Sigma 35mm f/1.4 – Hands On Review

I have been hearing a lot of buzz about the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for a while now, but up until now, I haven’t had the chance to try one out on a real gig.

As a pro photographer, I learned a long time ago that it is a bad idea to make photo gear decisions based on cost – it’s just better to buy the best equipment for the job.

But in this case, it’s pretty hard to argue with a lens that costs about half of its name brand competitors.

In this article I’ll share my hands on experience with the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens and some sample photos.

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I Shoot Weddings Too – Don’t Tell Anybody!

Let me know if this sounds familiar. 

You’re gearing up for a big wedding session and one of your commercial photographer buddies comes over and notices that you have eighty AA batteries charging.  They ask – “Hey, what’s up with all the batteries – you have a gig with 20 speedlights tomorrow?”  You answer – “Uhhhhhhhh ya, ummmm, well, the kids just got this crazy remote control helicopter and it takes like 40 batteries….so….THOSE AREN’T MINE!

It’s ok.  I shoot weddings too.  Just don’t tell anybody…

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How To Photoshop Women To Be Skinny And More Attractive

Photoshop alterations of women have been somewhat of a hot topic lately (or maybe more accurately – it now sells products to bash “Photoshopping”), so I thought I’d share my perspective as a photographer. 

I absolutely love using Photoshop to manipulate the bodies of people to look more physically appealing.  Why?  Because, its my job to create images that look better than reality…and people that look better than reality sell photographs.

And here’s the dirty little secret – my clients and the people in those photos love it too.

Hit the break and let me explain.

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How To Use The Camera Shake Reduction Filter In Photoshop CC

Love it or hate it, one of the great things about being an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber is having access to the latest photo editing technology right away.  (How much would we all love a camera and lens subscription service!?)

I first heard about Photoshop CC’s new camera shake reduction filter back in the summer and I finally had a change to shoot a series of photos specifically designed to test it out. 

In this article, I will show you how to use the Adobe Photoshop CC Camera Shake Reduction Filter along with a few example photos.

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Fresh Baked Flash – How (Not) To Dry A Wet Strobe

When you spend a significant amount of time shooting underwater photography with a set of strobes in DIY underwater strobe housings, sooner or later you’re going to lose a soldier.

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I’ve heard about phones being revived from the dead, but I’m not sure if anyone has ever done it with hot shoe flash.

ONE NIGHT  Little Geek just folded.

HIPPY  Bye, little buddy.

MONK  He can still make it.

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AA Batteries for Photography Accessories

I use a lot of AA batteries.  So many in fact that finding them all and getting them charged up for a gig has become a significant bottleneck in my workflow.

I have finally realized that it is time for a more sophisticated system to actually manage all of the batteries that I need – as opposed to the old system which mostly consisted of pulling batteries out of my kid’s toys, TV remotes (or wherever else my AA batteries had migrated to) and then shoving them into ten different chargers the day before a big shoot.

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How To Make Money from Photography – Tough Love From Heisler

Ever wanted to know what exactly it takes to get hired as a professional photographer? 

Here is some tough love from one of the best in the biz, Gregory Heisler:

The business is about relationships…People aren’t hiring a photographer, they’re hiring a person…What it really comes down to is some guy saying try Schmeisler, he’s really good.

If you do nothing else today for your photography business, watch this video!

UPDATE: Sorry everyone – it looks like the privacy settings on the original video were changed and it is no longer available.  I’ll give you a rough synopsis after the break.

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Tips to Get Paid From Photography Use Requests

When David Hobby lets loose on a rant, it’s worth listening.  I mean, he’s usually a pretty reserved guy, but in a recent post on Strobist, he really lets the National Association of REALTORS® have it for asking permission to reproduce his work in exchange for credit (otherwise known as free).

If you’re a photographer with your photography online, you have probably experienced a request or two to use your own work for free.

In this article, I will discuss three tips that you can use to get paid for your photography.

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Y’all gonna pay for that photo right?

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How To Effectively Pitch to Photography Clients

There is a certain art form to a successful pitch.  But it can be broken down into three basic steps.

Disclaimer: Before you read this article be warned that I am going to give you some powerful tips that could be turned to the dark side.  If you think that you might be tempted to dabble in the Dark Arts, remember:

“With great power comes great responsibility”.
Stan Lee via Uncle Ben

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Internet Marketing For Photographers – Your Virtual Personality

It’s pretty obvious that internet marketing is critically important to a photography business.

When I started my business, the argument was: Do you need a website?  At the time, I don’t think anyone could have predicted that a website would become only a small part of an overall photography business internet marketing strategy.

But, when was the last time that you checked your virtual personality?

In this article, I am going to review what I find when I search my own name and my business name – with at least one curveball thrown in.Live Nude Girls by JP Danko blurMEDIA Toronto Commercial Photographer

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