Archive for Studio
Aug 18, 2015

I bought a Westcott Ice light some time ago and haven’t really played with it too much so I wanted to play with it a bit to see if it lived up to the hype. I know the new version fixed issues with the original which I have. Removable battery, 2x brighter and digital display are all great improvements, but my biggest gripe is the brightness. This is funny because my wife commented on how hard it was to look at when I took this shot, but to get a sharpness where I liked I had to compromise on some settings that I do for studio sets. I kicked the ISO up to 800 and lowered the shutter to 1/25 sec. One thing I will note though is it seems like this light was made to compliment the Sigma 35mm ART. I didn’t care for the results with the earlier test with my Canon 100mm 2.8L. However I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I got a nice crisp image with a lower shutter speed. I know 1/25 isn’t too bad, but I like to be around 125 when I shoot to make sure there is no blur.

All in all, I love this new addition to my camera bag. It has me wanting to get the Ice Light 2 for the new features. I’d say it’s worth checking out.

Agfa Scala 200_web

Model: Jackie Stolarski | CANON 5D MII | SIGMA 35 mm | ƒ5 | 1/25 sec | ISO 800 | VSCO Agfa Scala 200 ++ | August 16th, 2015

I finally jumped on the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens bandwagon and I have to say I wish I had done it sooner. Of all my lenses my Canon 100mm 2.8L has been my favorite due to the incredible sharpness and bokeh it produces and I have to say the Sigma 35 is on par if not sharper.

I love this test shot I took with my beautiful wife. I used a canon speedlite + white umbrella setup of to her right for lighting because I’m a sucker for dramatic lighting. I tried two different ways of focusing this shot to test the lens accuracy for sharpness. First I took a shot relying on the focus points and secondly I dialed it in using “live view” mode. I have noticed that certain lenses will not be dialed in relying on the focus points. Not to say that they take blurry pictures, but that you can squeeze out that extra bit of sharpness. If I’m shooting product photography I want to make sure I get the sharpest image possible. So when I compared the two images side by side I could not see a difference in sharpness which is a huge win.

I’ll definitely be using this lens more on my shoots and will share my findings, but preliminary test say it’s well worth the money at $899 especially since the Canon L series cost $1,479, the only difference I know of is the Sigma lacks weather coating so if I decide to use it while storm chasing then I will have to find a cover to make sure the lens does not get water or dirt damage.


Model: Jackie Stolarski | CANON 5D MII | SIGMA 35 mm | ƒ8 | 1/125 sec | ISO 400| VSCO Fuji 160c | April 23rd, 2015