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DaVinci Resolve 12 Color Grading

Alma utilized online tutorials for DaVinci Resolve and taught herself the basics of color grading. The following video was underexposed and shot in the film dynamic range. Alma balanced the colors using the scopes within Resolve, and then added some selective saturation with the curve tools.

This grading allowed fine details of the tea-steeping process to become visible (see the rippling color on the top of the water).

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6th Floor Studios Blog

Alma always looks for opportunities to share information, from articles she has read to tips that she’s cultivated. Alma created the 6th Floor Studios to provide an outlet for that expression, with the added intent to gather creative individuals and provide them a similar platform. Showcase and Reading Lists will highlight the work and interests of that team.

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Sustaining Productivity Presentation at LUC Tech Day 2014

Using Evernote to embrace digital notetaking

There are a myriad of notetaking solutions available now, but Alma found Evernote first. Alma presented about Evernote and how it shortens the time between scribble and recycle. She can digitize, photograph, clip, crop, speak-to-text and embed with Evernote to save just about anything she needs to take note of. Then once the note is in the cloud, it can be organized by notebooks and tags. Alma can search the full text or OCR and even set a reminder. All of the above in any combination or permutation needed to get things done.

View the complete presentation from TechDay here (link uses Adobe Connect).

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Digital Art 1 and 2 Instructor: Beck Center for the Arts

This was a great experience for Alma because she had to find photography subjects for her students that were inside of the private arts conservatory. They took pictures of their shoes, the light fixtures, condensation on a drinking fountain, and even furniture. They stretched their imaginations to find pleasing composition at odd angles. Alma stretched herself creatively by limiting herself geographically.

Alma promoted, built curriculum for and instructed beginning and intermediate level digital art courses. Constructed curriculum for beginning and intermediate digital art classes (for 8-week and 16-week sessions). Curricula included two projects and many constructive evaluations, as well as discussion topics. Provided immediate support to computers within the digital art lab as well as troubleshooting various types of cameras (supplied by students). Continue Reading →

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Media Designer, CSU Theater Production of The Laramie Project

Directed by Dr Michael Mauldin

The Laramie Project documents the lives and reactions of a Wyoming community as they are immersed in the aftermath of the brutal murder of Matthew Sheppard. It contains the moving interviews by witnesses, family and friends and transcripts of court proceedings.

A scene in the play portrays the jarring descent of the national media on to the quite town of Laramie, many productions send all cast members armed with news paraphernalia storming through the audience. This, in addition to a greater integration of digital media in to the play, necessitated a cross-department outreach in Cleveland State University’s production. Alma was involved in a production of this play in high school as a member of house crew, and when she heard that my university was going to be producing it, she was compelled to be even more involved. When Alma heard of the need for a liaison between the Theater Arts department and the School of Communication, she worked with the faculty involved to develop an Independent Study course.

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