Creating and Using Technical Movies

My classroom experience requires me to teach a lot of technique, especially software technique that can suck away from time in the classroom devoted to discussing the images themselves. I have found creating technical movies to be an invaluable resource for students. It definitely takes quite a bit of prep time, but is well worth it if you have the resources and patience. I have access to IShowU HD software to create movies, but there are other, simpler applications you can use as well. I typically upload to Vimeo and embed the links on my online classroom. Of course, you could as easily use YouTube. Find out what resources your institution has to assist you. It’s likely that your IT department is eager to help out and provide you whatever access you need to create a more interactive classroom. You can then use your own movies as a resource for students in and beyond the classroom.
• Keep them short – break techniques into sections that you can easily refer to;

• Search out already created movies you might find on YouTube or tutorials like;

• Collaborate with students or other faculty to create technique videos.

Of course you can also make movies for any topic, not just technique.

check out an example here:

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About seszucs

Suzanne E. Szucs is an artist, writer and educator living and working in Rochester, MN. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an Illinois Arts Council Individual Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist Grant, Szucs has shown her work widely. To see portfolios or link to articles go to: or Szucs has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Having taught since 1995, Szucs has held positions at a variety of institutions, from adjunct positions at art schools and community colleges, multi-year positions at two universities and is currently a full-time Instructor of Art, Photography at Rochester Community & Technical College. Her experience includes teaching across the spectrum of photographic practice and history and working with diverse demographics of students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

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