Category: Photography basics

Do’s and don’ts in architectural photography

Photographers who deal with the subject of architectural photography, have to pay attention to some essential things in their pictures. In general, every building, no matter how old, can be used as a motif. Ultimately, this depends on the desired image statement. We have summarized the most important do's and don'ts on architecture photography here. ...

Let there be light! Light painting and all you need to know

Everybody knows them, the pictures with beautiful light objects floating in the air. Light painting is a technique in photography that makes use of long-term lighting. There are no limits to creativity and the possibilities to shoot magical photos are unlimited. In this article we’ll explain to you how to use this technique and how ...

The atmosphere of the golden hour

Anyone who has anything to do with photography cannot avoid the notion of the golden and the blue hour. The golden hour describes the period shortly after sunrise or shortly before sunset, in which the sunlight takes on an orange to reddish colour and is already very low. Long shadows appear and everything seems dreamy, ...

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 world. We have summarized a ...

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 ...