Reminders


Hi Everyone,

For those of you who are former or potential students in my digital photography classes, I have a couple of updates.

Apparently, the South Bay Adult School will open their web site for online registration on approximately August 7th. Also, their walk-in registration begins  approximately August 14th. I do not have any new information as to when registration opens for the Torrance Griffith Adult Center, but I suspect it will be approximately the same time.

The first week of classes for both schools will be September 14th. If you lost my email and/or have not been to the web site recently, below are the descriptions/schedules for the classes I will teaching at both schools this fall.

South Bay Adult School

Torrance Griffith Adult Center

The summer has really been flying by, and I am now in the midst of planning the courses and upgrading the exercises. If you have not taken a class in the last year or so, you will find that I now provide my handouts on a password protected web page in PDF format. You will be given the password for your class on the first day. Doing it this way not only allows you to print a superior quality copy to the xerox copies normally provided, but the Comments section on the handouts page makes a great way for us to interact between sessions.

 I have not posted as many articles on my blog as I initially planned this summer, but I hope to do a couple more before school starts. I hope you are taking advantage of the RSS feed, so you get a notice whenever I add a new post etc.

One of the reasons I have not been posting as much as I thought I would is  like the past couple of years I have been beta testing the next versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. Yes, there will be a Version 8 at some point. I have been doing this for the past several months. I am testing both programs on two different computers. It has taken up a lot of my time, but has also been quite rewarding and fun, as well as frustraing at times. It normally does not involve this, but this morning I was on a three way connection for two hours with a couple of programmers in India. They were sharing my computer screen while I was demonstrating a problem to them.

Well, that’s my update. I will probably send out one last reminder for the fall term via email late next week. In the meantime, I will be spending some time in the Sierras camping. Hopefully, I’ll come back with some good pictures and maybe some bad ones we can work on in class.

Enjoy te rest of the summer.

Torrance Adult School Fall Digital Photo Classes


I’ve just received my fall schedule for the digital photography classes I will be teaching at the Torrance Griffith Adult Center. You can see the description and schedule by clicking here to go to my web site. For convenience, I have included the information below.

For those of you who are on my email distribution list and did not receive an email today or within a couple days it is probably because your email came back undelivered. I spent about two hours reconciling the list today, and that means you are no longer on it.  If you would like to be added back on, please email me.

Also, for those of you interested in the classes I teach at the South Bay Adult School, I posted its schedule in an earlier post.

Fall 2009 Schedule

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 I will be teaching a total of five separate classes at the Griffith Adult Center this fall. We are using Photoshop Elements 7.0. The fall catalog should be available soon, which is generally when registration begins. I will be distributing handouts from password protected pages attached to my blog in a similar manner as I did during the spring.  You will be given the password and any handouts needed for the first day of class at the first session.

 Please note there is only one level of camera class this term. This class will be for both those just starting out and/or using a relative simple digital camera. that does not allow for manually selecting the shutter speed and lens aperture. The same class will also accommodate those students using a digital SLR or a more sophisticated compact digital camera, which does allow one to manually set the shutter speed and F-Stop setting. However, the student need not be advanced. In-class shooting assignments will vary with the camera type being used as necessary.

 The following are the basic descriptions for digital photography classes I will be teaching in the fall.

 Digital Photography & Organizing Photos

This is the course to start with if you are new to digital photography, thinking about it, or just want to find out what all of the fuss is about. But, it is also the one course that will help you keep track of and protect all of those digital images you have been collecting on your computer. You will learn how to use the Organizer of Photoshop Elements beginning with importing images to your PC, managing them, and then protecting them.

This course builds an excellent foundation for the photo editing courses offered. The class will also introduce you to creative ways to share your photos with others, including slide shows, photo albums etc. We also discuss digital cameras, printers and scanners.

 Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 pm, beginning September 17th.

 Get to Know Your Digital Camera

For this term, the basic and the more advanced camera classes will be combined into a single class. In-class assignments and instructions will structured to accommodate the more advanced cameras as appropriate.

Do you find the manual that came with your new digital camera confusing?  Or maybe some of the pictures you have taken using its programmed or automatic mode did not turn out like you had hoped. Are you struggling a bit to understand or set all of those options you are presented with, let alone knowing how and when to use them? If so, then this may just be the class to help you get more from your digital camera. This is a hands-on course – your hands on your camera. Class size is purposely being kept small to maximize the benefit to you. For those of you who have DSLR cameras, in-class assignments and instruction will be structured to accommodate your camera as appropriate.

 Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm, beginning September 16th. (6 Meetings)

Please note, there is an information sheet that lists what you should bring with you to the first class, and a couple of things you need to do prior to the first class meeting. Click here to see these instructions.

 Get to Know Your Digital Camera – Advanced
      (Combined with the Basic Camera Class for the Fall Term)

This class is designed for those people who have a digital SLR or a more advanced compact digital camera that allows the shutter speed and lens aperture to be selected manually. The exercises we do will focus on those features that are available on these more advanced cameras. We will begin using the automatic and programmed modes, but will then move on to the manual modes for more creative control of the image. This is a hands-on course – your hands on your camera. Class size is purposely being kept small to maximize the benefit to you. If you are brand new to digital photography, you may want to take the beginning camera class described above first.

 Please note, there is an information sheet that lists what you should bring with you to the first class, and a couple of things you need to do prior to the first class meeting. Click here to see these instructions.

 Digital Photography and Editing  

This class deals with improving and enhancing your photo images once you have transferred them to your computer. The course basically deals with the Edit Mode of Photoshop Elements 6. Using layers and the various selection tools are just two of the topics thoroughly covered. Specific exercises also address converting photo images into works of art. This course will also address the Guided Edit task pane that was new in Photoshop Elements 6. Although not specifically covered in class exercises, scanning, obtaining quality prints, and related digital photography topics are discussed and/or demonstrated as appropriate.

 Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30 pm, beginning Sptember 16th. 

 Digital Photography Projects

 Explore the variety of ways that you can share your digital images with family, friends, and colleagues. This course will cover making slide shows in Photoshop Elements 7 and other photo projects possible using the program. The course also covers using Movie Maker for editing video files and augmenting slide shows produced in PSE. The free Photo Story 3 program from Microsoft will also be explored.

 This course can viewed as a basic introduction to digital video editing, as well as digital photography in general. In this course you will work with you own pictures, video clips, and music.

 Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 pm, beginning September 15th. 

Digital Photography and Editing – Advanced

During this course, more advanced built-in imaging editing and special effects capabilities using the Edit Mode of Photoshop Elements will be explored. New tools in later versions of Photoshop Elements will be explored. Free or low-cost third party plug-in programs are available that give Photoshop Elements capabilities well beyond those that come with the boxed program. The course will cover the installation and use of some of selected plug-ins.  Examples include the use of curves, channels, grain/noise reduction, and other advanced editing and special effects tools. Students will be given a CD containing these plug-in programs as part of the course.

 Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm, beginning September 17th. 

 For Registration information for these and other Torrance Adult Education Classes click here.

 

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Photoshop Elements Export Command Video


Hi Everyone,

I got back from my recent Oregon road trip a few days ago. I had a great visit with friends, enjoyed being treated like a king, and had an opportunity to photograph some great scenery. I was gone a week and put just over 2000 miles on my car. I am beginning to get a little more involved with my Facebook account. I’ve posted a few pictures on my Facebook page. You can see them by going to www.facebook.com/don.stouder1.

Now on with the real reason for this post. We all know how easy it is to keep track of our photographs and video clips using the Organizer in Photoshop Elements. We can quickly find pictures using categories and tags, as well as several other features in PSE without worrying about where the specific pictures are located on our hard drive. However, what if you are not in the Organizer and want to locate and select a particular picture or group of pictures?

What if you want to upload an image to eBay? Or what if you want to share some pictures on a photo sharing site like Facebook, Flickr etc. What about uploading some images to Costco or CVS for printing? Using these and similar services generally involve browsing to the folder where your selected images are stored on your computer while you are filling out their online form. The EXPORT command of PSE is a great way to collect your selected photos and copy them to a folder that is easy to browse to while you are online.

I have a dedicated folder on my Desktop I use just for this purpose. Once the images have been uploaded, I delete them from this folder so that I don’t have multiple copies taking up unneccessary room on my hard drive. Because PSE copies the selected images, there is no impact on my Catalog. The originall images are left untouched. Also, as you will see in the tutorial, the EXPORT command also allows you to resize and rename you copied images.

