Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro November 2018

Digital Photo Pro is the serious digital photography enthusiast and professional’s guide to advanced technology and creativity. Each issue showcases the very best in photography, and helps readers navigate the sea of equipment, storage methods, electronics and more, so they can make better decisions and take better photos.

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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s note

“I believe that the world doesn’t need more photos,” says Benjamin Von Wong, “it needs more photos that resonate, photos that matter, that can bring about positive change.” Von Wong’s images featured in this issue can be immediately appreciated for bold imagination and striking visuals, but as his career has progressed, he has been unsatisfied to make photographs that are merely aesthetically appealing. Most of Von Wong’s work these days are part of social impact campaigns, self-funded projects to raise awareness and inspire action on issues that Von Wong considers important to us collectively. But even his commercial work for corporate patrons has an underlying, motivating concept for him. Writing on his blog about his “Walking On Air” campaign for Nike: “By showcasing everyday people doing extraordinary things, I hope that…

10 min.
new tools of the trade

Canon & Nikon Introduce Full-Frame Mirrorless Systems The wait is finally over for Canon and Nikon shooters who were hoping for full-frame mirrorless camera systems. Both companies have introduced new systems since our last issue. Here’s an overview of each. Canon EOS R The Canon EOS R is built around a new RF lens mount that has the same 54mm interior diameter as the EF mount, but the shorter flange back distance of the EOS R allows for larger-diameter rear lens elements for RF lenses, which translates to better optical quality overall, improving sharpness and enabling faster maximum apertures. Four RF lenses are launching with the camera: the RF 28-70mm F2 L USM, RF 50mm F1.2 L USM, RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM and RF 35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM. All four of…

3 min.
sony fe 400mm f2.8 gm oss

The Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens is remarkable on many levels. First, it’s smaller and lighter than any that have come before. It’s silent, fast and very accurate when paired with the Sony a9 camera. But to stop there would be a mistake. It's the longest and fastest full-fame, super-telephoto lens designed specifically for mirrorless technology, which by its own nature is the shortest distance between two points. Everything about this lens is new. There's no ancient institutional knowledge that Sony drew from to make this lens. While there have been 300mm f/2.8 and 500mm f/4 Sony-branded lenses since about 2007, these truly belonged to “The Mind of Minolta,” which Sony acquired in 2006. Taking a look at a couple physical features of the new lens will make this…

8 min.
concept & purpose

While photographers come from vastly different backgrounds and follow their own serpentine paths to find success in the visual medium, San Francisco-based conceptual photographer Benjamin Von Wong has definitely ventured down a road less traveled. The son of Malaysian Chinese immigrants to Canada, Von Wong graduated from McGill University in 2008 with a degree in mining engineering. In 2012, he left engineering to turn his passion for photography into a full-time career. This move not only channels his own creative energies—his conservation and social impact-focused projects also have the potential to help us all live on a healthier planet. Digital Photo Pro: How did you end up as a photographer when you started out on a path to becoming a mining engineer? Benjamin Von Wong: There’s obviously no direct correlation, and anything else…

8 min.
beyond the city of lights

Few places on earth can compete with Paris as a backdrop for haute couture, prêt-à-porter and every type of fashion shoot in between. But in Nahoko Spiess’ world, beauty knows no borders. The Tokyo-born, Paris-based Spiess ventures out of the City of Lights for off-the-beaten-path, mise-en-scène opportunities, from Samarqand and Tashkent to Gafsa and Marrakesh. We are always astonished how the local people love to participate in our productions Digital Photo Pro: What draws you out of Paris to places in Eastern Europe and North Africa for your fashion shoots? Nahoko Spiess: I have been living and working in Paris for many years. Of course, I love Paris, the architecture, the history of the city with all of its romantic beauty. It’s also the perfect location for fashion lovers like myself because of…

8 min.
special delivery

As content creators, professional photographers are inherently well-positioned to create interesting marketing materials. After all, we’re generating eye-catching images all the time. For more than 15 years, adventure sports photographer Michael Clark has taken advantage of his particularly interesting photographic niche to create a magazine-caliber newsletter that functions as an integral piece of his marketing arsenal. It’s by no means his only effort, and in recent years it has given way to Instagram as the centerpiece of his marketing plan. But it’s still a valuable way to connect with the people who value his work and showcase his photography in a unique way. He suggests other photographers consider following in his footsteps—though they should understand what an undertaking they’re signing up for. “It’s a full-on magazine, basically,” Clark says. “Every time I…