My class is getting close!

My class is getting close!

The day is getting closer for when I teach a web design class at Los Medanos College. Here is part of a screenshot of a poster I just made to advertise it to the campus. Open registration starts August 1st.

For the icons I used FontAwesome. If you don’t know what that is then sign up for my class and you’ll find out how to use them in both print and web design! 🙂

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The details!

Be in control! Design, build & upload a website from scratch.
It doesn’t matter if you are going to be full-fledged web developer
or hire another developer to build a website for you this course
will give you the skills you need to be a well rounded designer and an effective communicator.

No previous experience is required to get the competitive edge!

Fall 08/15/2016 – 12/16/2016 • Section 4624
Monday & Wednesday • 7-9:20pm • 3 Units
Instructor: Eloine Chapman
www.losmedanos.edu/register

 

 

 

Nifty QR Code

Nifty QR Code

Ever see those ugly black and white things that were all the rage a few years back called QR codes? Well they had the potential of being something great but they were pretty ugly and the technology just wasn’t on everybody’s phone to make it that useful.

I discovered ounchtag.com today and made my own QR code that is melded with an image. I think it looks pretty cool! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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If you don’t know what a QR are code is you can read more about it here.

UPDATE:

No sooner did I post about this that I found a place to use one! One of my clients is a writer and here is a bookmark advertising her books page. The site is not yet live but she will be able to use this bookmark at conferences to take her to her website and to links to buy her book.

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Photographing college graduation

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example gallery from weebly
example gallery from weebly

I was asked to photograph the Los Medanos College 2015 graduation ceremony a couple of days ago. It happened to be the largest one they had yet and that meant over 400 graduates! Needless to say I have over 2,000 images I needed to whittle down through and make sure I tried to show most everyone while still capturing the fun of the event. We use these photos not only to document the night but they are great marketing pieces to remind potential students what they are working towards.

The trick to getting maximum exposure is to get through these photos fast before the momentum of the event wears off and that is where some handy software can help. I used Adobe lightroom to quickly star the photos I was going to keep based on the thumbnails. Then I batched adjusted the exposure on some that were a little light struck. Then I did a little cropping and then exported them as decent sized jpegs.

Here is where the cool part comes in. To make a web gallery or a slideshow can take hours but not so when you use the free templates that weebly offers you. They offer free blogs and web hosting and what’s even cooler is you can download the pages and keep a copy for hosting elsewhere.

Another free little tool I just found out about is Pro Show Web that allows you to quickly make a slideshow with 15 images or less and set it to music.

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Web store sneak peak

I don’t usually show a website until it’s mostly finished but I am excited about my new pet photo stock store I am setting up. As of this post I have only formatted 6 photos for sale because I wanted to focus on getting all the details right before adding more. I am using gumroad for the store engine and I coded the page to be responsive so hopefully when you view this on any device you can see the thumbnails fairly large in either 3, 2 or one column. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to be alerted when I add new photos at the bottom of the page!

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