Lower Level Commentary, Episode 1

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Welcome to our all-new podcast featuring reviews of movies, television, books, games, music, current events and so much more.

Brought to you by the team behind Popcorn Diaries. After a short hiatus, Joe and Adriana are back with this new revamped format and podcast.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach and continue to support us as we embark on this new adventure. Here’s the first episode:

If you have episode ideas or suggestions or want us to review your favorite book, music, movie, television show, etc. please let us know. We’ll be back soon with all new material!

Photography Week at Studio 300

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Whether you’re a seasoned shutter bug or just want to improve your photography skills, join us for a week of classes for those who love being behind the camera ready to catch special moments.

Macro Photography
Monday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.
Gain a unique up-close perspective of objects and people to reveal fine details within your pictures.

Photography Basics
Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.
Improve your photography skills by learning camera and composition techniques.

Flash Photography
Thursday, February 16, 6:30 p.m.
Use flash and flash adapters to move your photography forward. This class is better suited for experienced DSLR photographers.

Portrait Photography
Saturday, February 18, 2 p.m. 
Learn lighting, posing and other techniques for when working with a live model.

The above classes require registration.

Want more photography help?

Drop in to Studio 300 on Thursday, February 23 for All Things Photography & Video to get answers to your pressing photography questions from our Studio 300 experts!

Escape from Azkaban

On November 12, 2016, Fountaindale Public Library hosted the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them event. Wizards of all ages gathered and participated in the various activities that were available. At the end of the day, though, dark forces gathered and there was a mass breakout from the wizard prison Azkaban. Aurors were dispatched on the double, but many of the escaped wizards are still at large. Wanted posters are posted in all major cities and wizards are urged to remain vigilant!

Thank you to all the volunteers and staff that worked on this project and special thanks to all our patrons who participated in the event.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Join us for a fun-filled day in the wizarding world of 1920s New York before the highly anticipated Fantastic Beasts film hits theaters. Dress as your favorite witch or wizard and be prepared for a magical experience! Don’t miss this celebration of all things Harry Potter for wizards—and muggles—of all ages!

Studio 300 joins in on the celebration by placing you under arrest! Come down to the lower level between 2-3p.m. to have your very own Azkaban poster shot live on our Tricaster system. Witches and Wizards of all ages are welcome to participate.

Beware of the Demetor lurking around the studio!

Wildlife Photography

wildOn October 4th, 2016  at 6:30 p.m., photographer Mike Smith comes to Fountaindale Public Library to share his knowledge and experience. Since 1985 Mike Smith has been creating stunning imagery through his photographic skills. Your pre-safari workshop will consist of instruction on how to achieve stunning wildlife images. You will learn tips and tricks—such as how to work with fences and glass that come between you and the animals—to improve your composition for shots taken in both the wild and zoo environments.

You don’t have to be a pro to learn, anyone with an interest in photography will benefit from this informative workshop. Registration is open for this event. Sign-up today!

Macro Photography

PROD-SHOT_10-2012_60Tamron_28947In a world full of big dreams sometimes it’s the smallest details that may change your perspective. Or, at least, that’s what a macro lens can reveal. Recently, Studio 300 acquired the Tamron 60mm f2 macro lens, and, of course, we created a class for its debut. All of the patrons who participated in this hands-on class really enjoyed the extreme close encounters they had using the macro lens and a DSLR camera. Take a look at some of the great photos they took in the video below or by visiting our Flickr site.

 

 

Photography Bootcamp 2016

July 11th dawned bright and sunny, so the tweens set out on their photo adventure! During this Photo Bootcamp our young patrons learned about photo composition and using the rule of thirds to take better pictures. Their objective was to complete a photo scavenger hunt. Laughing and jumping, dancing and making silly faces, they spent the morning having fun while learning to be better photographers.

The afternoon was sweltering so as the heat index rose, the teens explored the library with its comfortable A/C. The teens learned how to compose pictures and to apply the rule of thirds. With their scavenger hunt they explored the four floors of Fountaindale Public Library.

Both groups did a phenomenal job and had fun while learning photography techniques. Take a look at some of the great photographs they took that day by visiting our Flickr site.

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Popcorn Diaries, Episode 027

Listen in as Joe and Adriana discuss movie music, songs and soundtracks. Every movie has its own score whether it uses chart toppers or is an original score music can make or break a movie. Joe and Adriana will talk about some of the most memorable songs ever used, some that have been overused and their top three favorite composers. This episode is all about the sound of movies. Comment below if you have a favorite song you love to hear, or one that you may be tired of hearing.

Popcorn Diaries, Episode 26

There was a time when big hair, bright colors, and slogan t-shirts were all the rage. Yes, Popcorn Diaries takes a trip down memory lane and revisits all the movies of the 1980s. Listen in as Joe and Adriana discuss their favorite (and not so favorite) movies from that era. Nostalgia is rampant throughout this episode, so join us and relive some of the funniest and craziest moments in movie history.

Popcorn Diaries, Episode 025

George-A.-RomeroSpooky ghouls are out for blood in this Halloween edition of Popcorn Diaries. Listen in as Joe and Adriana recount the ever popular George Romero films. From Night of the Living Dead to Survival of the Dead, it’s zombies, zombies, and more zombies! If you love the zombie revolution then this is the episode for you.

George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; however, by all indications, he was very successful.

“My stories are about humans and how they react, or fail to react, or react stupidly. I’m pointing the finger at us, not at the zombies. I try to respect and sympathize with the zombies as much as possible.”