Digital Media Commons (DMC) Workshop

Improving your Digital Photography

This class will focus on deepening your understanding of how digital cameras work and how you can more effectively use your equipment to create your desired images. It will cover the fundamentals of digital photography, namely shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, as well as functionally how to use your Canon, Nikon, or Sony camera to its fullest through manipulating these three. The course will use the DMC's equipment as a basis for the practical lessons on using cameras, though much of the knowledge is transferrable to other models of cameras by the same makers.

After Effects: Data Driven Animation

Participants will learn how visualize medium sized data sets. The added component of time will allow participants to convey their data in a different way. Participants will learn:

  • prepping data (converting to JSON so data is readable by After Effects)
  • Basic Javascript commands to get up and running 
  • Creative ways to graph a data set
  • Animating the data set


Studio Lighting Techniques

In this course, you will learn the basics of using continuous lights in the DMC's photo/video studio. Topics covered will include placement and direction of light, managing intensity of light, using gels and various attachments, shooting against white and black backdrops, and a handful of standard lighting schemes for different subjects.

Introduction to Inkscape

Participants will learn how to use free and open source vector graphics editor "Inkscape". We will go over some basic techniques and concepts for creating simple illustrations useful for presentations and posters.
Topics to be covered:
- Creating curves (Bezier curves)
- Creating simple objects (Circles, stars, rectangles)
- Combining shapes (Boolean operations)
- Tracing raster images"

Advanced Illustrator: Bioscience Illustration (Adobe Creative Cloud)

This introductory workshop will cover both beginner and advanced Illustrator techniques. Participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to use custom pattern brushes
  • Create depth with gradient tool
  • Draw biological forms using curves and pathfinder tool
  • Understand grouping, isolation mode and useful shortcuts

Although the artwork is geared towards bioscience, participants of all disciplines are welcome to join!