PVNET Movie Maker Class Coming in May

As I previously posted, One of the classes I’ll be teaching in May is Microsoft’s Movie Maker. One of the topics we will cover is called WOW Effects in DVD Maker. This technique, developed and popularized by PapaJohn Buechler, allows you to apply the Menu themes/effects available in Microsoft’s DVD Maker as a title clip for any of your video productions, not just those that you burn to a DVD.

Movie Maker comes in versions compatible with the various versions of Windows (covered in class) and is a free download, while DVD Maker is part of Vista and Windows 7.

Below is a link that shows the various themes/effects available in DVD Maker. The photos you see would be  samples from your particular project. By the way, the PVNET computers have Movie Maker installed, but you are more than welcome to bring your laptop.

DVD Effects Title Screen

Click here to find out more and to register for this class or the Photoshop CC Level 2 class.

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PVNET May Classes – Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Adobe Friday cases I will be teaching in May. PVNET has reduced the cost of these four-week classes to $60. And remember I will be available during the optional lab session from 5:00-6:00 pm if you need any help outside of class or just want to come early or stay late and chat. The lab sessions are open to registered students.

The classes I will be teaching in May are Photoshop Level 2, and Microsoft Movie Maker Level 1. To find out more about these classes and to register, click on the image below.


Carbonite’s Sync and Share – A Resource Hungry App You May Not Need

A few months ago I summarized my experiences starting and initial usage of CarboniteRemember Carbonite is a popular and excellent way to back up your important files to the cloud. I use Carbonite as my doom’s day backup to supplement my local backup strategy.

Also in an earlier post, I pointed out that Carbonite does not automatically back up your Photoshop Elements Catalog. You have to manually direct it to do that, which is not difficult.

 I like Carbonite and it seems like a good product, one by the way that I hope I never after to see just how good it is. Carbonite has an optional free iPad app, Sync and Share, that allows you to access your backed up files from anywhere from your iPad/iPhone – and probably all smart devices. I installed it and also the small computer program on my PC.

To be honest, I never tried using Sync and Share in the couple months I had it on my PC and iPad. I was experiencing some probably unrelated PC performance problems and was using the Windows Task Manager to see what was going on. To my amazement, Sync and Share was using 3.8 Gb of my 16 Gb of internal RAM. That was an order of magnitude above any other program/process on my PC.

 I contacted Carbonite to verify that I could just uninstall the Sync and Share program in the normal manner without affecting my Carbonite backups. I did indeed uninstall Sync and Share and removed its companion app from my iPad. As I write this, the largest memory using program/process on my PC is only 118 Mb (OneNote), and I’m using about 22% of my total PC memory.

Task Manager

 Your mileage may vary, and there may have been steps that I could have taken to reduce Sync and Share’s use of my PC’s resources. But for me, I am sticking with the plan vanilla Carbonite that is doing what I expected.

PVNET Lowers The Cost of Adobe Friday Classes

The cost of the next pair of classes that start on  April 4th has been lowered to $60 for the four-week classes. The two classes being taught in April are Photoshop Level 1 and the Introduction to Digital Photography class.

To find out more about these classes and to register, click on the link below.

Adobe Friday April Classes

Remember, these classes include an optional supervised lab from 5:00-6:00 pm where you can get help with your specific questions.

PVNET has just put up a new registration page that is more friendly than the earlier one, but if you have any trouble registering, do not hesitate to email me.



Spring Digital Photography Classes


My winter classes at both Torrance Adult School and the South Bay Adult School are coming to a close.

The Spring Term starts on March 24th, less than two weeks away. Both schools have mailed their catalog and have their online registration open. Here are the classes I will be teaching at both schools.

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ipad 101  Wed. 12:30-2:30 pm

iPad – Photography Tues 12:30-2:30 pm

Your Digital Camera Mon 9:30-11:30 am starting April 21st

Photoshop CS5 and Camera RAW Thurs 5:30-7:30 pm

You can find my description of each of these classes by CLICKING HERE.


South Bay Adult School

Photo editing Using Photoshop Elements 11 Tues 5:00-7:00 pm

Using Your Advanced Digital Camera Mon 5:00-7:00 pm

You can find my description of these classes by CLICKING HERE.

Don’t miss out. These are the last classes I will be teaching until the fall.

Next Set of 4-Week Classes at PVNET Start April 4th

The next set of Adobe Fridays classes will start on April 4th. There are two classes. The Introduction to Digital Photography class is at 3:00 pm, and the basic Photoshop class starts at 6:30 pm. Remember as part of this series of classes, there is an lab starting at 5:00 pm that is open to students in both classes. I am there to provide you any additional help you need.

For the basic Photoshop class, you will need to bring your laptop with a somewhat recent version of Photoshop installed. I will be using Photoshop CC on my laptop.

For the Introduction to Digital Photography class, we will be using PVNET’s computers, but laptops are always welcome. Also, bring your camera or smartphone, as we will be taking some pictures during the course.


Click on the image above to see the description of these and other current course I’m teaching at PVNET.

To register for any of these classes CLICK HERE.

Scholl done the page to get to the digital photography courses.

I hope to see you in class.

Microsoft’s Photosynth Program Revisited

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A couple of months ago I posted an article on Microsoft’s free Photosynth program. The post can be viewed here.

The iPad Photosynth app is one of those that we are covering in my current iPad for Photography class at PVNET. We will also be looking at this app in the iPad for Photography starting in a couple of weeks at the Torrance Adult School.

Having fun with digital photography.


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