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Photo News – Hotshoe Magazine App Second Edition revamped

Hotshoe App new edition brings you the latest content and ability to interact and join in the discussion and debate on photography.

Hotshoe magazine has revamped its App for the second edition bringing you the latest in contemporary photography in a curated, tailor-made, interactive experience.

Expect highlights from the bimonthly print edition as well as extended photo galleries, interactive gallery listings, text-only versions and cutting-edge articles and reviews. Plus the latest multimedia pieces from some of the most exciting photographers working today.

What’s New in Version 6.0.3?
Version 6 is a major update. If you have previously purchases issues with this application you will need to restore them from the settings page. Hotshoe magazine is now using the latest version of the Stonewash Magazine Framework.

Download the app for free and then subscribe for one year for just £9.99, and get the latest issue of Hotshoe directly to your iPad every other month. To read more about the app and download, go to Itunes.

Do let us know what you think of the newer version.


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.

Read more for a small selection of images from Short Stories

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Photo News: Issue 5 of Once Magazine – a monthly photojournalism iPad publication now available for download

“It’s a classic format redesigned for the tablet age”

It’s not that often people share good news stories especially when they involve developing business models for a digital publication focusing on photojournalism that actually pays its contributors. But magazine editor Andrew Jones wrote to me recently with just such a story. Yes, you heard me correctly. Once Magazine‘s mission is “to directly support and reinvigorate visual storytelling by creating a new model of publishing, which not only offers photographers, writers, and illustrators a creative, experiential, and expanded format on a high-quality platform, but also remonetizes photojournalism by sharing revenue directly with contributors”.

Unlike many other online photography magazines and ventures that seem to have given up trying to find a way to make it pay, they simply take the familiar line – we don’t pay photographers for content. This is in line with many photography publications including the British Journal of Photography, Amateur Photographer, F2 and Hotshoe where contributing photographers do not receive any money for providing images for use in features as it’s seen as promotion for the photographer. However, with all these publications writers do get paid although the rate varies, depending on the publication. I’ve contributed to all of them, so I write from experience. However, many other publications, both print and online photogrphy magazines, don’t pay writers either. Getting a byline – your name with the copy – is supposed to be enough. However, this is not the time to discuss this topic in detail, but it’s important to give an idea of the current climate, especially regarding photography publications.

Back to the news story. Once Magazine editor Andrew Jones adds: “Fed up with what we were reading, myself and a couple of friends from college decided to take on the big boys of the media world and challenge out-dated ideas about what the media could do. In Once Magazine, we’ve created an engaging, compelling, and independent photojournalism magazine for the generation of people like ourselves who have grown up digital, as well as who fondly remember the golden age of picture magazines. Furthermore, while the mainstream media wrings its hands over monetizing its content, we have created a new publishing business model where we split revenue with our contributors.”

Issue 5 can be downloaded from iTunes from today for £1.49. The iPad App is free as is the Pilot Issue. Subsequent issues cost $2.99 or cheaper by regular subscription. For those who like to see what others think of a product, there’s even a review.

Africhina reflects on Chinese industry in Zambi and has photos by Thomas Lekfeldt with an essay by Lene Winther.

The Moors of Chicago was shot by Paul Octavious with an essay by Peter Orner. It focuses on a hill in Chicago throughout different seasons and is accompanied by a short fictional text.

The third story, the chillingly-titled, And Satan Also Came Among Them, is by a brother and sister team – Noah (photographs) and Jean Friedman-Rudovsky (text) – who report on “a disturbing story of incest and rape in a Mennonite community in Bolivia”.

So far, Jones says that 97,000 plus people have “downloaded our publication and agree that we’re onto a good thing! However, you’ll need an iPad to read the magazine”. Since its launch at the end of 2011, the iPad magazine has been profiled in Wired, TechCrunch and “has been likened to the renowned Life Magazine”. The team has also entered into a partnership with cable news channel MSNBC.

“Not bad for a group of twenty-something, straight-out-of-college, first-time entrepreneurs who raised $65,000 from friends and family to pursue our dream,” he concludes.

Photo News – British Journal of Photography launches new iPad app

The British Journal of Photography is launching its iPad app tomorrow – for free, at least for now – and ahead of its launch I got a chance to test drive the Autumn issue. These are my thoughts and initial impressions, having downloaded and played with it for around an hour yesterday on a friend’s iPad.

I am not an iPad user, so I was getting used to the various sweeps, scrolls and swipes required to browse pages, bring up other menus and access specifics articles and images. This meant that it probably took me longer to do everything than a regular iPad user. With this caveat in mind, these are my thoughts.

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