Photography Camp 2015

19953337031_5063ef3bec_zOur 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.

 

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Popcorn Diaries Episode 023

The Summer is heating up at the box office and Joe and Adriana are cooling off in the air conditioned theaters. In this episode they talk about the June 2015 Summer blockbuster releases including Jurassic World and Inside Out. Listen as they give you their opinions on the movies that are already out. Let us know what you have been watching. Join us in the discussion and leave your comments below.

Music and Sound Camps

Here are compilations of the work done by our Tween and Teen patrons at the Summer 2015 Music and Sound Summer Camps at the Fountaindale Public Library Studio 300. Their task was to rebuild the soundtrack to this game trailer starting from scratch. They started with a silent video and added all the sounds you hear, often creating the sounds themselves. Enjoy their fine work.

Tweens:

Teens:

 

Popcorn Diaries Episode 022

In this episode, Adriana and Joe discuss all the May blockbuster movies. This year’s crop of summer films is heating up and Adriana and Joe will give you their feedback and suggestions on what to watch. Also, tell us your movie going experiences so far this summer, what have you loved, what have you hated. And you can continue the discussion in the comments below.

Stock photos

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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.

If you need video stock footage and royalty-free music, check out the other sites we provide: VideoBlocks and AudioBlocks.

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Studio 300 in your Pocket

S300pocketTurn your Android smartphone or tablet into a mini-Studio 300 with a few well-chosen apps. This Summer Studio 300 offers three chances to learn about free (and inexpensive) apps that complement Studio 300 resources. The free class shares tips on the best photography, video, music, library, organizational and productivity tools, and more. So even when Studio 300 is closed, you can feed your creativity using these tools on your Android smartphone (or tablet). Later, you can finish what you started using Studio 300.

Sign-up for these upcoming dates:

This class is part of our new Appy Hour series of programs. Check out the other entries by clicking here.

 

Selfie Stick at Studio 300

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Studio 300 now has a Revo Adjustable Selfie-Stick available for 3-day check-out. The device extends up to 37″ making it easier to take those hard-to-get photos. It’s ideal for small cameras, smartphones, and even has a mount for our GoPros cameras.

Use it on your next outing when you need extra reach for your photos and videos. Here’s a photo that shows it in action:

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Sarah (left) and Jeffrey (right) using the new “Selfie Stick” available from Studio 300 for 3-day checkout.

Photos of Bolingbrook Contest

FPLD_Old-NewThanks to all of our patrons who entered the Photos of Bolingbrook Contest. The photos are now on display in Studio 300, and you can vote for your favorites. You can also see them online by following this link to the library’s Flickr page.

Our contest was inspired both by the 50th Anniversary of Bolingbrook and by the Discover Earth activities developed for Star_Net (Science-Technology Activities and Resources for Libraries). Some of the big ideas behind Discover Earth are:

  • We belong to Earth
  • Each region is unique
  • Your home is changing

We hope you enjoy these photos. If any of them spark a memory for you, please share it with the library. We plan to add these photos to the Local History Room as a window on Bolingbrook in the past and the present.

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.

 

New 3D Printer Filament

3D filamentStudio 300 recently added several new filaments for use with our 3D printer.

The new colors are Blue Glow (it glows in the dark!), Red, Orange, Magenta, Gold and Green. You can create your own 3D models using the free program Sketchup. Or use a pre-existing design by visiting thingiverse.com.

3D models cost 10 cents per gram after it is printed and weighed.