Photography – Capturing Watson – An Interview with Albert Watson

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I am a huge fan of Albert Watson OBE, so when Taschen sent me this interview, I thought I would share it with you too. Watson has just completed a new book with Taschen, entitled KAOS. The book is not only oozing with dazzling subjects but also, the well known ravishing Taschen quality, of which, there’s nothing really like it. KAOS spans nearly half a century of photography to encounter stars, statesmen, women, and strangers; bound through neon-blazing cities; find figures poised, gymnastic, or shimmering with nude eroticism; roam the bright lights and the backstreets; soak up extravagant sunsets; enter the controlled studio environment; and breathe in the elemental wilds of the photographer’s native Scotland.

This book is limited to a total of 1,200 numbered copies signed by Albert Watson, this book is available as a Collector’s Edition (No. 201–1,200), and also as four signed Art Editions of 50 copies each (No. 1–200), all with a signed print. It currently retails for £1,150. To find out more, or to place an order, go here.

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Shoot For The Moon with an iPhone – Apple

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Well, the pun is in the title… we all need to shoot for the moon or ‘altius aim’ (from Latin, ‘aim higher) as it was carved into the stone above my school entrance and is now firmly planted in my brain. If however, you just want to shoot the moon with your iPhone and it is actually possible, then follow this short video by Apple showing you how it’s done.

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Moment Mobile Photography Trip to Alaska

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Moment the uber popular mobile photography lens manufacturer have created ‘Moment Trips’. A new way for you and your friends to travel and enjoy Moment. On a Moment Trip, you can be sure you’ll travel to the most incredible places on earth, test your limits, and learn photography from the very best.

This is their first trip and they have chosen Juneau, Alaska. Nestled on the Alaskan panhandle, it’s America’s most remote capital city — inaccessible by road. Surrounded by mountains, rainforests, glaciers, and pristine waterways, it is a stunning visual feast that you can only visit by plane or boat.  Beginning the adventure in the quaint downtown area before exploring its surroundings by foot, tramway, kayak, and even helicopter. We’ll rappel into ice caves, explore abandoned mining settlements, and improve our photo skills with landscape, portraits, and wildlife.

Dan Rubin will be your teacher. Dan is a designer, photographer, and creative director based in London. In addition to helping startups and established brands solve design problems, he travels the world on photographic commissions for American Express, Barbour, Ducati, Land Rover, O2, RedBull, Starwood Hotels, Travel + Leisure, Williams Martini, and more. Dan is no stranger to destination workshops having led a successful workshop similar to this in the Faroe Islands last year. Dan will be sharing his vast knowledge of landscape photography that’s made him a highly sought after creative.

Space is very limited on this first ever Moment Trip, so book your spot today (here).

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Full Day Of iPhoneography Workshops For $99

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Join three experienced and frequently exhibited iPhoneography teachers at the Los Angeles Festival of Photography on April 22, 2017 for a full day of workshops for just $99! All three were featured in the book The Art of iPhone Photography from Rocky Nook Books (Bob and Nicki were the co-authors, and David Ingraham was another contributor):

  • Nicki Fitz-Gerald: Life in Layers – Creative iPhone Artistry: Join UK photo artist Nicki as she walks us through her world, pushing the limits of how we see through the lens of an iPhone; literally painting with light, creating impressionist photo paintings, the results of which are often cut up and combined with photos of marks, patterns, textures, shapes and text (all captured on the iPhone) to create her more abstract and expressive collage works.
  • David Ingraham: The iPhone Darkroom: Join photographer David Ingraham as he demonstrates how to apply simple-yet-effective darkroom techniques using only a handful of iPhone apps to achieve tonally-rich, tactile, ready-to-print black-and-white images, all from the palm of your hand.
  • Bob Weil: Creating Conceptual Art on Mobile Devices: Join Bob for a deep dive into one man’s creative process, and discover some of the tools and techniques you’ll need to harness your own creative muse and produce work that represents your own personal view and aesthetic vision.

Learn more here about the package of three workshops:

http://laphotofestival.com/product/mobile-photography-workshops/

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Viral Smartphone Photography & Video Techniques – Secrets of Shooting RAW on iPhone 7 & 7 Plus!

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Joseph Linaschke otherwise known as PhotoJoseph – a colleague I used to work with demonstrates how to get the most from your RAW photography on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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Apple Launches Dedicated Accessibilty Website and we are Excited!

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Apple premiered their Keynote yesterday with a video highlighting their brand new Accessibility website. I was immensely touched by this, not only because I have a disability myself but I have dear friends and family, as many of us do, with disabilities and anything that technology can do to help us all feel and be more involved within this world, is a truly wonderful thing.

This morning, I have spent some time with my audiologist, I have moderate to profound hearing loss and wear hearing aids full time. These are a life line but they do present problems for me, in certain situations.  When using the telephone, I receive a lot of feedback. Unfortunately the digital hearing aids, that I do have (my dear husband purchased these for me two years ago – prior to that it was difficult from birth, although I am an expert at lip-reading), are not ‘Made for iPhone’ and I really hoped they might be. This feature would allow me to manage audio levels from my iPhone and help me when using the telephone, or recording podcasts for example in my work. Both of these are incredibly trying for me to manage. I do have a remote control with various settings and I can reduce background noises in loud places but if I were and I am not in a position to and if you are and you need them, then I would strongly recommend looking for ‘Made for iPhone’ hearing aids. The features are incredible, it is even possible to check the battery status for each aid, these always seem to go at the most inconvenient of times.

