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.

PSE 12 Does Not Always Display Events Dates – Easy to Fix Though

I have been a long-time user of Photoshop Elements, upgrading with each and every version since the original PSE. I’m also a big user of its Organizer.

Like many people, it took me awhile to become comfortable with the new interface and associated workflows introduced in PSE 11.

One of my favorite improvements added in PSE 12, was the addition and handling of the  Events and Places to the Task Panel on the right, as had been done with People in PSE 11. Now I can easily add new Events (and Places) using the new workspaces at the top of window, or continue to add them via the tagging process I have been using for over a decade.

My large Catalog (currently 41K items) was converted from version to version, essentially automatically, as I installed a new PSE version.

Now, I generally add new Events via the Events button at the bottom of the Organizer’s screen. Doing this works as expected.

My 250+ existing Events were converted from my PSE 11 Catalog and added to both the Events workspace and the Events Tags in the right panel   when I installed PSE 12.

After quickly checking the Catalog conversion after installing PSE 12, I did not use the Events workspace to view existing events, instead finding/viewing them from the Events Tags panel in on the right.

At some point, I noticed that my Events as viewed from the Events workspace  at the top of the screen showed Unknown Date instead of the actual Event date, even though each photo was labeled with the shot date. This is illustrated in the figure below.

Cropped No Event Dates

On the other hand, Events added via the Events workspace, sometimes referred to as the Events environment, were labeled properly.

But the fix is easy if not obvious – at least to me.

  1. Right click on an unexpanded Event in the Event workspace that shows the Undated label.
  2. Select the Edit option in the popup context sensitive menu.
  3. Note the Event’s dates are shown in the edit dialog box.
  4. Click OK

Now the proper dates for the Event are shown.

Events Date Corrected

Lightroom 5 Level 1 at PVNET Class Starts This Friday

The four-week Lightroom 5 Level 1 class starts this Friday evening, March 7th. If you are not sure what Lightroom is or does, watch the short video below.

You can register for the class by clicking on the link below, and then scrolling down to the Lightroom 5 class. Seating is limited. Don’t be left out.