Category: Photography basics

Summer, sun and underwater photos On vacation almost everyone is consistently looking out for the perfect picture. Everybody wants to capture the new and the unknown and thus keep it for eternity. Mountains, forests, beaches and cities provide the perfect scenery for this. Often underestimated but no less beautiful is the extraordinary and colorful underwater ...

This is how to take better pictures with your smartphone

Click. Click. Click. That’s how fast it goes these days to capture the right moment in a photograph. Grab your smartphone and just press the button. When the first mobile phones with integrated digital cameras entered the market, the quality of the pictures was more than questionable and in no way comparable to the quality ...

Sigma Photo Pro: what does the detail slider do?

I remember when after a long break from photography I bought my Sigma sd Quattro and installed SPP and that after starting the application the first thing that caught my eye was the new “detail” slider. In the spring of 2016, when I was still shooting with my SD1 Merrill and using a at the ...

Contrasts in the studio (with the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens)

In principle, shooting outdoor is the most beautiful thing for me. I stroll through the wilds of nature, explore forests and meadows and keep looking for water drops on leaves and little bugs on blossoms. Also in town I enjoy walking outside and looking for details that are hidden to most other people. For my ...

Pros and Cons of Sigma sd Quattro‘s SFD Mode

The SFD mode is one of the most important features introduced with the Sigma sd Quattro. It is a kind of multiple exposure feature, which captures 7 X3F files, which then get converted into a single X3I file. Just like X3F files the X3I file can be developed in Sigma Photo Pro, whereby you can ...

Sigma sd Quattro RAW development: what’s better, SPP or Lightroom?

I’ve tinkered with Sigma sd Quattro’s DNG support for quite some time now. On paper it’s great to have the option to develop Sigma RAWs in other programs. But what can you expect if you shoot DNGs with your sd Quattro and subsequently develop them in Lightroom? Is it silly to expect an equivalent output ...

Subway romance photographed by Andre D. Wagner

If you live in a big city as I do and depend on using public transport almost every day, this often won’t be part of the things you enjoy in your everyday life. Subways, trams and buses have left a rather bad impression on me over the past few years. Either they’re overcrowded or they ...

From a bird’s eye view over a creative table

Taking pictures of food with your smartphone, finding the right position for your coffee or arranging flowers nicely – that’s how you best prepare the well-known “flat lays” for taking a perfect shot from above. So today I’d like to take you on a tour through the creation of nicely arranged flat lays. But what ...

North Brother Island – an abandoned island close to the megacity New York

You’ve never heard of North Brother Island? No big surprise. Because this island is even hardly known by New Yorkans themselves. Even though it’s very close to the glamorous megacity in the US. To be more exact – it’s located in the East River, between the Bronx and Rikers Island. The history of North Brother ...

A lens review of SIGMA’s Art giants The SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM and the SIGMA 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

You’ve surely noticed how much we love the great lenses of the Art series: the SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 and the SIGMA 50mm f/1.4. In today’s article you will find images comparing both lenses and showing the same subjects shot under the same technical and lighting conditions. The focus in the pictures concerns the level of ...