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How to be tech-smart?


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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Photography Tips

Hey Friends,

I recently found this really great video on how to take good photos. It offers advice to new and aspiring photographers, but also to people who simply want their families and friends to love them more because of the good facebook profile pictures they take. Check it out:

If you are inspired by the video but you don’t have a camera, you can come borrow one from the Media Center. We have pretty awesome cameras.

Also, if you are interested in photography, join the Photography Club on campus. We meet every other Thursday in the Alden Room (basement of the library) to look at and discuss our photos. It is a very relaxed and supportive community, so even if you have no photography skills, we will treat you with acceptance and respect. If you are interested, join next Thursday at 7.

K, see ya!


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The Media Center has several types of lenses available for use with our Digital SLR cameras. While all of our DSLRs come with a lens, we also have wide angle, macro, and telephoto lens available for more specific uses. Additionally, we now have a fish eye lens available with 180 degree angle of view. This lens has very unique and intriguing effects which give photos dramatic and exaggerated perspectives. Here is an example:


Multipurpose Audio Recorder

The Multipurpose Audio Recorder is a great solution for recording from multiple inputs. Additionally  it also functions as a PA system, allowing you to use it to boost audio for a performance or presentation.

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SDHC Video Cameras

Canon HF R10

The Dickinson College Media Center has a number of SDHC cameras in a few similar models that can be used for high quality digital video filming. They are all equipped with touch screen interfaces with a variety of settings, and can easily be mounted on tripods or used with our various microphones and headphones.


USB Audiotape Recorder

This USB cassette-tape recorder will allow you to digitize the material you have on cassette tapes simply by plugging it into a computer.

Making a Website

Two weeks ago, I started creating a website for a non-profit organization I work for. Before this, I had only worked with WordPress blogs and making a website appeared too difficult a task to take on, but it turned out alright at the end.

Andy, my colleague at the Media Center, introduced me to Bluehost ( through which I rented a domain for two years at the cost of about 185 USD, which is not too expensive. Bluehost was so convenient to use. Once I made the domain, Bluehost directed me to the control panel of my domain, through which I made Email accounts and downloaded WordPress, to help design the website.

Using WordPress, I chose a template, picked the colors, number of widgets, and banner size and design, and created pages for my website. Under pages, I created menues so that every time someone clicks on the page, a menue will drop down. From Setting on WordPress, I picked the language, the time zone, the font and the administrative page colors (either blue or gray). Then, I started adding text to the website. Once the texts were in place, I downloaded a plugin from WordPress, under plugin, to create and publish slideshows. I picked the NewGen slideshow plugin. It was fine but it didn’t allow me to center the slideshow on the website. I went to NewGen Gallery, now on the menue to the right of the page, and uploaded photos into a gallery. Then I created a new post and hist Add Gallery and selected Slideshow from the right side icons above the post. Then I hit publish, and there it was!

This was a great experience to create a semi-professional looking website for my organization but most importantly it was a good learning experience. If you are making a website and you are confused, like I was, the Media Center people are nice and we can help you.

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