If you’re a regular here at PadGadget, you know I’m a bit of a shutterbug. I started shooting in high school and learned how to develop and print my own B&W, Color Positive (Ciba Chrome -Slides) and Color Negatives from a great set of teachers. In college I was lucky enough to be friends with a pair of fresh new fashion photographers that did work for a number fashion sites including Vogue. These guys were good friends and I learned a lot from them about photography and the essentials of the trade such as composition and lighting. Unfortunately most of us don’t have friends professionally trained in photography to help us hone our picture taking skills. But don’t worry, if you own an iPad you can now use Scott Kelby’s Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes: Your Guide to Today’s Most Popular Lighting Techniques to learn great photo techniques from a professional.
Best selling author Scott Kelby, has taken “Photo Recipes” from his The Digital Photography Book, and turned them into a powerful teach app for the iPad. The app is a whopper, weighing in at over 1.2GB in size, it is chock-full of over two hours of useful video tutorials spread over 16 different chapters. The chapters cover a range of photography topics including shooting portraits, landscapes, product shots, food, flowers, etc. Each chapter teaches you how to get that professional look by using the right gear, camera placement and the proper lighting for your photographs.
In the app, Kelby takes you behind the scenes and shows you how photographers put together those “special” shots you see in magazines. The step-by-step guide shows you how to recreate the look and gives you tips on dealing with scenes in various indoor, outdoor and studio lighting conditions.
The app is well laid out and visually appealing. The sections are well put together and cover a wide range of lighting topics. Scott Kelby’s Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes: Your Guide to Today’s Most Popular Lighting Techniques is available for $9.99 form the app store. With the price of most basic photography magazines already over $5, this app is a great deal for anyone looking to improve the way they use lighting in their photography.
I will be looking the app over in the coming days and run it through the paces. From what I’ve seen so far, it looks to be a great training tool for anyone looking to improve their photographs by mastering essential lighting techniques.