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Brad Yale

The Sketchnote Workbook #AuthorChat with Designer Mike Rohde

By Brad YaleOct 29, 2015

Here at Peachpit, we love great design and we love innovative ways of expressing ideas through smart imagery. In this vein, we were delighted when Mike Rohde, designer, developer of Sketchnotes and author of, "The Sketchnote Workbook: Advanced Techniques for Taking Visual Notes You Can Use Anywhere" and "The Sketchnote Handbook: The illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking" agreed to take part in the Peachpit #AuthorChat.

Below, for your Sketchnote and design love, is the Storify summary of that AuthorChat.

Brad Yale

Urban Exploration Photography #AuthorChat with Urbex Author Todd Sipes

By Brad YaleOct 20, 2015

With Halloween 2015 coming up, this is the right time of the year to post this. Todd Sipes, author of "Urban Exploration Photography: A Guide to Creating and Editing Images of Abandoned Places", took part in the Peachpit Twitter #AuthorChat over the summer. His work takes a deep look at the forgotten decay of modern society. 

His work is gobsmackingly (not a word, I know) incredible - both inspiring and creepy. His work brings him to locations which would make the majority of us run away. His work requires grit, determination and a certain sense for fleeing. His work is ballsy and wondrous. 

Take a few moments to check out his #AuthorChat below. 

Brad Yale

Peter Hurley, "The Headshot", Soundcloud Interview

By Brad YaleOct 19, 2015

In this wide ranging 43 minute interview, Peter Hurley sits down with Peachpit to discuss his new title, "The Headshot"

The interview covers everything from making it as a young photographer, to getting the most personable headshot from your subject, to dissecting the best headshot techniques.

The interview also covers some interesting bits of information Hurley has never told anyone in public.

Brad Yale

Photography #AuthorChat with Lightroom & Photoshop Video Author Mikkel Aaland

By Brad YaleOct 13, 2015

Last month, Lightroom & Photoshop author, Mikkel Aaland, participated in the @Peachpit #Authorchat. Check out the conversation below.

To grab a hold of Mikkel's new LightroomCC video learning product, "The Photographer's Workflow - Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC Learn by Video (2015 release", click the link.

The Photographer's Workflow - Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC Learn by Video (2015 release) by Mikkel Aaland
Brad Yale

Photography 101: Five Tips For Taking Incredible Mobile Photos in New York City

By Brad YaleSep 24, 2015

I'm a New Yorker. I've loved it all my life. Now, while I am not a professional photographer, I am a smartphone snapper. In this regard, here are some tips for taking excellent mobile photos of the greatest city in the world.

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.

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