Category Archives: Seminars

Seminar 5: Sensibility, Style and Signature

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sensibility, Style and Signature is a workshop dedicated to discovering your true personal talent and expression, and developing it into a photographic style that comes from the inside out. Cheryl draws on the experiences and methods of known authors and artists, who also strive to project their own voice in the creative work that they do.
Speaker: Cheryl Hassen

Seminar 4: Aerial Images, Sunday, November 26, 2017


Aerial Images: How I record aerial images from drones, infrared imaging and high magnification macro images.
Speaker: Paul Illsley

Paul possesses over 35 years of photographic experience with a specialty in research imaging, photomicrography, and airborne imaging. Paul’s images have been published by National Geographic, used by The Royal Canadian Mint in the form of a coin and by Canada Post in the form of a stamp. His images have been featured in international publications, used by Parks Canada as well as other national and international government organizations.

Paul has served as imaging specialist on a NASA and National Geographic sponsored airborne laser mapping (LiDAR) project in the Peruvian Andes and as an instructor of Cartography, Remote Sensing, and Research Imaging on the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) in Alaska. Paul is an award winning graduate and former Instructor of Remote Sensing and Digital Mapping in the Cartography department at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Nova Scotia, Canada where he specialized in digital cartography as well as aerial imaging and remote sensing, he has experience developing compact airborne imaging systems and has been a cartographic consultant for the Discovery Channel and underwater imaging consultant for the History Channel.

In addition to his cartographic and research imaging experience Paul has served as a reconnaissance specialist with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves and holds certifications in both parachuting as well as SCUBA diving. Paul possesses conflict resolution training as well as experience in group counseling programs in federal penitentiaries and enjoys free time activities such as kayaking, hiking and nature photography.

As a former member and formation counselor in an ecumenical Franciscan monastic community, Paul continues to benefit from his studies and experiences in monasteries throughout North America including a time of residency in Thomas Merton’s hermitage at The Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico, Little Portions and St. Elizabeth’s Friary in New York, Mount St. Frances Monastery in Alberta, Zen Mountain Monastery in New York, The Cistercian-Trappist Monastery of Our Lady of Calvary in New Brunswick, St. Augustine’s Monastery and Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia.nciscan monastic community, Paul continues to benefit from his studies and experiences in monasteries throughout North America including a time of residency in Thomas Merton’s hermitage at The Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico, Little Portions and St. Elizabeth’s Friary in New York, Mount St. Frances Monastery in Alberta, Zen Mountain Monastery in New York, The Cistercian-Trappist Monastery of Our Lady of Calvary in New Brunswick, St. Augustine’s Monastery and Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia.

Seminar 3: Sight & Sound Essay, November 20, 2017

On Monday, 20th November, I will be conducting a hands on Sight and Sound seminar. We will be using a software app from Corel called Video Studio X10. You can download the trial version free for 30 days. I have been using this programme for 35 years. It began as ULEAD out of England. Eventually it was acquired by Corel and sometime later it morphed into Video Studio.

I have used it intensively for all my video weddings, silent essays and sight and sound essay projections at the competitions, and to prepare the Spring and Fall shows.

We will be learning ::

  1. Selecting images and how to insert them into the VS programme.
  2. Adding fades and timings.
  3. Adding music to the audio track and adjusting both length and volume thereby.
  4. Finally output MP4 video.

Many look at me with disbelief when I say that in 15 minutes I’ll have you making up an essay. Remember I am a teacher, not a lecturer, and this is hands on.

MP4 is the de facto standard now and can be produced by both Mac and PC platforms. As you have noticed the Silent Essay competition is coming up very soon and they are all MP4’s, as prepared by Darryl on his Mac. Lately 60 to 80% of our essays were MP4, very easy to project and in any desirable sequence.

Like I said it is a hands on seminar. The plan is that we set up 4 or 5 stations – or more – at the meeting. You will set up your laptop fully equipped with the VS 10 Pro software. The software can be downloaded from Corel as a trial version. There are 2 versions of the X10 at Corel…X10 pro and X10 Ultimate. I like the ultimate but the Pro is adequate and is what we will be using at the club.

COST ??:

The trial version is free but, at times, there are specials thus reducing the cost.

Version Normal Special
X10 Pro $79.99 $63.99
X10 Ultimate $99.99 $79.99

This programme is backwards compatible so we get away from the nonsense that the other programme insults us with.

At the Corel site you will find all kinds of software that might interest you. Good to take a look.

FREE TRIAL DOWNLOADING ::

  1. go to www.corel.com.
  2. click on Trial 3rd from left.
  3. click on the X10 icon, 2nd down on right column.
  4. you can take it from there.

Any questions? call Merv at 902-456-1449

See all you thespians there on Monday 20 th.

Regards,
MervKM