Girl Scouts craft website

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Recently Girls Scout Troop 51221 worked on their Silver Award by creating a website with help from Studio 300. Their challenege was to create a website that would allow other people to share their stories on how cancer has affected their lives. The Scouts used the free Weebly.com to make their site. Weebly allows you to quickly create your own web page using templates. Take a moment to visit the site they created.

Studio 300 offers a basic website building class. Check the calendar for upcoming dates.

 

Time for Reflection

Reflector-SurfacesHave 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.

reflector with and withoutToo 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.

Painting with Photoshop

wacomWant 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.

Sign up here.

 

DSLR Lens Adaptors

85002318Want to use a Nikon lens on a Canon camera? Or a vintage Minolta lens on an Olympus? You need a lens adapter to re-purpose those lenses to work with today’s DSLR cameras.

IMG_0765 Adapters are relatively inexpensive and easy to use.  They simply mount between the lens and the camera body.  It’s important to note that most lens adapters are purely mechanical. They provide a mechanical interface between the lens and camera. As a result, focus and aperture adjustments must be done manually.

Free music mixing help

mixing-with-izotope-coverReady to take your music to the next level and give it a professional sheen? Check out the new, free guide on Mixing with iZotope. This guide breaks down the art, aesthetics, and theory behind the audio mixing process. It uses simple explanations and visualizations to help illustrate how audio tools such as equalizers, compressors, and other audio effects will transform your mix. Though the guide features iZotope products, you can easily apply the ideas presented to your music – no matter what software you use.

Download your copy by following this link (in PDF format).

New hours start April 1

Opening Hours Key Shows Retail Business OpenOur hours change on April 1, 2014. Studio 300 will open at 10:00 a.m. Monday – Saturday. The Sunday opening time remains at 12:30 p.m.

Our closing times, 30-minutes before the library closes, will not change for any day. Our new hours, effective April 1, 2014, are as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10:00a – 8:30p
  • Friday-Saturday: 10:00a – 5:30p
  • Sunday: 12:30p – 5:30p

Learn 4 Life

250x250Looking for digital media training opportunities? Studio 300 offers free access to Lynda.com with its many training videos ready to help you master new skills. However, if you prefer a more interactive approach to learning, consider Learn 4 Life. The site offers a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely online using your Fountaindale Public Library card. Unlike video-only training, the Learn4Life courses are instructor-led running for six weeks. You can interact with the instructor and others taking the same class — that’s more like a real on-line classroom. Best of all you can access the courses from the library and from your home. Check out the many courses available to you right now.