Click here to see a short video on using the EXPORT command. I’m still experimenting with different video formats for posted video tutorials. This one is a .mov file and requires the free Quicktime player to view it. It is about 10 Mb in size, so you may want to download it before viewing it. To download it, right click on the above link and follow the screen prompts. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to comment below.

Finally, those of you waiting for my Torrance fall teaching schedule, I’ve been promised  it in a couple of days. As soon as I know what it will be, I will email it to those on my Torrance distribution list and post it on my web site with a quick note here.

That’s all for now. Enjoy your summer. It’s going fast.

Don

My South Bay Adult School Fall Classes


I now have my class schedule for the fall term. I’ll be teachinbg both the basic digital camera class and the advanced class for those of you who have a digital SLR camera. Or an advanced compact camera, which allows you to set the aperture and shutter speed manually will also work well. Remember, the word “advanced”  refers to your camera, not you. I will also be teaching the Digital Photo Editing Using Photoshop Elements class.

My web site has been updated to show the SBAS fall term. Those of you who are on my email distribution list should have gotten your email announcement by the time you read this.

My class schedule at the Griffith Adult Center in Torrance has not been finalized yet. I should have that information for you in a coulple of weeks or so.

I’m leaving Saturday for a week long road trip to Oregon. I expect to take a ton of pictures, some of which no doubt will end up being the “befores” in my photo editing class. Below are the times and descriptions for the classes I’ll be teaching at SBAS in the fall cpied from my web site.

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It’s now July and the weather is beginning to warm up. The fall term begins Monday, September 14th. I hope you are enjoying your summer and are taking a lot of pictures.

 All of my classes include an extensive set of exercise notes. The notes are provided online on a restricted web page accessed from my blog. You will be given the password the first day of class.  The handouts are provided in PDF format which is compatible with virtually all computers. I also use the restricted web page to communicate with my students between class sessions.

Registration should begin via the South Bay Adult School web site soon.

 There are two levels of camera classes. One will be for those just starting out and/or using a compact digital camera that does not allow for manually selecting the shutter speed and lens aperture (F-Stop).

 The more advanced camera course will be geared towards students using a digital SLR or a more sophisticated compact digital camera, which does allow these manual settings.

 We will be using Photoshop Elements 6.0 in all of our classes. For those of you who are using older versions of Elements or the new Version 7, I will point out the differences during class, so you can use what you learn in class at home.

 I will be teaching both camera classes during the fall term, and the photo editing class. Remember, these camera classes fill up quickly since they are restricted to 12 students, so register early. Descriptions of other classes I will be teaching in future terms are also shown below.

 Getting to Know Your Point and Shoot Digital Camera

Do you find the manual that came with your new digital camera confusing?  Or maybe some of the pictures you have taken using its programmed or automatic mode did not turn out like you had hoped. Are you struggling a bit to understand or set all of those options you are presented with, let alone knowing how and when to use them? If so, then this may just be the class to help you get more from your digital camera. This is a hands-on course – your hands on your camera. Class size is purposely being kept small to maximize the benefit to you. For those of you who have DSLR cameras, you will probably find the advanced class better suited for your needs, especially if you have previously owned a simpler compact digital camera.

 Please note, there is an information sheet that lists what you should bring with you to class, and a couple of things you need to do prior to the first class meeting. You will be provided this information when you register in person. It is also available when you register online. Click here to view it now.

 Wednesdays 9:00-11:00 am, beginning Sept.16th (5 Meetings)

 Getting to Know Your Advanced Digital Camera

This class is designed for those people who have a digital SLR or a more advanced compact digital camera that allows the shutter speed and lens aperture to be selected manually. The exercises we do will focus on those features that are available on these more advanced cameras. We will begin using the automatic and programmed modes, but will then move on to the manual modes for more creative control of the image. This is a hands-on course – your hands on your camera. Class size is purposely being kept small to maximize the benefit to you. If you are brand new to digital photography, you may want to take the beginning camera class described above first.

 Please note, there is an information sheet that lists what you should bring with you to class, and a couple of things you need to do prior to the first class meeting. You will be provided this information when you register in person. It is also available when you register online. Click here to view it now.

 Wednesdays 9:00-11:00 am, beginning Oct. 21st (5 Meetings)

Until next time,

Don