Digital Creator program placed on hold, Photography Club still going strong
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Sioux Lookout’s Digital Creator program and Photography Club have been using online platforms to communicate with members and participants since the Sioux Lookout Public Library, which is the home of their physical gathering spaces, closed on March 13.
Despite using online platforms successfully, Digital Creator announced last week that their program will be on hold until at least late summer.
“Even though Digital Creator has been successful with their online platform, unfortunately as of April 17th Sarah’s (Fraser) role as Program Lead must be placed on pause. Due to the unprecedented times and the inability to gather in person as the program was designed for, the Digital Creator North program at Sioux Lookout Library will be on hold until late summer/early fall 2020,” Digital Creator Sioux Lookout shared
“Those who are still interested in being creative will enjoy plenty of inspirational activities Sarah has posted on the Digital Creator Facebook Page as well as on their YouTube channel. Along with free user-friendly open source software options, Digital Creator has been creating tutorials. Some of the tutorials they have made include: Making a digital photo collage; How to make an animator's light box; Sound effect recording and editing; Creating graphics with Canva; Interactive storytelling with Twine; GIF making; Audio Synthesis, How to Draw a person's Face; Exploring Augmented Reality; Sculpting with Digital Clay. Their content is suitable for ages 11 and up.
“Until the Library reopens to the public, Digital Creator will continue to post creative activities and resources once a week, as well as any future updates on social media. In the meantime, Sarah will be sharpening her creative skills and looking forward to being at the Library to serve the public once again!” said Digital Creator Sioux Lookout.
The Sioux Lookout Photography Club confirmed they will continue meeting online through Skype to participate in regular workshops and photo critiquing. The club shared they’ve seen an increase in membership recently.
“Thankfully, the Sioux Lookout Photography Club will not be affected by the change other than having to wait for a physical location…The Club has been Skyping regularly almost every Thursday for photo critiquing and workshops. Club members are also encouraged to post their favorite photos on the page for all to enjoy. All skill levels are welcome ages 17 and up. The Sioux Lookout Photography Club can be easily found on Facebook,” the Sioux Lookout Photography Club shared.
"It's been wonderful how we haven't allowed a little distance stop us and people may have more time for taking photo's now!” said Devon Opden Dries, who initiated the Sioux Lookout Photography Club.
“We have also seen the number of Photography Club members increase quite a bit recently. We are now at 88,” said Sarah Fraser.
The Sioux Lookout Photography Club has been ongoing since the fall, and the club has run a variety of workshops including photo show and tell, camera settings and functions, intro to Adobe Photoshop, understanding lighting and depth of field, Christmas card making with photos, and practice time with portraits and still life.
The Sioux Lookout Photography Club can be found on Facebook by searching Sioux Lookout Photography Group, where residents can join their private group.
To stay up to date on Sioux Lookout’s Digital Creator program, visit their Facebook page Digital Creator North - Sioux Lookout or their Instagram page @digitalcreatorslkt.