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Ming Thein’s Photography Compendium

By KH Yeo

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There are a million and one camera apps out there. But how many of them actually teach you about photography? What if you want to know, say, the difference between CHROmatic and COmatic aberration? Or perhaps you need some help with Photoshop, a dose of pictorial inspiration, a camera review, a concise opinion on whether a particular lens is worth buying, or a deconstructivist philosophical article to figure out exactly what’s missing from your images?

Brought to you by renown photographer and writer Ming Thein of, the Photographic Compendium covers all of these things:

The photographic dictionary contains most of the commonly-encountered technical terms (email us if you’ve got one that isn’t included, and we’ll do our best) and common acronyms used in photography today.

If you need to figure out whether you should buy lens A or lens B, look no further. This section includes a concise opinion on every single piece of equipment that Ming Thein has ever used – quite a lot, considering he used to review cameras for a living. It’s a living document and will continue to be regularly updated as more new equipment is released. Ming will also only opine on things he’s actually used and shot with.

Training videos
One of the more popular things Ming has done is the Photoshop Workflow for Photographers DVD – we’ve now expanded on that, with new images and new individual segments for specific purposes; video on demand lets you buy only the segments you need, and get them straight away. No more waiting for the postman! We also plan to continually release new segments on a regular basis – some dealing with more advanced retouching or editing techniques, some dealing with new images, some camera-specific. You can also request a video. For iPads with Retina display the videos are delivered in HD. We also use a global content distribution network to ensure that you have quick access to our high quality videos.

Photo stream
Think of it as your daily inspiration – this feed pulls the latest images from Ming Thein’s own photographic work.

Blog aggregator
A bonus feature to cache the most recent articles to read offline – handy if you don’t have an internet connection. And we all know that the images are best appreciated on a larger screen than your phone.

This app is also Retina display compatible.

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Customer Reviews

Great Resource

I found this app to be a well organized resource that compliments Ming's blog quite well. His articles are very thorough and go well beyond the somewhat superficial photography articles that seem to be prevalent elsewhere on the internet. There aren't that many great photographers out there who are willing to provide insight into things like their workflow and thoughts on composition, at least at a substantive level, so I was pleased to come across his site and this app. I also bought the Monochrom File Processing video through the app which was impressive and hope to be able to attend one of his workshops at some point. Nicely done.

Great APP, lots of good info and a place to buy other contents

The app is great, it is well done and the content is great as well. It is a collection of Articles written by the Photographer and Bloger Ming Thein, His web site is full of good content. This app is a better way of learning from him.

You can also buy his videos with in the APP which is convenient.


Ming's app is just like his blog, very well done. I like to support starving artists like myself so the price paid is worth it to me. Every little bit helps and doesn't break my piggy bank. I've learned how to 'see' with a more analytical, critical eye that has improved my work, so I owe him.

Ming Thein’s Photography Compendium
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  • $1.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
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  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 3.1 MB
  • Languages: English, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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