Video Camp for Teens Summer 2014

This week it was our Teen patrons attending the Fountaindale Public Library and Studio 300 Summer 2014 Video Camp. They made trailers for imaginary films and then completed several Public Service Announcements. All these projects were conceived, written, videotaped, and edited by Teens in grades 9-12. Enjoy their hard work.

 

Photoshop Club

photoshop_logo_wallpaper_by_peterbaumann-d6c88bwThis August Studio 300 will host Club Photoshop.  This on-going club is for beginners, intermediate, and advanced Photoshop users. The first project will be a poster using multiple images, brushes and shapes, and includes Photoshop tools such as masking, typography, and basic compositing.

Club Photoshop is for you to explore techniques beyond our regular Photoshop classes and an opportunity for you to work with and learn from other Photoshop users. Future projects will include photo editing, HDR photos, digital illustration, and so much more. Your suggestions are also encouraged.

Club Photoshop meets the last Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. starting on August 27. Seats are limited so sign up today.

Make your own movie trailer

PrevWhen you visit a movie theater, there are always previews (aka trailers) for upcoming movie releases. Have you ever thought of making your own movie trailer? It’s a creative and fun way to present a vacation, birthday, or other family event. A business could use the trailer format to promote a product or service. Of course, you can make a trailer for fun, too. Imagine the possibilities.

The iMovie video editing software includes an easy-to-use trailer function. Login to a Studio 300 iMac, drop in your own video, change some titles, and in a few minutes you have a finished, professional movie trailer.

Recently, Studio 300 made trailers for upcoming Fountaindale Public Library programs. We compiled these into a sequence to show at the movie night following our annual Ice Cream Social. You can watch all the trailers we made by visiting our YouTube channel. Below is the trailer we did to promote Studio 300:

 

 

Animation by Teens

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 6.01.29 PMThis time around it was our Teen patrons taking advantage of the Studio 300 Summer Animation Camp. Patrons in grades 7-12 learned about the animation art form and made several animated projects during the week-long camp. They experimented with different styles including pixilation, stop motion, and computer-based animation. Below are the results of their highly creative work:

Tween Animation Camp 2014

TweensAnimation 002The Fountaindale Public Library held its first Tweens Summer Animation Camp with help from Studio 300. Patrons in grades 4-6 learned the techniques and history of animation. During the week they explored different animation styles including pixilation, stop motion, and computer-based (using Stykz software). It’s always fun to share the hard work they did with the video below:

 

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Choosing a Domain Name

Yellow_Pages_111003_003Finding the right domain name to identify your website can be beneficial  in so many ways. Here are some quick tips to follow:

  • Keep it simple: Short, easy to remember and spell, and fewer than 20 characters. Longer domain names are fine – they can be up to 67 characters! – if they are not hard to spell.
  • Avoid numbers and special characters.
  • Match your domain name to your website name. If that domain name has already been taken, look for something similar. Or if the name of your company is obscure and doesn’t say what it is your selling or what your website is really about then maybe try to incorporate that into the domain name.
  • The .com is usually more valuable, but depending on your needs, you may be able to use .net or .org
  • Check out domain name generators such as Lean Domain Search, or Domain Typer where you can see what domain names are still available. You don’t have to buy domains from these websites, but they are a great place to start generating ideas for domain names and then later purchase it from your registrar of choice.

Come to Studio 300 for more web-related resource suggestions and advice.

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 …

Tweens & Teens Photography

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.