Month: February 2014

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Stop Motion

Hey all,

I am currently taking Todd Arsenault’s Digital Studio course this semester. For our second project we were presented with the task of shooting a stop motion video. Listed below is my final submission:

 

 

I’m not too satisfied with the results. I think I got too caught up with the technical aspects of filming that I neglected other important aspects such as editing and audio. At least I know for next time!

 

 

Equipment used: Tripod, Flip Video Camera, Canon EOS 5D (Mark II)

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3D printing, a new fashion trend?

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With 3D printers the sky is the limit. This incredible technology has been used to help engineers create prototype products, doctors can create plastic bones and DIY-ers around the world create tons of cool and useful gadgets. Even at Dickinson, using the Media Center’s own Makerbot printer, professors from the Mathematics and Earth Sciences departments have created 3D models to enhance their lessons.

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One Dickinson student has explored using the technology for something entirely different, fashion. She created a very unique necklace using a template found online on one of the countless forums where people share their designs. The use of 3D printing is a hot new trend in the fashion industry with many designers looking to dream up and print wildly intricate and imaginative works. As the printers continue to become more advance and able to print with different materials their uses will become even more widespread. Just about any industry could benefit from the ability to customize and relative ease that 3D printers offer for turning virtual creations into something physical. The possibilities are endless and the Media Center has the tools that you need to create something awesome!

Various images from the production of the necklace

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How to be tech-smart?

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Some people are simply good with technology. Others might need a little help. The Howcast videos on technology can help you with anything from setting up your printer, to talking to Siri efficiently or creating your own blog. The Website covers anything from very complex ways to promote your videos on Youtube, to simpler things such as using Email. There is also a number of great videos on using Photoshop. Next time you are confused about something technology-related, you know where to go. All Howcast videos are also available on their Youtube channel. Good luck!

Bonus: if you are just bored, watch this entertaining and educational video on the most useful Hip-Hop dance moves.

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Two New Lenses!

Today, our two new Canon lenses, 24 and 35mm respectively, arrived. Both lenses are lightweight full-frame f/2.8 professional ultra-wide zoom for all 35mm auto focus cameras. These lenses are especially efficient in getting a good depth of field. These easy-to-use lenses can go with any of the cameras we have available at the Dickinson College Media Center, including the DSLRs. Remember, you can rent out a wide variety of equipment from the Media Center quickly and for free.

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