Shoot Studio is Open!

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The Art & Design Shoot Studio is now open for the Spring 2013 academic semester. It is located in the VisLab and can be accessed by School of Fine Arts Students and Faculty. If you wish to use the studio, please use the sign-up sheet (located on the VisLab door) to sign-up for a date and time. Our hours for the month of February and March are as follows:

Monday's 4-7pm
Tuesday's Closed
Wednesday's 6-9pm
Thursday's 5-8pm
Friday's 11am-9pm


Working in the Studio

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The Studio is a great place to photograph Graphic Design work for your portfolio.
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Students using the Studio to Photograph their work for the Student Showworking1.jpg
































Amanda Snyder photographing Anna Crea's ceramic work
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Shoot Print Work for Your Portfolio

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Here is an interesting site with tips and ideas on how to shoot your printed work for your portfolio.
composition shots
http://www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/shoot-print-work-your-portfolio

Textures in Photoshop

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Here is an interesting Photoshop Tutorial through the Adobe TV website featuring Julieanne Kost. In this tutorial she demonstrates how to work with textures overlaying her photography.
The tutorial might be elementary to some, but fascinating to others. Watch and enjoy!


http://tv.adobe.com/watch/the-complete-picture-with-julieanne-kost/the-creative-composite/

Also, here is a link to her website:

http://www.jkost.net/#a=0&at=0&mi=1&pt=0&pi=1&s=0&p=-1




Sign-In Sheets

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Starting this semester (Spring 2012), students are required to fill out a Sign-in/out sheet before OR immediately after using the shoot studio.
This is so that we can keep tabs on how many people actually use the studio and what equipment gets used most often. It is also to ensure the security of the shoot studio equipment, in case something gets damaged, lost or stolen.
Thank you for your cooperation!

How to Reserve Studio: Students

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Sign-up Sheet:
There is a sign-up sheet on the board outside of the Art & Design office (HUM 317). Sign your name and designated time that you plan on using the studio in one of the time slots. 
Please be courteous about showing up promptly for your scheduled time. Please notify the scheduler (or erase/cross out your name) in ADVANCE if you need to cancel your shoot (this means prior to the actual shoot studio hours, not the time you are signed up to shoot).
There will be a 10 minute grace period before the room is offered to someone else. Open time slots will be offered on a first come / first served basis to students on that day.

note : The Shoot Studio is ONLY open for SFA students, though they may include outsiders as models or actors.

FALL 2011 hours for Art + Design students:  
Thursday evenings 7pm - 10 pm
Friday afternoons 12pm - 3pm

Students may request a 1 - 3 hour block of time.
 

When Using the Studio

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Please leave the room cleaner than you found it:
Please do not use food or drink within the studio. This will prevent accidents and spills on any of the equipment, including backdrops. Also, please do not walk on any of the backdrops; they need to be kept clean.
Please handle equipment with care.

Before Leaving the Studio:

-make sure all of the photo lights have been turned off
-unplug all of the photo lights
-pick any litter and/or props
-put all of the equipment back where you found it
 

Available Equipment

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2 Smith Victor 500w Tungsten (3200K) SV1000 Lights with Shoot Through Umbrellas
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2 Profoto D1 500 Studio Strobes
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2 Reflective Umbrellas
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One 3' x 4' Softbox w/ Speedring 

Counterweights
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Multi Use Reflector Disc w/ Stand
White/Silver/Gold/Black
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12"x12" 6 Pack of Gels (Also a Pack of Paper Filters available for use)

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Gossen Digital Light Meter
Great, easy way to check light levels in any situation. (Strobe or Hot)

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Two 23"x15" Model LP-455 DayFlo-Pro Lights

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One DayFLo 19.5"x19.5" Softbox (small)

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One Small Tripod #5

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One Larger Tripod #1

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Backdrop Stands plus extensions

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White Wall

Black Wall

Green Screen

Clamps

Copy Stand





Testing Google Calendar embed

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Tips for Photographing Artwork

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Scott Ligon, who teaches Digital Art and Design at the Cleveland Institute of Art, goes over how to prepare images of artwork in Photoshop. Continued in Part 2.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xACDW_wk8sQ


Otis College Faculty Chris Warner demonstrates how to Digitally Photograph your own Two-Dimensional Art, specifically Graphite Drawings on White Paper. Chris takes the viewer carefully step by step through the procedure so that artists can make the best possible representation of their own art.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDKvuVai4SI

Chris Warner demonstrates how to Digitally Photograph your own Three-Dimensional Art, specifically, sculpture in both artificial and natural light settings. He takes the viewer carefully step by step through the procedure so that artists can make the best possible representation of their own art.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jNbVdNKaBo&feature=channel

Robert Muller, photographer for the Cleveland Institute of Art, shows you how to photograph your artwork for your portfolio.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCdGACI-THU

Robert Muller, photographer for the Cleveland Institute of Art, shows you how to photograph your 3D artwork for your portfolio.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz-3hKfgs5I



Another Demo shows how to use inexpensive materials to create your own photographic studio equipment for product photography
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zARqGgHjNc&feature=fvw

Lighting Tutorials

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Green Screen Tutorials

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Here are some helpful Green screen tutorials:

A PDF that walks you through the simple steps of using our green screen:
directions_greenscreen.pdf

YOUTUBE tutorials:

White Backdrop Video Tutorials

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Check here often, as we will always be adding new video tutorials as we come across them.

