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!

Websites for Learning Coding

code-MyOVmpU_If you are looking to learn HTML, Java, CSS, and other coding languages, there are a few websites available that can help. Codecademy is a free site where you earn badges as you progress through the lessons. Lynda.com is a pay site that offers extensive video-based training, but is free for Fountaindale library cardholders (access it with your FPLD card through this portal). After you’ve mastered the basics, check out CodeWars and improve your skills by performing different tasks.


Capturing an event

61bx9u1j0gw1y1tthkbjzijj8izrqmqCapturing a live event on video is a lot of fun, but it can be a bit challenging, too.  Graduations, school plays, and kids concerts, are just a few events you might consider capturing.

All you need is a video camera, a tripod, and a bit of planning.  Studio 300 can provide the equipment and give you some pointers to make sure you get great results. Keep an eye out for upcoming programs at Studio 300 about event videography.

Meanwhile, here’s a short event video about this year’s Winterfest.

Foley with Teens

IMG_0576In January the monthly Teen Media Club took on the task of learning the sound art of Foley. Using a short clip from the Pixar animated film, Wall-e, the teens gathered together odds and ends to recreate sounds to accompany the film.

While watching the film clip, they manipulated objects to bring sonic life to what they were watching on the screen. In one segment, a piece of bubble wrap and some gentle tapping and scraping with fingers simulated the walk of a cockroach. In another sequence, a cup, finger cymbal, plastic decoration, basketball, and other items became the sounds for a variety of items thrown by the title character into a lunch bucket.IMG_0580

Listen to some of the sounds made and recorded by the teens in Studio 300’s Audio suite L below.

New at Lynda.com

lynda_logo3r-d_144xMake a commitment in 2014 to learn new digital media creation and storytelling tools. Studio 300 can help. We have books, classes, and staff to assist.

You also might consider using Lynda.com (watch the Lynda.com story here). This unique training website teaches the latest software, creative, and business skills through high-quality online instructional videos featuring recognized industry experts.

You can access the vast Lynda.com library free exclusively from Studio 300. Browse the site to see what’s available to help you today. Some new topics just released include:

Get in the Mix with Logic Pro

  • Learn 23 advanced Logic Pro music mixing techniques as two engineers perform actual audio adjustments inside Logic. This includes files you can download and use inside Logic for hands-on learning.

Teacher Tips

  • Shows you how to stay up to date with the latest educational technology and classroom management techniques.

Creative DSLR Video Techniques

  • Focuses on the video capabilities of DSLR cameras. (There are videos available about DSLR photography, too.)

Business skills

  • Explore a wide range of business skills for developing your career,

Mac vs. PC

appleStudio 300 has 18 27-inch iMac computers eight of which have dual monitors.  Macs may seem like the opposite of PCs but there are only minor differences between Macs and PCs.  Let’s compare Mac OS X which is what we have in Studio 300 with computers running Windows.  Although PCs can mean any personal computer, in this instance we’re going to be using the term PC to  mean Windows.

There is no way of really knowing how many people are using Windows operating system over a Macs due to the availability of running Windows on a Mac computer and the growing popularity in Hackintosh which lets you download Mac software on your PC. That said the sales of Windows is still way above the sales of Macs at 78% according to data from Asymco making security attacks and viruses more prone on a PC.

If you play online video games, you’ll know that on Steam there are a lot more games for PC (at over 1,300 games) while there are only about 200 for a Mac.

The most obvious difference between a Mac and a PC is the price.  Where most Mac computers are over $1,000 you can get a PC for under that much.  The reasoning behind the price for Macs are due to the high gross profit margin, the quality in parts, and that everything is custom made making for a more effective customer support system.  When a problem does arise, only having to go to one Genius Bar and getting face-to-face assistance as opposed to possibly calling multiple oversees companies just to figure out the underlying problem is a big reason for customer satisfaction.  But there are smaller differences that can also enhance your experience.

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On Macs there is a dock that holds your favorite apps.  If you minimize a screen, it goes to the dock and if there are other apps open, a small light is displayed underneath that app on the dock.  You can decide how many and what app icons go on your dock and you can have it disappear for a larger viewing experience.

The keyboard is a little different on a Mac too.  The most common keyboard shortcuts on a PC use Ctrl plus another key but on a Mac the command key is used instead of the control key.  The PrintScrn key is non-existent on a Mac keyboard.  That shortcut is shift+command+4 which then changes the cursor to a cross-hair.  You can then click and drag anywhere on the screen to take a screen shot.  There are other keyboard and folder navigating differences that we can show you in Studio 300.

The software iMovie, Garageband, iPhoto and Photobooth are other great aspects of the iMacs in Studio 300 that you may not necessarily find on a PC .

If you’re interested in learning more about how to use a Mac or any of the software listed above, sign up for a class in Studio 300.

Logic Pro training comes to Studio 300

logicBecause of the ever-growing popularity of its audio capabilities, Studio 300 will soon expand its programming to offer software training on Apple’s powerful audio software Logic Pro.

Logic Pro is state-of-the-art digital audio workstation software that combines full recording capabilities with virtual instruments, sequencing, and digital effects processing.  Since its earliest versions in 2004, Logic Pro has evolved into an industry standard in recording studios around the world.  Its layout and design allows users to jump into a project quickly and easily, while offering endless amounts of editing, manipulating, and mixing capabilities producing top-notch results.  Users are at a special advantage if they are familiar with Logic’s sibling, GarageBand, and its simpler, user-friendly face. Many functions, features, and even hot-keys are shared between the two programs.

In late November, Studio 300 will begin offering programs on Logic Pro that will teach not only the general layout and function of the software, but getting students involved by creating their own projects.  Students will be challenged by recording, editing, and mixing audio, then sharing what they create in this hands-on class.

The Logic Pro programs will be offered on Monday, November 25 at 6:30pm and Friday December 6 at 3:00pm. Sign-up begins 21 days prior to those dates. Meanwhile, you can checkout our popular Making Music in Studio 300 classes (featuring GarageBand) in September and October.

Native American flutes recorded

DSC03338After a few weeks of instruction, several Fountaindale Public Library patrons completed their initial training on the Native American Flute. During their last session, they performed several pieces. Studio 300 was there to help record these performances for the students to keep and share. Below is an excerpt of just some of the music played that evening.

Native American flute performances recorded with Studio 300.

Interested in learning how to record audio and music in Studio 300? Take one of our popular programs or stop in to schedule a one-on-one training session. Maybe we can feature your work in a future blog post.