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Brad Yale

Tips on Shooting A Killer Headshot from a Photography Idiot

By Brad YaleAug 19, 2015

I don't own a camera outside of my smartphone. I can't remember the last time I owned a camera and I have never once considered myself a photographer. Outside of snapping some mobile pics to throw on Instagram, my photographer cred is pretty nil.

This being said, after spending last week in Las Vegas for Photoshop World 2015 where I spent more time watching people take photos, snap selfie headshots of themselves and following around Mr. Peter Hurley to watch a master at work, here are my bulletproof idiot tips for taking an amazing headshot. 

For much better tips, pick up Mr. Hurley's new title, "The Headshot".

Brad Yale

Photography 101: Tips for Better Smartphone Panorama Photos

By Brad YaleJul 20, 2015

As mobile photography - smartphone photography - has gotten better and better, the advance of easy to shoot panorama photography has crept into the mobile photo landscape. With this in mind, we want to take this time to highlight some tips for taking cool panoramic mobile photos.

Brad Yale

Photography 101: Tips for Better Smartphone Photos

By Brad YaleJul 14, 2015

I know, there is a stigma against smartphone photography. For all the die hard Canon or Nikon fans out there, I can understand your feelings when it comes to taking and composing a photo - a good photo - with a smartphone. The entire idea of taking a photo with a phone just seems, so, transient, fleeting and silly.

While I understand the consternation, I also believe a good photo is a good photo regardless of how it was taken. For this reason, I endorse smartphone photography. More specifically, I want to make it better.

In this light, here are some tips for making your mobile photography better.

Brad Yale

Photography 101: Five Tips For Taking Incredible Mobile Photos in the Sun

By Brad YaleMay 14, 2015

As mentioned in my first post concerning "The Best Android Camera Apps Right Now", I know next to nothing about photography.

This said, I know how to figure things out. As such, here are some basic tips for taking mobile photos in the sunlight.

For more great information on how to turn a snapshot into a great shot, check out these great photography titles.

Laura Ross

Be a Beta Tester!

By Laura RossMar 2, 2010

We are looking for some test subjects ... [insert evil genius laugh here.]

Laura Ross

Cliff Atkinson Twitterview - FRIDAY

By Laura RossFeb 24, 2010

You may have seen it, heard about it, or been involved in one yourself. This Friday, author @cliffatkinson will participate in a live Twitterview with @Peachpit to answer all your questions about the "backchannel" phenomenon.
Jason Teague

Expand Your Font Repertoire

By Jason Cranford TeagueNov 30, 2009

Q: Are there alternatives to Arial, Times, and Georgia for Web designers?

The short answer is YES!

The slightly longer answer is that most designers use Arial, Times, or Georgia, and, to a lesser degree, Verdana, Trebuchet MS, Courier, and Comic Sans because they think that’s all they have at their disposal, but they are wrong.

The long answer is that the core Web fonts (the one listed above plus Impact and Web Dings) are used because they are almost guaranteed to be installed on the vast majority of computers your designs are likely to be installed on. One fact of life in Web design is that unless the end user's computer has access to the font file, then the browser cannot use it.

Jason Teague

Ask me, ask me, ask me

By Jason Cranford TeagueJul 1, 2009

Do you have a question about Web standards, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, interaction design, user experience, or Web typography? Maybe you just want to know "How'd they do that?" Ask me questions, and each week I will select a question to answer via my Peachpit.com blog.

Laura Ross

Yes We Did! Twitterview Transcript with @RahafHarfoush and @Peachpit

By Laura RossJun 30, 2009

On Thursday, June 25, @Peachpit and @RahafHarfoush threw down for a live, full-hour Twitterview about the Obama campaign’s use of social media. Check out the transcript and suggest the next Twitterview author!

Karyn Johnson

Harness the power of your mind and master CSS

By Karyn JohnsonApr 1, 2009

As a Web designer, do you struggle with clients who have unreasonable expectations? Do you worry about Web browsers mucking up your code? When it comes right down to it, the only way to solve these problems is to conquer your demons and put away negative feelings...

Laura Ross

SocialCorp LIVE - Seeing Joel Postman

By Laura RossNov 17, 2008

I recently had the tremendous pleasure of listening in as Joel Postman, author of the forthcoming SocialCorp, delivered a presentation on the use of social media by corporate America. Fascinating stuff!

Sara Jane Todd

Customers Vote on Their 2008 Amazon Favorites

By Sara Jane ToddNov 12, 2008

Peachpit authors Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, and Garr Reynolds are Amazon customer favorites.

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