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!

Video Promotion Ideas

Use the resources at Studio 300 to make a video that promotes your business, service, event, cause, or something else. You can checkout video cameras, microphones, and tripods for working outside of the library. Or you can use the video production rooms to make your project right in Studio 300.

Our iMac computers have the latest editing software so you can give your video all the finishing touches – titles, music, and more! You even have free access to stock video, audio, music, and graphics content. Of course, our staff will offer assistance by answering questions and pointing you to free resources that can ensure your video is a success.

Stuck on an idea? Here are a few different approaches you might consider for your promotional video. All were produced by Studio 300 staff using the same resources that are available to our patrons. Check them out:

Notes on the clips:

  • Summer Adventure used Comic Life 2 and After Effects.
  • Passport to Success used After Effects and Premiere Pro with the voice-over recorded in Studio 300.
  • Lincoln used iMovie, After Effects, and Premiere Pro with ALA-supplied graphics and stock music from AudioBlocks.
  • Passport Career Track used an AC-160 camera, Premiere Pro, voice-over recorded in Studio 300, and stock music from AudioBlocks.
  • Studio 300 Adventure used an iMovie Trailer template with footage from an AC-160 camera. (One clip used stock footage from VideoBlocks with a little help from After Effects).
  • Studio 300 Sneak Peek used stock footage from Digital Juice and the Prelinger Archives. This was made before Studio 300 opened, so other resources were used at the time.

 

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.

 

New iMovie 10 in Studio 300

iMovie 10 is even better than its predecessor and Studio 300 will have it soon. One improvement is the import process.  Selecting the clips you want is easier and you can import audio, pictures, and video at the same time without waiting for all the files to import before you can start working.

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The horizontal timeline makes it easier to drag clips on top of another clip for layering or green screen work.

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There’s an Adjust Bar located above the Viewer for quickly making changes to your clips.  These icons light up so you can tell if it was adjusted or not.

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Also, there’s an iMovie Theater for saving your finished movies to your personal iCloud account and can watch them on your Mac or iOS device.

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This iMovie update arrives soon in Studio 300. Stay tuned.

Fixing Pixelated Printing Problems

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:

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For PC users, click on the “Details” tab and scroll down to “Image”. For Mac users, click on the “More Info” arrow. See below:

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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.

Have you seen Lynda lately?

lynda-com-logoThe on-line training resource, Lynda.com, has been helping our patrons learn digital media technology (and more) since we opened Studio 300. Now Lynda.com is even better. You can access all its content for free and from anywhere with just your Fountaindale Public Library card. You can, of course, continue to access the site from the library, too. Click this link to sign-in and get started.

Lynda.com uses video-based training to help you learn the latest software tools and skills. Create an account, track your progress, and print certificates of completion when you finish a course. Topics include PhotoShop, iMovie, Blogging, and much more, and the site complements the resources available to you in Studio 300. Check out Lynda.com today.

Photoshop Club

photoIn late Summer we launched a new, ongoing Club Photoshop for our patrons. The club is for Photoshop enthusiasts at all skill levels — novice to advanced — who want to learn new techniques. Each month we demonstrate a project, provide instructions and project files, and then guide you through completing the project. Every month is different so there will always be something new to learn.

Upcoming projects for the Photoshop Club in 2015 include:

  • Photoshop Diet
  • 3D Techniques
  • Animation
  • Advanced Masking
  • And more …

Photoshop Club meets the last Wednesday of each month in 2015: 1/28, 2/25, and 3/25. You can sign-up 21 days in advance.

Learn Delta Blues

119-musicJoin Donna Herula for a 75- minute Delta Blues Guitar Workshop. Songs will include Tommy Johnson’s Big Road Blues in drop D tuning and Willie Brown’s Future Blues in open G tuning. Tabs will be provided. We suggest this for players with intermediate skills though all are welcome. Participants should bring their own acoustic guitar to the workshop.
The workshop is: Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m. in Studio 300 (Video Studio C). Register here.

Stick around after the workshop for a free concert with the Chicago-based blues duo of Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello as they bring harmony, heart, and driving rhythm to the blues tradition. The concert starts at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A.

Photographing Fireworks

file000872653120This how-to article explains ways to capture amazing pictures of fireworks this holiday weekend. Read the full article here.

The Fourth of July is now just a couple days away and that means cookouts, friends, summer fun, and… fireworks! Do you want to preserve the memory of that awesome neighborhood fireworks show? Let’s discuss the best ways to try to make a memorable photograph commemorating the event. Read more …