Not so long ago, we held a poll on our site that asked the question, “What kind of post would you most like to see on our blog?” By a pretty substantial margin, “Lighting Tips and Tutorials” won out over all the other options.
So, when the idea of creating our first educational iPad app came about, creating an app that housed a series of lighting tutorials was pretty-much a no-brainer. So, without further ado, we present: The BorrowLenses.com Lighting Cookbook.
For this app, we basically took some of the most popular lighting-related stories from our blog, added a bunch we shot and wrote up specifically for this app, and presented all of it in a single, easy-to-reference package. The goal was to create a resource that you could either flip through at your leisure, or pick up and check the lighting diagram for an image featured in the app.
To start with, we have ten “recipes” for you. Besides the finished image, each recipe has a gear list with easy links back to that item’s rental page, a lighting diagram, and a brief description of the methodology behind the image. For a few select “Featured Recipes,” we’ve gone a step further, showing you behind-the-scenes images, setup shots, and a more detailed explanation of the photographer’s mindset and process.
The app also features a Foreword by noted photographer and educator Syl Arena. Syl wrote what many consider to be the bible of Canon flash photography, and was kind enough to pen a few words to introduce the app.
While we’ve started with just ten recipes, this is by no means a static app. We’ve already got an update in the works that will bring you even more recipes, behind-the-scenes images, and even videos.
The BL Lighting Cookbook is available now for the iPad only, on the iTunes App Store. Get it now!