Golden Light Workshop

In April, Asia Eidson worked with a group of student photographers interested in mastering golden light.

Friday afternoon, she walked them through working with subjects for couples’ portraits and then that evening took them on a shoot with models to experience the challenge of getting informal pictures as the light disappears at the end of the day.

Saturday after she took a second group through a typical early-morning shoot, Asia introduced students to strategies for editing portraits in Adobe Lightroom. As Adobe Creative Cloud continues to be available to the campus for free, we see a growing number of students tapping the power of tools like Lightroom.

If you’d like to hear about future student workshops, email us at learningstudio@acu.edu to get on our mailing list.

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Image Credits:  Alex Gabriele, Brittney Johnson

On Design: Our New Video Series

Jeff Rogers is a Brooklyn-based designer and ACU grad, known for his hand-lettered graphic design work for a long list of clients that includes Diet Coke, Fast Company, McDonald’s and the New York Times. Jeff recently visited ACU to leave his typographic mark on the new student lounge in the Department of Art and Design, and he was generous enough to let us capture his creative process and interview him while he worked. While Jeff is the first to admit he’s not done learning, he had plenty of rich lessons on tap for us from a storied design career. Take a look, in our second installation of the On Design series, our storytelling collaboration with the ACU Department of Art and Design.

Randy Hunt is vice president for design at Etsy Inc., a global online creative marketplace with offices around the world. On a recent trip to Abilene, Randy sat down with us to discuss his design philosophy, as well as the value of training designers in a liberal arts environment like ACU. In a workshop with students in the ACU Art and Design department, he challenged them to use found objects to design a series of posters on creativity. Our cameras were rolling for our first episode of the On Design series, our storytelling collaboration with the ACU Department of Art and Design.

Making in the Library with Adobe

At the Learning Studio, we work to connect everyone on campus with the resources they need to be creative. This week, in partnership with our friends in the Maker Lab, we launched #MakeMerry on Facebook and Twitter. We enjoyed making Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, and pop tarts during Finals Week along with the opportunity to share some of our favorite Adobe projects from ACU students and faculty.

But the #MakeMerry promotion also reminded us of some of the passionate, inventive makers and storytellers we work with every day. This week we’ve been promoting Adobe tools we use year-round in our work making the library the creative hub of the ACU campus.

Here are just a couple of the ways that Adobe Creative Cloud makes our work possible.

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Adobe CC Inspiration

#MakeMerry Branding, Nathan Driskell (Learning Studio Media Production Specialist)

Some of my most creative moments happen during the holidays. A change of pace is sometimes all it takes to connect the dots of a certain idea or discover a new way of doing things.” Nathan Driskell has been with the Learning Studio for most of our 5 years on campus and regularly leads video production projects, workshops for filmmakers, and most of the visual communications for us on the web, print, and social media. To produce the branding for the #MakeMerry promotion this year, Nathan developed original artwork in Illustrator that could be delivered to the web or digital signs as a still image. Then he also developed animations in After Effects that introduced simple motion to the branding elements to add a dash of holiday cheer to the videowall.  

Maker Lab Sign, Darren Wilson (Maker Lab Coordinator)

Darren Wilson joined the Maker Lab team this summer and led the design of the 6-foot tall box that welcomed visitors to the library this Homecoming. “We wanted to create some sort of mobile presence that would point people to the Maker Lab.” The project started life as a simple concept—a one-sided sign—but continued to evolve into a four-sided box you interact or play with. “I designed the inter-locking case in Illustrator and then gave those files to our student workers who in turn ran with it. Each side of the sign represents a different student worker and something they contributed.” In the future, individual panels can be replaced with new ones, meaning this is a project that will never be finished!

Making Magic with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

Since the Learning Studio opened in 2011, we’ve enjoyed giving students opportunities to work with professional photographers and equipment. This fall we added Canon 6D full-frame DSLR cameras to our checkout pool, so trained students now have access to pro-level gear with their library card.

This November we also hosted a photography workshop where 14 students had a chance to work with alum Asia Eidson on image making for social media. She introduced students to techniques for capturing striking images and then refining them with Adobe Creative Cloud.  

*To hear about future student workshops and 6D training, send us an email at learningstudio@acu.edu to get on the mailing list.

If you’ve got some time over the Christmas break, download Photoshop or Lightroom to add some sparkle to your holiday images.

Need some inspiration to #MakeMerry? Here are a few ways Adobe CC let’s you add impact to your photography.

Quick look at Photoshop CC

Quick look at Lightroom CC

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Adobe CC Inspiration

Alexposure Photography, Alex Gabriele (senior, Information Systems)

Alex has been a regular user of our checkout cameras, and last spring he joined us for the first portrait photography workshop. His personality makes him great at working with his subjects, but Asia’s workshops have also improved the level of finish and confidence in his pictures. “If it was not for the Learning Studio access to top-quality equipment, I would not have realized my talent and passion as a photographer.” This summer he took the next step and opened a photography business at AlexposurePhotography.com

Low-Light Photography, Forrest Lorenzen (junior, Multimedia)

Since coming to ACU, Forrest has produced several short films for classes and FilmFest, ACU’s student film competition. He primarily uses Canon DSLRs for video and Adobe Premiere in his film work, but he experimented this fall with long-exposure photography, shooting with a Canon 6D and bringing photos into Photoshop for RAW processing before creating a short time-lapse clip in Premiere. “Having access to the Learning Studio’s new Canon 6Ds and Adobe software motivates me to create in ways I wouldn’t be able to otherwise. These tools encourage me to experiment and grow as a visual artist and storyteller.”

Making Movies with Adobe Premiere Pro

Planning on catching up on some Netflix over the break? In 2015, streaming video and audio accounted for 70% of all internet usage in North America (Sandvine). But ACU students aren’t just binging on video; they’re also producing their own films and stories.

This holiday season, take some time to #MakeMerry. Grab your phone or a GoPro, and capture some clips of time with family, or the sights and sounds of home. Then cut them together using Adobe Creative Cloud.

Before you leave, make sure you download Adobe Premiere Pro and get comfortable with basic editing.

Quick look at Premiere Pro

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Need some inspiration? Here are a few ways ACU students and faculty have been tapping into Adobe CC this semester.

 

Adobe CC Inspiration

Dear Steve short film, Alyssa Saenz (senior, Theatre)

Alyssa has written and shot, and is now editing, her first short film using Premiere Pro. “Editing is really the most important thing,” Alyssa said. This week she’s using the Macs and Adobe software available in the Learning Studio to turn her individual shots into a finished film.

Rockonomix projects, Dr. Katie Wick (faculty, Management Science)

In her first year at ACU, Dr. Wick asked students in her Macro and Micro Economics classes to introduce core concepts through parody music videos. “These classes have a reputation of being dry and difficult, so this project attempts to change that perception by helping students see that economics is everywhere.” Individual groups might combine business and computer science majors with others from English and Ad PR to produce shorts like this remix of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”