I will post some of the features below, the new Accessibility website is truly wonderful. We have a Photo and Accessibility section within TheAppWhisperer and we have a wonderful writer, Luis Perez. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator whose work focuses on accessibility and inclusive design. He received his doctorate in special education from the University of South Florida in 2013 and is the author of Mobile Learning for All from Corwin Press. His work has appeared in THE Journal, The Loop Magazine, and the New York Times Bits Blog. You can read more about Luis here.

Of course, the audiology section is only one part of Apple’s Accessibility website and we will be looking at each section in turn. There really is so much help, for example with autism (I further studied Autism in Children at University), as well as Switch Control, Workout videos and more!

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Mobile Videography – MoJo – Interview with Chris Demiris and Terri Morgan from LumaTouch

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We are delighted to publish the first of a new series of mobile videography developer interviews edited by Vanessa Vox. This week Vox talks with Chris Demiris and Terri Morgan from LumaTouch. I think you will enjoy this very much… (foreword by Joanne Carter)

“LumaClip and LumaFX (released 2016) are two powerful iOS video apps they come highly recommended and are easy to use. Thus, I was very curious to know more about the developers behind these innovative new products.

In 2013 Chris Demiris (Engineering) and Terri Morgan (Design) co-founded ‘LumaTouch’ in Sandy (Utah, USA). Their intention was to ‘create innovative video products that take full advantage of modern touch interfaces’.

Previously Demiris and Morgan were the principal designer and the lead developer of ‘Pinnacle Studio’ for iOS. Their newly founded company ‘LumaTouch’ is still responsible for the updates of this well known and awarded video editing app. Currently a major overhaul of ‘Pinnacle Studio’ and ‘Pinnacle Studio Pro’ is under way.

The secret behind the success of LumaTouch is the development of the ‘SpryEngine’, the result of three years work. Spry is a powerful framework for developing video apps utilising the latest features of iOS. It is for this reason that LumaTouch is taking a leadership position.

The ‘SpryEngine’ is designed to handle many layers. The app LumaFX as an example is built on this basis, and allows to add up to eight real time effects on a clip. This was almost impossible before. It means more speed, more functions and more fun for the users.

Now let’s have a talk with Terri and Chris about their work and their vision”.

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Professional iPhone Photography Course in the South of France May 2016

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We are delighted to recommend this professional iPhone Photography course that is being held in the South of France in May 2016.  This extensive course will be presented by Rad Drew, a very established mobile photographer. We have featured his work throughout TheAppWhisperer.com and if you would like to see some examples of that, please go here.

Rad Drew has a talent for keeping his photography real. From the initial execution to the final production, Drew’s imagery reflects reality. His work is fine and graceful with a demonstrable human insight”, Brought to Light Interview, Joanne Carter, TheAppWhisperer.com, January 2016.

Rad Drew asks these questions of artists curious about joining this course:

Would you like to spend ample time learning from an experienced iPhone photographer how to capture, edit and stylise images using your iPhone or your iPad?

Would you like to be catered to while luxuriating in the South of France?

Would you like the opportunity to visit and photograph quaint French villages and capture gorgeous landscapes with the help of an experienced photographer who can guide and coach you along the way?

He goes on to say, “If you said yes to any of these questions, then this workshop is for YOU!”

This 10 day course will take place in Larnagol, France, where you will photograph in the beautiful and rich French countryside. Each day will be spent learning to process those images into works of art on the iPhone. As an added bonus, you’ll have the opportunity to create a keepsake metal art object inspired by the surrounding countryside under the tutelage of award-winning metalsmith, Nancy Lee. The experience of working in metal will not only give you an appreciation of this ancient art, but will also allow you to exercise your artistic spirit in ways that may benefit your creative process overall.

To find out more, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/1MZaBGE

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The Royal Photographic Society Education – Workshops and Lectures in Partnership with TheAppWhisperer

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I just mentioned how delighted I am to be working closer with The Royal Photographic Society (The RPS) and reported on their very generous bursaries (see here).  I also wanted to draw your attention to a series of Visual Literacy Lectures that The RPS are hosting within the UK during the year.

This year’s educational focus is on Women in Photography and featured photographers range from early pioneers such as Julia Margaret Cameron and renowned street photographers including Vivian Maier to contemporary photographers such as Gina Glover and Eva Stenham.

This series of talks reflects on the historical and contemporary contribution made by women to photography. From the perspective of the photographer, we will be discussing their work and asking how and if gender makes a difference to the way they work and the influence it may have on their subject.

Further talks focus on photographers known for their iconic images of women before and during the age of glamour, and consider the unique relationship these photographers had with their sitters.

Read below to find out more and to book/enquire go here:

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