vandalism. I definitely belong to the first group. At least when it’s not just scrabbling but when there’s a message behind the whole image, when some style or at least some effort can be recognized. I’m talking about street art.

Martha Cooper is almost a celebrity in the street art and graffiti scene – and this although she doesn’t even belong to the Urban Artists. The 77-year-old woman has been taking photos since her childhood. She claims that she always knew that photography is her calling. In the 1970s she achieved what many can only dream of: She worked as a photographer for a renowned newspaper. One morning, on her way to work, she noticed the New Yorkan trains decorated with graffiti and she began to take pictures of them. Her fascination with the New York behind the scenes, the underground and the visible decay of the city increased every day and finally she quit her job at The New York Post. In the 1970s, New York was going through an economic and mainly a social crisis. Large parts of the population were almost left to themselves with only few perspectives. Martha thinks that the “make something out of nothing” typical of the graffiti and hip hop culture at that time fascinated her in particular.

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Playing with the invisible


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It was these photos – soft blue tones, ice and water, the Arctic – about which I’ve recently happened to come across again. Photographs taken by a New Yorkan photographer and environmental activist called Diane Tuft . Since 1998 she’s been reporting on the beauty and fragility of our planet and environment with her camera. Before that she’d rather been focusing on multimedia.

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