Light painting photography is a fun activity for kids of all ages. Recently Studio 300 hosted a light painting portrait class for adults where our patrons learned the basic photography skills required for successful images. Then we kicked it in to high gear and added a flash to create some fun and interesting portraits. Go to our Flickr page for the results of the class.
Head on over to our Flickr site to see the finished photos from this year’s Fountaindale Public Library annual program. You can download various sizes of these finished portraits from Flickr and share them however you wish.
Coco-theme pictures from the 2018 Ice Cream Social are now available to download and share from our Flickr site.
Our Tween patrons were busy snapping and Photoshop-ing pictures at this year’s Photography Summer Camp. The Tweens took many pictures and applied new techniques to make their own photography better. Follow this link to the Studio 300 Flickr page to see the results of their creative work. We hope you agree that there are some amazing pictures in the group.
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.
Why is it that a picture that looks nice on your computer screen doesn’t look as nice when you print it? This degradation will happen if the resolution of the picture is lower than the size you want to print. Here are some tips to help prevent these kinds of printing disappointments.
Before you print a picture, check out its original size. To do this save your picture to the computer, right click on it, then click on “Properties” if using a PC or “Get Info” if on a Mac. See the pictures below:
For PC users, click on the “Details” tab and scroll down to “Image”. For Mac users, click on the “More Info” arrow. See below:
In both cases, the Width and Height of the image displays. In the examples above, the PC image (left) is 480 pixels for width and 359 for height — or 480 x 359. The Mac example shows 1243 x 902.
Two variables for printing are image Pixel size and the Dots Per Inch (DPI) of the printer which for most printers is 300. Using the formula:
Pixel Width / DPI
Pixel Height / DPI
yields the maximum width and height of your image (in inches). For example, if you want to print a poster-sized image with 18″ x 24″ dimensions, the formula says that your image needs to be 5400 pixels x 7200 pixels — a rather high resolution. It is acceptable to scale down an image but scaling up will result in a distorted, pixelated print. In short, always use higher resolution images when printing.
This week Studio 300 hosted two Photography Summer Camps for Tween and Teen patrons. They learned tips and techniques for taking better photos and manipulating them using Adobe Photoshop. They took photos outside, portraits inside, and product shots using the Studio 300 photo tent. Below are just a few examples. See more of their work on our Flickr page by following this link.
Have you ever taken a picture or a video and it came out a bit dark? Here’s a little trick. A light reflector can vastly improve your images. Reflecting light can reduce shadows and lighten other dark areas. These reflectors come in many different sizes and colors (to help match different lighting conditions and skin tones). They are very light, fold into a small package, and are far easier to use than hauling a big, heavy light kit around.
Too much light coming from behind your subject? See the example picture to the left. Use a white reflector to bounce some sunlight back into your subject and produce a nice soft fill. A gold reflector can provide a warm light fill, too.
Studio 300 has reflectors available for check out. Stop by and we’ll show you how easy they are to use.
Want to learn how to use the Wacom drawing tablet to paint on the computer? This April and May we are offering Photoshop 103 – Digital Painting. You will learn how the brush tool works, how to create your own brushes, how to upload free brushes, and how to use the Wacom drawing tablets. Use these skills for digital illustration, to create dynamic photos, and for scrapbooks.
All DSLR cameras have internal light meters that attempt to determine the proper exposure setting for a picture. However, depending on the composition of a shot, the camera’s internal metering system may not be accurate enough. Using an external handheld light meter, such as the Sekonic 478D, can really make the difference between a good picture and a great one.
The touch screen interface lends itself to an intuitive workflow and the visual layout of the screen is easy to navigate and understand, even for a novice. Great results can be achieved in a short time. So take your DLSR pictures to the next level! Stop by Studio 300 and we’ll show you just how easy the meter is to use.