This spring, McGraw DLL offers nine multimedia workshops. Examining workflows and processes underpinning creative projects from photography, video and scientific documentation to podcasts and animation, these workshops engage the question: “How do I do that?”  Leading six of these sessions are McGraw Center student staff, DLL Specialists, who have generously offered to share their knowledge, insights and enthusiasm. Joining our students are three University staff members – Christian Lambert from the School of Architecture, Nick Donnoli, from the Office of Communications, and Elio Lleo, from the Department of African American Studies – who will “lift the veil” on their creative processes when producing photographs, video and podcasts for the University.

All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. Registration is required. Please follow R.S.V.P links below to register for each event.

Photography Basics

Monday, February 26, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

A few user-defined settings determine how DSLR cameras record still or moving images. Learn how adjustments of focus, shutter speed, aperture, metering, and white balance can dramatically affect your photos. Experiment with lighting and try different techniques for photographing an object, portrait, or still life.

Instructor: Christian Lambert, School of Architecture


Typesetting with LaTeX

Wednesday, February 28, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

LaTeX is essential for high-quality typesetting of scientific documentation. If you’re majoring in mathematics, computer science, engineering, or physics, or taking a class that requires writing mathematical proofs (such as COS 340), LaTeX is the typesetting system you should know. Bring your own formulas or proofs to try LaTeX for yourself!

Instructor: Raymond Sheng ‘19


Make an Animated Short

Monday, March 5, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Learn about animated filmmaking in this introductory workshop! We’ll talk about how animators design and build their projects, walk through animation production samples, and start making animations of our own.

Instructors: Gabrielle Chen ‘18


Design your Digital Portfolio


Learn how to design a digital portfolio tailored to your discipline and interests. Explore free hosting services to publish it online. Design tips and templates provided!

Instructor: Dimitris Ntaras ‘21


Telling Stories with Video

Monday, March 12, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Dive into storytelling in this workshop as we piece together an interview-based video feature using Adobe Premiere Pro. Learn how to conceptualize and build short-form visual stories, and turn sounds and video clips into a seamless, well-crafted final product.

Instructor: Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications


Smartphone Photography and Filmmaking

Wednesday, March 28, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Smartphone and tablets now come with great cameras for taking HD videos and photographs. Learn how to use the smartphone (or tablet) in your pocket to capture vibrant portraits, interior shots, panoramas and selfies in varying lighting conditions.

Instructor: Jessica Zhou ‘19


Crafting the Video Essay

Wednesday, April 4, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Passionate about cinematic technique? Immersed in the work of a filmmaker? Use your essay-writing skills to build a fun, compelling narrative argument visually with clips, scenes and shots from your favorite series or film.

Instructors: Jessica Zhou ‘19


Create Visual, Interactive Media with Processing

Wednesday, April 11, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Processing is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. Learn how to develop a program from scratch that responds to/is defined by inputs using the programming language Processing. No prior coding experience needed.

Instructor: Yunzi Shi ‘20


Create a Podcast

Monday, April 23, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Passionate about audio journalism? Need to make a podcast for a class? Learn how to turn your story concept into a compelling audio narrative by layering voices with sound effects and music. Consider techniques for building an audience and find out how to upload your podcasts so people can listen and share.

Instructor: Elio Lleo, Department of African American Studies