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 Camp 2015, Week 2

SampleOur Teen patrons were busy snapping and Photoshop-ing pictures at this year’s Photography Summer Camp. The Teens took many pictures and applied new techniques to make their own photography better. Follow this link to see the results of their creative work. We hope you agree that there are some amazing pictures in the group.

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Stock photos

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The popular GraphicStock.com recently added 10,000 stock photos to their already extensive library of stock media. Fountaindale Public Library cardholders get free access to this stock media in Studio 300. Having access to royalty-free stock photos is often requested by our patrons, and we are happy to offer these additional choices. You can browse the media available at GraphicStock, but you can only download the images in Studio 300.

If you need video stock footage and royalty-free music, check out the other sites we provide: VideoBlocks and AudioBlocks.

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Selfie Stick at Studio 300

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Studio 300 now has a Revo Adjustable Selfie-Stick available for 3-day check-out. The device extends up to 37″ making it easier to take those hard-to-get photos. It’s ideal for small cameras, smartphones, and even has a mount for our GoPros cameras.

Use it on your next outing when you need extra reach for your photos and videos. Here’s a photo that shows it in action:

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Sarah (left) and Jeffrey (right) using the new “Selfie Stick” available from Studio 300 for 3-day checkout.

Photos of Bolingbrook Contest

FPLD_Old-NewThanks to all of our patrons who entered the Photos of Bolingbrook Contest. The photos are now on display in Studio 300, and you can vote for your favorites. You can also see them online by following this link to the library’s Flickr page.

Our contest was inspired both by the 50th Anniversary of Bolingbrook and by the Discover Earth activities developed for Star_Net (Science-Technology Activities and Resources for Libraries). Some of the big ideas behind Discover Earth are:

  • We belong to Earth
  • Each region is unique
  • Your home is changing

We hope you enjoy these photos. If any of them spark a memory for you, please share it with the library. We plan to add these photos to the Local History Room as a window on Bolingbrook in the past and the present.

Photographers in the making

17091123652_7bf68ce96a_mIt great when kids get excited about learning. Recently Joe and Adriana teamed up with our Children’s department to teach photography skills to our Tween patrons. After talking about some ways to improve their own everyday photography, the kids put what they learned into practice by taking pictures around the library. Follow this link to see their outstanding results.

Also, be sure to check out the Photos of Bolingbrook contest and show us your pictures – past or present – of Bolingbrook.

 

Digital Learning Day

Learn Blocks On Computer Screen Showing Online Kids EducationJoin us on Wednesday, February 4th for Digital Learning Day in Studio 300. Gain new skills or enhance those skills you already have. We are hosting several classes during that day. Click the links below for more information and to register. You can also call (630) 685-4260 to register. (Spaces are limited and classes do fill).

Also, all of these classes qualify for our on-going Passport to Success Program.