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I was able to do something similar by hanging two white pillow cases in my office window on a sunny day. The background ends up blurred so the setup doesn’t need to be perfect.
Taking the Photo
Use a camera with manual settings to control the shutter and aperture against the bright conditions. Keep the aperture fairly open so the background is blurred and you get a small depth of field. If your camera has a zoom lens, zoom between 50mm and 85mm. Take a number of test shots and look at the pictures on a bigger screen before taking the final photo. It is possible to do this on a phone camera.
Proper position of your chin and forehead helps accentuate your jawline and remove wrinkles from your chin and neck. This video by photographer Peter Hurley is a little long but taught me everything I know about sticking out my face. Basically you extend your chin and forehead slightly towards the camera. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe3oJnFtA_k
Photoshop is too much for me, I tend to look for single-purpose apps when I need to edit photos. In this case I found one on iOS called FaceTune that worked great. http://www.facetuneapp.com/
For the final picture, I removed blemishes, whitened teeth and eyes, and softened harsh wrinkles.
The Final Product
Not bad. If I set it all up again, I’d try to have a better light source on my face to balance out the picture. But the approach is fairly simple and can produce a good result.
Recently email signatures have caught my eye; most signatures are too long, ugly, and extraneously verbose.
To create the perfect signature:
Create the signature text on one line with multiple sections. Use a bold, lowercase, one-letter descriptor for each section and a vertical bar separator between sections. For example, “Joel Leichty | t @AXManuals | …”.
Use a smaller font size than your normal email text – nine or ten is good.
After creating the text, modify the signature using an HTML editor. I found this blog post with a great explaination of how to edit the HTML signature when using Outlook.
In the HTML editor, add the “<hr>” tag before the signature line, which will insert a scalable horizontal line.
Also in the HTML editor, insert the non-breaking space character between the one-letter descriptor and the text. Instead of a space, use the character code “ ”. For example, “<b>n</b> Joel Leichty | “. Adding this special character keeps the signature organized when displayed on different screen sizes.
Do you have an even more perfect email signature? Let me know in the comments.