New PV NET Digital Photography Class Starting March 7th


I have a new class starting for PV NET beginning Monday, March 7th from 1:00-3:00 pm for five sessions. The class is titled, “Introduction to Digital

Photography – The Basics”. This is the first class I will be teaching on Monday afternoons for PV NET. Here are the main topics we will be covering:

Session 1 – Take a series of pictures and then upload them to the PVNET computers.

Session 2 – Use Photoshop Elements 8 to organize/find your pictures quickly.

Session 3 – Use Photoshop Elements 8 to quickly enhance your photos.

Session 4 – Make a simple slide show using Photoshop Elements 8.

Session 5 –   Learn how to email your photos from Photoshop Elements 8.

Each one of the sessions will be a basic introduction to the topic that will allow you to get started enjoying the photos you have taken with your digital camera. The neat thing about the class is that you will be using your own photos taken during Session 1. PV NET overlooks Point Vicente and has a great view of Catalina, so make sure you bring your camera to the first day of class.

I suspect that for most readers of my blog, this class may be too basic. If that is the case, please pass on this information to a friend who is just starting to explore digital photography. If you have taken one of my classes in the past, you may still want to take this course. It will provide an excellent way to review some of the key topics.

To register CLICK HERE and follow the link or you can email/call Emily Chen directly at emilyc@palosverdes.com  or 310 544-5395.

Remember bring your camera and cable/card reader to the first day of class. We will be taking pictures.

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Available Spots Still Available for SBAS Camera Class


There is still room in the “Using Your Digital Camera “ class that starts this coming Wednesday, February 16th, 9:00 am, at the South Bay Adult School. If you want to learn how to use the various features of your camera rather than keeping it on automatic, this is the class for you. The class is intended for students with a compact digital camera or a digital SLR. It also includes a basic introduction to using Photoshop Elements 8 , as you will be uploading your photos taken in class each week. Bring your camera Wednesday morning. First-day walk-ins are welcome.

CLICK HERE to register online for the class or call SBAS at 310-937-3340.

See you Wednesday morning.

Windows 101 Video Tutorial


This is a test to see how to embed a YouTube video in my blog.

The tutorial is a brief and basic demonstration of using Windows Explorer as implemented in Vista. However, the commands  and screens are almost identical for Windows 7 and very similar to those you see once you are inside Windows Explorer in Windows XP. By no means is it a complete tour of Windows Explorer. However, it should help you quickly review some of the basics dealing with folders and files that you earned in a basic Windows class.

There are actually two videos, Part 1 and Part 2. The tutorial was slightly longer than the 15 minute limit on YouTube, so I had to break it up.

The video itself is posted on my new YouTube channel, DonsDigitalFotoCrnr. You can view it there are directly from this page. It may be somewhat small here, but you can click on the expand button to see it full screen. It will not be very sharp viewing in the full screen mode, since the video is only started out as a 800×600 screen capture. Viewing it directly from the YouTube site probably provides the best quality.

Here is Part 1

Here is Part 2

Also, if you go to the YouTube site to watch the video, I would appreciate it if you would click on the Like/Dislike button. Actually I would rather you click on the Like button. Also, there is a place to leave comments. Please do so, if there is something like to say or ask.

Please rate this post using the icon provided for that near the top of the post. Finally, please post a comment here to let me know if posting video tutorials directly here rather than simply a link is better.