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Exploring creativity with the Sigma 35mm Art lens

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SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
You may recall I mentioned in an earlier column that one of my resolutions this year was to photograph using prime lenses.

Prime lenses are fixed-length camera lenses designed for better optics. They offer a very shallow depth of field. I recently purchased a Sigma 35mm fixed lens with a very wide aperture - f1.4.
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
This aperture is nearly as wide as it gets. When shooting with this lens and using a wide aperture, it creates an image with a very pleasing bokeh. Click here for more on bokeh. 
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
Sigma introduced an economical line of lenses they dub the “Art” series. My art lens arrived last week and I have been photographing with it ever since. 
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
The images I’ve made so far have a wonderful feel to them. And I found myself bringing my camera in the car whenever I’m out and about.

Being creative isn't always easy. Like anything else worth pursuing, it takes discipline and effort to see and to create. This winter, I must admit, I’ve gotten lost in fixing breakfast for the kids, running errands and sitting at my computer.

This new lens provided me a convenient excuse to stop whatever I was doing and start seeing again. 
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
If you find yourself in a creative rut? Sure, buying a lens will certainly help. But more importantly, taking time to return to the source of your creativity and start seeing again at the world around you will spark a return to why you started taking pictures in the first place.

SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton

Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.

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