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Valerie  Witte

Working with Chris Orwig Is My Harvard

By Valerie WitteFeb 23, 2016

How do you deal with roadblocks to creativity, like lack of time, or being overly tired? Where do you find inspiration and how can you consistently draw from that to improve your mind-set and your ability to create? How can you learn to open yourself up to things that are risky—but that might result in something wonderful that you could never have otherwise foreseen?

Brad Yale

Travel Chat Storify Recap with @ThePlanetD

By Brad YaleJan 12, 2016

In our pursuit to find the best travel photographer's in the world in the hopes of learning some of their skills, we had the wonderful luck of spending sometime with @ThePlanetD for a very special #TravelChat. Here, below, the recap of the very educational and very visually striking day of questions. 

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Jim Krause, Design & Typography, #Authorchat

By Brad YaleDec 1, 2015

Author and Designer Jim Krause sat down with Peachpit a bit back to discuss his work and all sorts of ideas surrounding visual design, color design and typography. Here, below, is the Twitter #Authorchat. 

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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".

Valerie  Witte

Top Five Highlights from Photoshop World 2015

By Valerie WitteAug 17, 2015

For three days in August, thousands of photographers, designers, exhibitors, educators, and learners descended upon Vegas for Photoshop World 2015. This year, Peachpit, along with KelbyOne, was out in force, introducing readers to great content and instructors, and having a blast in the process. Here are my top five highlights of the show.

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.

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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.

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