Lightroom 5 Class Starts January 8th

Are the photos stared on your computer getting out of hand to the point where you cannot find the particular one you are looking for without a lot of hassle?

Are you a currently using of Photoshop Elements, but have never really used its Organizer?

Are you a current Photoshop user, and find that you need something beyond Bridge to manage the hundreds or thousands of images you have accumulated on your computer?

Have you tried using Lightroom, but find it a bit overwhelming to get started with it?

If any of these apply to you, the Lightroom 5 class I’ll be teaching at the Torrance Adult School, should really help you.

Click on the link below to watch a short video describing the upcoming class.

Go to the Torrance Adult School website to register for the class.



Levels – Still a Valuable Photoshop Command

The Levels command has always been a primary command in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Many new commands and methods for adjusting the exposure, contrast, and color of an image have been added over the years. As the article below from DPS demonstrates, Levels still serves as a quick way to adjust and correct your photos. It is generally my go-to command when I edit JPEG images.

Do you still use Levels?

Phantom 2 Vision+ — My First Autonomous Flight

A few days ago I accomplished my first totally autonomous flight with my DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter.

Everything work as advertised, but it was scary to watch my $1300 drone sail off into the distance and becoming a little more than a speck in the sky.

The Phantom has a mode where you enter a series of waypoints on the map, and specify what altitude you want to be at over each point. Once you press Go on your iPhone/iPad app, the motors start and Phantom takes off on the defined mission.

For my first flight I entered only two waypoints. The altitude was set at 98 ft automatically. Regardless of the number you put in, the last one is the takeoff location.

Please Note: I just discovered that to ply the video properly, you must click on the YouTube button, rather than the large Play arrow/

There were several lessons learned from this first flight that I will heed in the future.