Category Archives: Photography Promotion

Photo News – Photo-related apps covering a photo trip to South America and how-to lighting for portraits

Landscape from the national park in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. © Runa Photos/Karla Gachet/Ivan Kashinsky

More and more photographers, publishers and photo organisations are developing photo applications and eBooks for the iPad, iPhone and other digital devices. Today’s post covers two very different apps that may be of interest to anyone interested in documentary photography and travel, as well as photographers who want to improve their portraiture lighting techniques.


The first offering Short Stories: From Ecuador to Tierra del Fuego is by husband and wife team Ivan Kashinsky and Karla Gachet, two photojournalists based in Quito, Ecuador who recently completed a photographic journey through South America and created their first app for the iPad. The app is “a personal photographic journey exploring the diverse cultures of five countries in South America. Karla and Ivan traveled for seven months in Sancho, their trusty red jeep, documenting thirteen photo essays along the way, from the equator down to the farthest tip of the continent”.  It is now available at the App store for $3.99. Short Stories iPad app is a joint production of Runaphotos and Lightbox Press, a new publisher of digital photography books.

Grecco breaks down his legendary techniques with step-by-step instructions and diagrams for perfect lighting setups while inspiring his true art of portraiture.” A how-to app from celebrity photographer and director Michael Grecco whose book Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography is now available on iPad, iPhone, nook and kindle for $24.95.

The eBook is a completely updated version of his best-selling hardback (from 2006) and is available for $150. Grecco will also be leading a Hasselblad-supported workshop on the same topic from 28 March – 2 April in Hawaii. He said: “I am flattered to be able to say that this book has been described as The Lighting Bible – and we have created a special email address for Hasselblad readers ( Anyone reading the article can email us and we will send them a special ‘extra’ chapter that will not be found in the eBook.” See the complete news story on the photographer and book on the Hasselblad website. I’ve yet to see the book or app but it looks promising.

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Photo Gallery: Moby Q&A at Apple London talks about Destoyed – The Photobook

A full house listened to Moby, who was back in London for the last night of the iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse yesterday, and a Meet the Photographer Q&A with the artist tonight. Moby and the band have just finished touring 15 countries in two weeks and continue touring until mid August. After the talk, which will be available as a podcast through Apple, the band played a short set. I couldn’t record the Q&A, so I leave you with less words and more of a flavour of the evening.

Oh yes, one of the photos was taken by singer Joy Malcolm’s seven-year-old son, James who I gave the camera too to get his view of things, and I interviewed Moby for a feature in the latest issue of Hotshoe, August/September – out now. All other photos © Miranda Gavin.

Waiting for the Q&A:

The Q&A:

The Set:

© James, Joy Malcolm, London 1 August 2011.

James’s view:

Fun and free competition – Penguin Classic bookcovers get a makeover by Vue Agency photographers but can you tell who did what?

I love Penguin Classics, I love books and I love photographs, so this free competition, organised by Vue Photographers Agent, has put a smile on my face.

To celebrate the London Literature Festival, which is currently taking place, Vue Agency is giving you and me the chance to win a set of seven classic Penguin novels – each with a unique cover created by one of their photographers. I will definitely give it a whirl, and I would really love to win.

This will be a one-off collection from a great bunch of photographers, some of whom have featured in Hotshoe magazine over the years, most recently with Alan Powdrill’s reality football series (February-March 2011).  Each novel carries an original piece of artwork by the photographers:
Dylan Collard
Jonathan Minster
Alan Powdrill
Morgan Silk
Penny Cottee
Garry Simpson
Charlie Crane

Each cover illustrates the photographers’ own interpretation of the story and reflect their individual photographic styles. The classics were all chosen personally by the photographers and include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Dracula, Emma, Animal Farm, Aesop’s The Complete Fables, The Great Gatsby and Magic Tales by Brothers Grimm..

But can you tell who created the cover for which novel?

It’s simple and doesn’t cost a penny.

  • Follow this link to the book covers post on the Vue blog
  • Match each cover to one of the listed photographers.
  • Email your answers to: by 12 July

12 July. The winner will be announced on the last day of the London Literature Festival on 14 July.

NOTE: To create their covers, the photographers took advantage of the My Penguin service set up by Penguin publishers.

Pieter Hugo directs Spoek Mathambo in cover of Joy Division’s She’s Lost Control

I love images and music. I always have and I always will. So here’s a music video for today’s post.

I was a huge fan of Joy Division, so I was intrigued by this version of one of their songs by Spoek Mathambo, with photographer Pieter Hugo (The Hyena and Other Men and Nollywood) directing. It re-works this song so so well.

From Spoek Mathambo website: “Control, fifth video from Spoek Mathambo’s debut album Mshini Wam, is a darkwave township house cover of the Joy Division classic She’s Lost Control.

“For the music video, Spoek has collaborated with one of South Africa’s most celebrated photographers, Pieter Hugo &cinematographer Michael Cleary. It explores the world of township cults, street preaches and teen gangs and was shot on location in a squatted train boarding house in Langa, Cape Town. The cast is mainly made up of the neighborhood kids who run their own dance troop, Happy Feet.”

However,  you can follow this link if you want to hear and see Joy Division performing She’s Lost Control.

HotShoe contemporary photography magazine NEW issue out now with Rimaldas Viksraitis, Melanie Manchot and Stanley Greene

The new issue of bimonthly photo magazine HotShoe magazine is out now. The February/March issue includes an interview with Lithuanian photographer and last year’s Arles Discovery winner Rimaldas Viksraitis, a feature on visual artist Melanie Manchot, whose show Celebration is at the Whitechapel Gallery in London until 14 March, as well as a review of legendary documentary photographer, Stanley Greene’s new book, Black Passport.

Follow the links below to view a PDF of the cover and contents pages or above as a page-turning version. If you select View Mode: Book, you will then be able to turn over the pages whenever you see the cursor change to a hand. You can zoom in and out also.

HotShoe International Feb-Mar 2010