Photo tips with Sigma Ambassador Kevan Dobbie

As I bring up a new series of blog posts that are here and available for your reading pleasure, I have decided to not only tell you about the amazing Sigma brand, but to teach you about how to use your camera along with your Sigma lens to capture photographic content that you’ve always wanted to have.

Now firstly before we get started, many frequently asked questions are all around the topic of the best camera gear to own and on and on. Answer is simple, the best camera is the one you have with you, make it work for you. I myself do not have the top of the range camera or all the new bells and whistle, actually very far from it. But I use what I have and make it work, especially with the Sigma lenses I feel it works to what my creative eyes sees and really enjoy the products.

Now next that we have established what equipment you require above; the next step is trial and error. Read the manual of your camera you have with you, see what it is capable of and try it out, in other words fiddle with it. See what works best for you. Only YOU can know what suits your photographic needs and that why you need to determine what you like and don’t like.

The next step is to start off small and easy, meaning photograph still objects in your household home or around you. My personal best is to photograph landscapes or sunrises/sunsets to get the exposure to natural light and colours. These are objects that you can have multiple attempts to photograph while adjusting and playing with your settings and knowing that the subject should more or less be in the same spot. You want to start off small and grow your skills before tackling harder tasks of moving objects like wildlife photography let’s say.


Now how this specific photographic tip is supposed to help you is by allowing you to understand your photographic potential comes from within. Each of us have a different eye for what we want to see and what suits us, that’s what makes us all unique.

So, starting off with the first stage in developing your skills as a photographer is photographing still images or what works better for me, landscapes such as sunrises/sunsets so we can get exposure to natural light and colours. I have picked a sunset image which will be available for you to see below. Now using your DSLR camera like I did, I have used the following setting which you can try out and see if it works for you:


  1. Exposure Mode of camera: Manual
  2. Focus: Manual focus
  3. Shutter Speed: Fairly low – 1/30 (image chosen below)
  4. Aperture: High – f/11 – 16
  5. ISO: 100
  6. One-shot drive mode
  7. White balance: Daylight
  8. Metering: Evaluative

Now try these settings out that I used for our first photographic tip in developing your skills as a photographer and send us your photos and some feed back in how the tips are assisting you. In each blog we will contribute in growing your skills as photographer.

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Kevan Dobbie
Wildlife Photographer

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