Thursday, August 16, 2007
Dave Mason peformed at the saloon on Aug. 15.
Here's some reassurance for anyone who would like to participate in the Freedom Forum's multimedia seminar but is worried about having a week of nothing but hard work.
There will be fun. Fun is mandatory.
On Wednesday, the group went to the famous Wildhorse Saloon for free food and free drinks. There was supposed to be dancing, but that was scrapped because a band was playing.
That wasn't a problem. The saloon also had free foosball, pool (the game) and darts. The performer, Dave Mason, wasn't too bad. The band even did a cover of one of the best songs ever written: Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here."
- Marquita Brown
Tripods give you steady shots. Steady shots make good edits.
Always wear headphones. Always monitor your sound. "Shoot video with your ears."
This morning, it's a discuss of how to use the camera.
Rule No. 1: Listen to your audio. "Put your headphones on," Tom said.
Cameras have been put atop tripods. We're using traditional tripods. But Anne Saul, who is coordinating the video training, said other things can be used as tripods. "A Tripod can be anything that's not breathing," Tom said.
-- Kate Kennedy
Nashville convention by Kevin Abourezk, Julie Hubbard and Erica Pippins:
Comic book store by Victor Cristales and Jenny Espino: http://www.freedomforum.org/diversity/final_projects/espinocristales/index.html
Sushi restaurant by Kelly Cuculiansky and Sal Hernandez:
Salon FX by Marquita Brown and John-John Williams:
How to make pizza by Coaches Colleen Fitzpatrick and Mary Ann Hogan: http://www.freedomforum.org/diversity/final_projects/thelmalouise/index.html
Impact photography comes from closeup, tight shots; simple images; emotion; and action.
The "Rule of 3s" reminds us to consider foreground, middle ground and background. Don't shoot everything at eye level. Change angles for more interesting shots.
Aim for "Rembrandt" lighting that doesn't come from overhead.
For better photography, he suggested:
Choose focus points with care.
Watch the edges of your frame.
Avoid putting subject in the center.
Check flash. Do you need it?
Control depth of field with the aperture.
Adjust your ISO for more or less sensitivity to light.
- Kate Kennedy
I have never downloaded an MP3.
I don't own an IPOD.
I have never sent an IM.
Heck, we don't even watch TV at my house.
So, this his been a real week of firsts.
Flash-drive thingamabobs, RSS's, del.icio.us organizational tools, digital audio recording, editing and exporting. Audix, Soundslides and other software I've never heard of. And now, here I am blogging. And today it's on to digital video recording and editing.
This has been a total crash course in so much. Thank you Freedom Forum.
And now, I'm so obsessed with finishing our soundslide project here I'm here at 7:30 a.m. Must complete soundslides...