Boulder Digital Arts announces Transitions certificate program

BOULDER, COLO. — APRIL 16, 2010 — A new series of intensive one-week certificate programs at Boulder Digital Arts is set to make the organization a national resource for digital professionals, students and other professionals looking to learn important new tools and techniques in web design, social media marketing, video production and other fields. The Transitions certificate program will debut June 7.

Boulder Digital Arts’ new Transitions certificate programs are taught by talented working professionals. The programs emphasize practical knowledge and skills over academics using a project-based learning approach that combines engaging lectures with hands-on practice. Every Transitions program has a clear, concise learning outcome for students. Most programs limit class size to eight students so the instructor can engage and help each student.

Offered in Boulder Digital Arts’ state-of-the-art classroom in the organization’s new 3,000-square-foot site at 1600 Range St., the Transitions classes deepen and expand the curriculum Boulder Digital Arts has offered over its six-year history. Transitions students will have access to cutting-edge software and tools, and receive personal mentoring from other digital professionals.

The first Transitions class, a one-week Digital Photography certificate program, runs Monday, June 7, to Friday, June 11. Other scheduled Transitions classes include:

Web Design, June 14-18

Video Production, June 21-25

Web Marketing and Social Media, June 28-July 2

Video Post-Production, July 19-23

The classes are geared toward out-of-town visitors as well as local professionals. Boulder Digital Arts has negotiated with local vendors to offer discounted accommodations and other services to Transitions participants. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and include a catered lunch. Students will also have access to personal mentoring from Boulder Digital Arts instructors from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

“This new program is a huge leap forward for Boulder Digital Arts,” co-founder Bruce Borowsky said of the new space. “People who spend a week in the Transitions classroom with our top-notch mentors will leave Boulder Digital Arts with a new set of skills and a grasp of the most important technological trends of the day. We believe they’ll feel more vital and energized about how they incorporate technology into their careers, and people will come to Boulder from all over the country once they find out how exciting these programs are.”

Boulder Digital Arts co-founders Bruce Borowsky and Zach Daudert launched the organization in 2004 to offer low-cost, high-impact training in digital tools and new technology. Boulder is an important hub of the digital world, allowing Boulder Digital Arts to leverage top-notch instructors and provide education in cutting-edge subjects and ideas. Borowsky, a Boulder Chamber of Commerce board member, has been a producer at People Productions in Boulder for more than 10 years. During that time he has worked on a wide variety of projects for both corporate and commercial clientele, not only as producer and director but also as cameraman, lighting director and editor. Daudert is a technology strategist, Web developer and filmmaker. He started his career as a video editor in the mid 1990s and moved into Web and mobile development when it became too interesting to ignore and promised a seemingly unlimited source of curiosity and experiments in the early 2000s.

About Boulder Digital Arts (

Located at 1600 Range St., Boulder Digital Arts is a one-stop community resource for digital artists, creative professionals and students in film/video, interactive media, photography, music and the Web. Boulder Digital Arts offers a range of resources that embrace contemporary technology, particularly where it intersects with creative expression, including affordable training, a free online directory, Digital Salon series, free networking and special events and discounted access to tools and technology. The organization’s trainers are professionals and educators who bring a wealth of experience and know how to each training program.

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USB Flash Drives for Image Archival

My buddy Monte and I were discussing the ever-present issue of data storage for our digital photography systems; we have both done several significant migrations to larger systems for our digital photo libraries over the past several years.

Monte explained that he had some tens of gigs (maybe 30-40GB) of client wedding photos that he wanted to offload from his working system and archive. We got into the discussion of what would be the best approach. After just a few minutes, an obvious answer appeared: flash media.

When archiving digital photos long-term, removable USB flash drives (thumb drives, jump drives) represent the current best solution.

The primary consideration for choosing a storage medium is how it will stand up against time. Hard disk drives, with moving components and magnetic data, cannot be relied upon for archival.

Optical media woul be a great choice, but is still not widely available in large enough capacities to make digital media storage viable using optical media.

Enter flash, or solid state, storage. Impervious to all but the most extreme environmental conditions; you can put a flash drive through the washer and dryer and most likely will retain ALL the data.

Capacities are increasing rapidly and prices are dropping an average of 40% annually. Today, a 32GB removable USB flash drive costs around $75; a 4GB flash drive is now around $10. And for something that you’re planning to keep for years, the tiny size of these drives is ideal.

Like Monte, I’m currently in a situation where I have client projects I want to archive. CD or DVD won’t cut it. Hard drives are not archival. For me, spending up to $75 to archive several thousand dollars worth of client files is a no-brainer. And most client projects will fit on smaller drives, or multiple clients on one drive.

My largest client projects are just under 30GB. But I have many client projects that are just 3 or 4 GB. I can safely archive these with long term reliability-in duplicate or even triplicate-very inexpensively.

If you have projects that don’t need to be taking up resources on your working photo/imaging/video storage systems, offload them to USB drives. Buy larger capacity drives as they become available.

Set up a good labeling and organizing system so you can easily find something from within potentially many USB drives. (You can use Lightroom catalogs for this, too; more about this in a future article.)

Using USB flash drives, even a busy studio can store many clients’ projects for many years… safely and cheaply, while taking up very little space.

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