Studio Lighting for White Background

Shoot Studio Youtube

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Once we start making some video Tutorials this is where they will be posted in addition to the Shoot Studio Youtube channel which can be found here: 

http://www.youtube.com/user/UMDShootStudio

2011 Shoot Studio

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THE GREEN ROOM is good for video and large colored backdrop photo shoots. This is the place to test chromakey video techniques.



More details coming soon



Studio Equipment

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Tripods and light kits are available in the rooms, students must bring their own cameras and special light bulbs for still photo shoots. The Shoot Studio Blog will be a resource for students curious about what equipment and spaces we have there. It will also become an archive for tips and tutorials for various types of still and video photo shoots.

Equipment list:

-2 Smith Victor 500w Tungsten (3200K) SV1000 Lights with Shoot Through Umbrellas
-2 Profoto D1 500 Studio Strobes
-2 Reflective Umbrellas
-One 3' x 4' Softbox w/ Speedring
-Counterweights
-Multi Use Reflector Disc w/ Stand
 White/Silver/Gold/Black
-12"x12" 6 Pack of Gels (Also a Pack of Paper Filters available for use)
-Gossen Digital Light Meter
 Great, easy way to check light levels in any situation. (Strobe or Hot)
-Two 23"x15" Model LP-455 DayFlo-Pro Lights
-One DayFLo 19.5"x19.5" Softbox (small)
-One Small Tripod #5
-One Larger Tripod #1
-Backdrop Stands plus extensions
-White Wall
-Black Wall
-Green Screen
-Clamps
-Copy Stand

Shoot Studio Managers

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Fall 2011/Spring 2012

Faculty Coordinator > Kristen Pless
THURSDAYS >  7PM to 10PM  > Jarid Waniger manager
FRIDAYS >  12noon to 3PM > Caitlin Tenhoff manager

The Shoot Studio Student managers will oversee use of equipment and rooms during their shifts.They are available to assist students in learning to use the lights and other equipment. They will be helping to develop tutorials and resources for students who want to use the shoot studio. Please follow the directions on HOW TO RESERVE for scheduling your time.

Art + Design Faculty Use

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Faculty who want to use the rooms (to demo or supervise students) will need sign up on the calendar in the Art Office 317. Because expensive equipment is now being kept in these rooms, set up for efficient use, the shoot rooms WILL NOT be available for casual and unsupervised key check out by students. You must specify on the calendar in the Art Office if there have made plans for a student to use the studio. Please plan to reserve at least one week in advance for class hours on Monday - Thursday.

Fall hours for Art + Design faculty and their students:
Monday through Thursday by faculty on the calendar in the Art Office 317 reservation only.
Faculty must supervise students when using the rooms and equipment stored there outside of the student shoot studio hours. Faculty must also sign the student's Check In/Out sheet and bring it to the mailbox of Kristen Pless once the student is finished using the studio.

Fall hours for VizLab Researchers :
Friday 8am - noon
Saturday 8am - 4pm

Access to the Shoot Studio Rooms

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The Art + Design Shoot Studio rooms are for use by current students and faculty in the department. Access to the studio is by reservation only. The rooms are kept locked and not for casual access.

STUDENTS  must follow the HOW TO RESERVE steps for scheduling the space. Students may be asked to confirm that they are currently taking a class in the Art + Design department.

FACULTY must follow the steps on Art + Design Faculty to reserve space via Google Calendar system. You must set up an account with UCalendar to access the Shoot Studio calendar. (see Jane for help). Please plan to reserve at least one week in advance for class hours on Monday - Thursday.

GRADUATE STUDENTS who are currently teaching may use the faculty system for reserving use of the rooms. Weekday evenings preferred.

VIZLAB RESEARCHERS may gain access to the Shoot Studio on Friday mornings and Saturdays with approval from the VizLab. (The VizLab paid for some of the equipment, so we are offering some access hours in return).

About the Shoot Studio

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In the fall of 2009 we opened up the Art + Design Shoot Studio for reservation by students and faculty in our department at UMD. The Shoot Studio is located in the basement of Voss Kovach Hall, room 25. Students can follow directions on > HOW TO RESERVE  to schedule their time in the shoot studio for class projects. Faculty should read the info for them on the link > Art + Design Faculty. The Shoot Studio is maintained for projects connected to Art + Design class assignments and creative work. In the 2011 School year, the Shoot Studio space has been reduced by one room. We hope to gain back more space as our department moves into renovated classrooms in the future.


About this Blog

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This blog was created as an information archive for Art + Design students and faculty at UMD who want to make use of the Photo Shoot Studio, currently located in the basement of Voss Kovach Hall. The blog will post info about what equipment is available in the Photo Shoot Studio, how and when to get access to the studio, and general rules about the use of this resource. We will be developing tutorials about how to use the cameras, lighting equipment, and backdrops that are available.