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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 (lighting@MichaelGrecco.com). 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 resource – video clips on photography from Miranda Gavin and New Year wishes for a wonderful 2012

Happy New Year Hotshoe Blog readers everywhere – May 2012 bring you health, happiness and shelter from the storms. Goodbye 2011.

I was interviewed for the Open College of the Arts in the summer and the videos appeared over a month on the OCA blog. As we’ve come to the end of the year, I thought I would also share them here. Bear in mind there is my first foray  into online presentation so be charitable! I’m sharing it because I think there are things worth disseminating and if it leads to fruitful discussion, the more the merrier.

From the OCA Blog Introducing Miranda introduction: “Jose and Mark went to interview Miranda during the summer and she was very generous with her time. The result is we have a treasure chest of arresting and salient video for our photography students. As we want the points Miranda makes to have their full impact Mark has edited the video in short subject based pieces and we will be releasing them onto WeAreOCA on a weekly basis. So to start, here is Miranda talking about submitting work for publication.”

Submissions from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo.

Looking for outcomes from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo.

If you bear to watch more, or if of help, there are two more over.

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