Saturday, June 01, 2013

in which we wander about webinars...

So you know how you agree to do something, like say, teach a webinar for Interweave on Basic Photography for Knitters, and you figure that your presentation  is 90% all there so no need to get fussed about it...
a slide from the webinar revealing  behind-the-scenes glamour
and then when you go put a few last touches on it, you end up spending the better part of 3 days re-doing it? Yes, you do? Oh good, then we understand each other. I am pretty psyched cough understatement cough for this. Sign up any time , we are live webcasting on Wednesday June 5th at noon eastern time--but you can watch it later, all recorded.
the real photo we were making Fussy Cuts blanket fr Craft Activism , designed by Mason Dixon Knitting
Anyhoo, I've been gettting lots of questions about webinars and what they are, and who they aren't so I figured I'd , as Ricky Ricardo would say, do a little 'splaining.

My webinar is a one session online slide presentation--just like watching a normal slide talk without being in the same room as the presenter.   Unlike an online class, you will not see me, the instructor. And me, the instructor, is very thankful, because this way I don't have to worry about what to wear* or that you will  see the shmear of poison ivy  on my cheek this week.

You will receive an email from GoToWebinar with log-on info, and a reminder of what time the webinar begins.  When you log on, your browser window will have my opening slide on it, and off we'll go, I'll change images as we talk about them (I have alot of images and a lot to say). I'll be sitting here narrating the talk by phone, you'll hear it coming out of your computer.  You don't have to download or acquire any software, but you need to be online.

Photography is a subject perhaps uniquely suited to the webinar format. You see a photo, I talk about it.   I have to confess that I love taking webinars, but that is probably because all the ones I take are  about the photo business. I have friends in the corporate world who cringe at the word webinar.  It means they have to watch  stultifyingly dull powerpoints in which the narrator reads  bulleted sentence fragments, all about insurance regulations.

I promise we will not discuss insurance.
Here's a link again.** Best of all--the webinar is initially webcast live, but it is recorded, so if you do not have the free time to join me mid day Wednesday June 5th, you will receive an email within 48 hours of the live webcast telling you to go ahead and log on at your leisure. Those who watched live will receive the same  email, in case you'd like to watch it again . All, or part and return later. Those who are watching live can type in questions. The Q&A will also be recorded, so you miss nothing.

Those who purchase by Wednesday 6/5 noon eastern can either join live, or soon after ( you'll be notified with 48 hrs).  Those who don't sign on on by noon Wednesday will be able to access the webinar, but not till it goes in the Interweave shop, in about 2 weeks. 

If you have questions about this all, feel free to send them to me ezisusATsnetDOTnet.
*OK, I am going to be honest. Even though no one will see, I am still going to think about what to wear. And keep my fingers crossed that Bobo doesn't run into the room barking.

** just noticed they reduced the price . Costs less than a skein of Silk Garden!


Aara said...

Who made that gorgeous blanket?

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Thanks for asking, I should have put it in the caption (just addedit now): it is the Fussy Cuts Blanket, which is in the book CraftActivism. It is designed by Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner of Mason Dixon Knitting and is delicious.

Ptarmigan said...

Thanks for 'splainin'. Craftsy has been rather parsimonious with information about the webinar and how it works.

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Glad to be of help--and, to be clear, it's an Interweave media production.

Mary Lou said...

Yeah, the word webinar in the world of day jobs makes me feel sleepy immediately. Or look for my knitting. You'll be great!

Spinningstones said...

Hi Gale, I have just signed up for the webinar and was glad you explained that we can take it at anytime. I am in Australia so may well be sound asleep in bed at that time.I am also trying to figure out the time here is Oz. It seems your EST differs depending on the state etc. When Interweave says 12 EST which EST do I look for?
Margaret. Ps my copy of Shear Spirit is well worn!

Carol said...

Signed up for the webinar, but how do I access it? Where do I sign in. No information from Knitting Daily about this.

Gail said...

I'm with Carol--no information about
how to access the webinar after
registering for it. And no word
from Interweave either! It would be great if you could let us know how we're going to get it. And is it 12 Eastern Standard Time? Aren't you on Daylight Savings Time? It's just that I'm trying to figure the time for Montana.
Thanks! Gail

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Sorry for any confusion ! You will receve an email from GoToWebinar with a reminder of the start time, and log-on info. (I'll suggest to Interweave that they let registrants know this--it does seem odd to leave you wondering about such a crucial detail).
The timing is noon Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday June 5, in the US. (all the states in our time zone are the same time) If you consult an international clock, we are the same timezone as New York.
Let me know what you thin afterwards! Thanks for signing up.

Paula said...

I really enjoyed the webinar. I went home and dug out my Nikon 50mm and hope the D5100 will like it. I have a translucent patio roof and lots of shade at the farm. Have yet to play with reflectors much.
I also fell in love with Granny Greenbag and had to buy the book to make one.

Ruth Spears said...

I missed the webinar yesterday (and I even registered!). Link says it is closed. How do I access it now?

linafha said...

Hi Gale,
I missed the webinar alrogether. Do you plan on having another one sometime in the near future? If so, can I get on the mailing list so that I can join in.

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Hi Linafha,
The webinar was recorded, and will be available ,exactly as it was live, in about 10 days from the Interweave store. The Q&A,which lasted about 1/23 hour, will be included--so although you can't ask questions, there is a decent chance someone else asked what you might have.
Aside from that, I would love to do another one, so, stay tuned!

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Cynthiacc-and anyone else in the same boat- please send me an email at EZISUSatSNETdotNET and I will make sure you get the link. You should have received the link from Interweave and/or GoToWebinar but it is possible there was a glitch for a few people. I am so sorry for the inconvenience-and for any frustration it caused.