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Using Qualitative Research to Inform a Customer-Centric Design
By Michael Krypel
Apr 23, 2014
This chapter from Refining Design for Business: Using analytics, marketing, and technology to inform customer-centric design discusses several types of qualitative research and shows how they can be used to generate test ideas while providing insights that will help guide the business in an evolving marketplace.
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Five Interaction Design Tips for Your Mobile App
By Cameron Banga, Josh Weinhold
Apr 22, 2014
Apps for mobile platforms might seem simple, but they're far from it. Programs that run on smartphones and tablets have their own style and rules, which are far different from the protocols and techniques established on their desktop computer ancestors. Cameron Banga and Josh Weinhold share five tips for perfecting your app designs in ways that will help you meet or exceed your users' expectations.
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Using Advanced Modes with Your Sony A7 / A7R
By Brian Smith
Apr 21, 2014
Brian Smith explores Program Auto Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, and Manual Mode in the Sony A7 and A7R cameras. He also shows how these modes open up a range of options not possible in full auto modes, including shooting in RAW and applying creative styles and picture effects.
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Working with Natural Light in Portrait Photography
By Erik Valind
Apr 17, 2014
Natural light doesn't always mean pretty light. Erik Valind explains that once you understand what you’re looking at, it becomes very easy to compose your portraits to put your subjects in their best light.
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Sidestepping the Banana Skins: How to Avoid Common Type Mistakes in InDesign
By Nigel French
Apr 16, 2014
Don't make yourself easy prey for the type pedants out there who will mock you for using an opening quote mark instead of an apostrophe. While rules are made to be broken, Nigel French, author of InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign, 3rd Edition, offers ten rules of InDesign type that should (almost) never be broken.
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Color Correction in Nuke
By Ron Ganbar
Apr 15, 2014
Nuke is a very advanced system that uses cutting-edge technology and theory to work with color. Therefore, it is important to understand Nuke’s approach to color so you understand color correcting within Nuke.
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Picture Perfect Posing: Three-Point Check Combinations
By Roberto Valenzuela
Apr 14, 2014
Photographers can create very distinct energies and looks in a photo by focusing specifically on only three parts of the body: the collarbone, the chin, and the eyes. By combining these three with two posing options, you will be able to create any feeling you desire.
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Nikon D610: The Professional Modes
By Rob Sylvan
Apr 10, 2014
If you really want to take that next step in controlling your photography, it is essential that you understand not only how to control the Nikon D610's professional modes, but why you are controlling them. Rob Sylvan explores Program Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, and Manual Mode.
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Understanding How Light Affects Your Photography
By Jeff Revell
Apr 8, 2014
Understanding light is one of the most important skills in photography. Jeff Revell discusses the properties of light, types of light, quality of light and direction of light, and how these aspects affect your photograph.
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From Snapshots to Great Shots: An Interview with Photographer Jeff Revell
By Peachpit, Jeff Revell
Apr 7, 2014
Jeff Revell answers our questions about his favorite camera, the most overused photography tool, and what's so great about photowalks.
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Portrait Photography FuelTip: Three Keys to a Successful Composite Portrait
By Eric Doggett
Apr 3, 2014
In this excerpt from Introduction to Compositing: Creating Your First Composite Portrait, Eric Doggett offers some tips that will give you the best results when creating a composite portrait.
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Portrait Photography FuelTip: Composing a Portrait
By Dan Ablan
Apr 2, 2014
In this excerpt from Composition for Portraiture: Creating Compelling Headshots, Group Shots, and Senior Pictures, Dan Ablan looks at portraits that go beyond the headshot.
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Portrait Photography FuelTip: How to Use Available Light for Your Environmental Portrait
By Kathleen Lavine
Apr 1, 2014
Kathleen Lavine, author of Environmental Portraiture: Tell Your Subject’s Story and Create Dynamic Portraits with One Bag of Gear, offers tips for how to use available light to tell your subject's story.
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Portrait Photography FuelTip: Taking Environmental Portraits of Strangers
By John Batdorff
Mar 31, 2014
John Batdorff offers advice on how to approach a stranger on the street about taking his photograph, in this excerpt from Street Photography: A Guide to Finding and Capturing Authentic Portraits and Streetscapes.
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Editing with Blade Speed in Final Cut Pro X 10.1
By Brendan Boykin
Mar 26, 2014
The variable speed change applies at least two different playback rates within a single clip. This effect requires dividing the clip into segments, one for each speed rate. Brendan Boykin shows you how in this excerpt from Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Professional Post-Production.
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Creating Custom Views and Custom Transitions in iOS Apps
By Richard Warren
Mar 24, 2014
In this chapter from Creating iOS Apps: Develop and Design, 2nd Edition, Rich Warren shows you how to customize the user interface. First, he looks at drawing. By drawing your own views, you can create a wide range of visual effects—and by extension, a wide range of custom controls. Then he looks at setting the transitions between scenes and providing animations for those transitions.
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Making the First Edit in Final Cut Pro X 10.1
By Brendan Boykin
Mar 20, 2014
In this excerpt from Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Professional Post-Production, learn how to add and rearrange clips within a primary storyline; Ripple, Roll, and Slip trim clips; blade, replace with gap, ripple delete, and join through edit; perform connect edits; create and edit in a connected storyline; adjust audio levels; and share the project to a media file.
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Nikon D5300: The Professional Modes
By Rob Sylvan
Mar 18, 2014
If you really want to take that next step in controlling your photography, it is essential that you understand not only how to control the Nikon D5300's professional modes, but why you are controlling them. Rob Sylvan explores Program Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, and Manual Mode.
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Getting Down & Dirty with Corey Barker: Corey's Favorite Photoshop Tricks
By Corey Barker
Mar 17, 2014
Corey Barker, author of Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers, Volume 2, shares some of his favorite Photoshop tricks.
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FuelBooks Urban and Street Photography Tip: Know Your Goal
By Todd Sipes
Mar 13, 2014
Todd Sipes, author of Urban Exploration Photography: A Guide to Shooting Abandoned Places, asks, are you shooting as an artist or a documentarian? Know what you're shooting and why.

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