Photographing people with the Sigma 105mm ART and not only at f/1.4
It’s been a long while since I’ve posted updates on my photography with the bokehmaster. So, in this post, I’d like to share a few thoughts on photographing people with the Sigma 105mm ART, in- and outside the studio.
Here are a few things I’ve noticed so far:
”Sigma 105mm ART is excellent for photographing people, particularly outdoors or in wide, open spaces. That’s because, often, these locations allow enough distance between the lens and the subject while providing a background that can be easily“”dissolved” into a nice bokeh. “Sigma 105mm ART is great for photographing people, particularly outdoors or in wide, open spaces. That’s because, often, these locations allow enough distance between the lens and the subject while providing a background that can be easily “dissolved” into a nice bokeh.
For example, here’s an image from a photo shoot with activist and award-winning performer Rev. Yolanda for A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
As I just mentioned, the Sigma 105mm ART can turn a busy background into an exciting bokeh, but keep in mind that there are still a few limitations, including background colors, the distance between camera and background, and between subject and background.
The Sigma 105mm f/1.4 creates, I think, an excellent separation plane between the subject (in focus) and the background (out of focus). Again, it depends on and can be limited to the space we photograph.
The bokehmaster also helps create tack-sharp images. Word of caution, though: when shooting handheld, in particular when shooting verticals, because the lens is pretty heavy (about three pounds or 1.5Kg), your hands might get tired and start slightly shaking, especially at the end of a long photo shoot or a long day of shooting; that makes it difficult to steady the camera, and could lead to out-of-focus images, especially when shooting wide open at f/1.4.
Of course, using a tripod or placing the camera on a steady surface can help; that said, that’s not always an option. In that case, try taking breaks holding the camera, for example, when moving the subject, changing poses, etc. I use wrist supports, especially during extended photo shoots.
While it’s excellent to blur the background into a nice bokeh when shooting with a Sigma 105mm ART on location, it’s also good to remember that just because you can shoot wide open at f/1.4, it doesn’t mean that that’s the only choice available. That’s something to keep in mind, especially when photographing a subject moving throughout the shoot (dancing, performing, etc.)
When photographing in the studio for assignments, I often do not shoot wide open with the bokehmaster. For example, check out a few images from my photo shoot with NYC actor Adam B. Shapiro for A&U Magazine.
Here’s another example from my photographing author, ACT UP activist, and public speaker Victoria Noe for the July 2019 A&U Magazine cover story. We shot mostly in my studio. On a very windy day, we also stepped outside to take a few images. Here’s one of those images, shot at f/2.
And here’s yet another example from my photo shoot with artist, activist, and author Avram Finkelstein for the June 2019 cover of A&U Magazine–I shot the last two images posted with the article against the same background, using two strobes and umbrellas, and with the subject approximately at the same distance away from the background; the first of the two images was shot with the Nikon 28-300mm at f/4, and the last image was shot with the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 at f/1.4 1/250s.
I’ll be able to share more images soon.
Until then, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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