As its title suggests, this post is an update about the blog. All the pictures that Kyle and I took yesterday are on the memory card that Kyle took to Orange County and I have been unable to reach him all day. This means that I have no new images or anything to feature on this post.
However, I have spent a little time working on the blog. After a few minutes of digging, I found the portion of the CSS code for the blog’s theme that deals with the header image, and after a few more minutes of experimentation, I figured out how to change the image. I took one of my old light paintings and quickly turned it into a new header image. This image will only be temporary: we will create something cool to replace it sometime soon. I also changed the font of the “CRDESIGNLAB” title. By the way, by changing the CSS, you can change anything, from the fonts, to the backgrounds, to the layout of the blog and the posts. Everything.
I downloaded the SnapzProX trial on my MacBook Pro and experimented with the software. I plan to start filling the “This is How We Do It” page with tutorials similar to those that Mr. Skocko makes. I even looked on the FAQ page on the Mac Lab Blog to find the exact settings that Mr. Skocko uses. As soon as I recover from the cold that is currently plaguing me, I will start making these tutorials, starting with how to change the theme header image and then light painting basics. Normally, it would cost $70 to upgrade WordPress to support video, but by placing the movies in the Dropbox » Public folder and then copying the public link (tutorial coming soon too), I will bypass this cost.
I also uploaded CRDESIGNLAB’s first piece of 3D art, my first animated logo. I built it a long time ago, before winter break, but just hadn’t gotten around to uploading it yet. Hopefully even the 3D galleries will fill up soon.
Today, the blog got its 250th comment, which I think it amazing, given that CRDESIGNLAB has existed for less than a month. I would like to extend a great thanks to all of you that have been following and commenting on my work and that of CRDESIGNLAB. As I said in a previous post, it is a great feeling to know that you are appreciated and an inspiration to others.
Well, that’s all for now. Please come back soon!
Today’s lunchtime tutorial, in none other than the janitor’s closet outside the Mac Lab, was a great success. We had a total of 6 people show up, not including Christopher and me. Considering the fact that this was our first tutorial on light painting, I don’t think we did too bad.
Right before I began writing this post, I realized that I made a big mistake. The light painting images that we created during lunch would have been perfect for this post’s feature image… but I deleted them! At the beginning of class I put back all the equipment we used and took the photos off the 5D Mark II. Sense none of them were any good, I deleted them without thinking. Ugh… I hate when that happens! Anyway, the moral of this short, pitiful story, is don’t delete things until you are absolutely positive that you will have no further use for them.
On a completely different topic, Skocko informed Christopher that people have been asking when we will begin to built this page, and the answer is soon. Our first project will be to make a complete tutorial on the basics of light painting. We will have a combination of both video, text, and screen capture tutorials. So if you’re one of the people wondering when the tutorials are coming, don’t worry, the answer is soon. If all goes as planned, we’ll have a light painting tutorial created by Monday.
Today, Mr. Skocko told me that he liked our photos and will be putting them on the Mac Lab Photo Gallery.
In the Mac Lab tomorrow at lunch, Kyle and I will be hosting a light painting tutorial for those who are interested. Fadi George was the one who asked, so be sure to thank him. Everyone who wants to learn to light paint is invited. We will be using the Canon EOS Rebel 5D Mark II and the Canon EOS Rebel XTi, in case you want to know. Also, we will be using the Mac Lab’s wide-angle lenses (1 and 2). I hope people come!
P.S.: CRDESIGNLAB is at 1,955 hits!!!!! Please help us get to 2,000 by the end of the day!!!!!