Facebook No Longer Supports Direct Uploads From Photoshop Elements

Since the first of August, Facebook does not allow you to upload pictures directly from desktop photo editing programs such as Photoshop Elements. Photoshop Elements could previously upload photos to Facebook from its Organizer, by clicking on Share > Facebook, as illustrated in the figure below.

 Share to FB

 Since August 1st, when you do that, you are greeted with the error message below.

FB Upload Error

Clicking on Continue, the following message appears.

 Not Logged in FB

This change affects only desktop applications. Uploading photos and videos from smartphones and tablets are not affected by this new restriction.

Click on the link below to learn more about this change by Facebook. It is unclear whether Facebook will once again be available from Elements in the future.

Learn More

So, for the foreseeable future, you will need to do it directly from Facebook, navigating to the physical location on your computer where the photo is located.  My general approach is to export the photo to a special folder on my desktop, and then direct Facebook to that location. I clean out the folder periodically, since once the photo is uploaded, I no longer need a copy in this special folder.  

Until next time...


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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Photoshop Elements Keeps Track How You’ve Shared Your Photos

I’m sure you are aware that Photoshop Elements makes it easy for you to share your photos and videos with Facebook and other popular social networks. Most likely you have used this feature a lot. But do you know you can also see which photos you have shared and to whom?

This information is displayed in the History section of the Organizer’s Information tab as shown in the figure below. When you print, email or export a photo is also shown in this section.

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Follow Me On Pinterest

I’ve recently started using Pinterest as a quick and effective way to share with my followers there links to websites, videos, images etc that I have found interesting and helpful. It’s much faster to add a pin to one of my boards than it is for me to write a blog post or post the link on my Facebook page. And one of the nice things about it is you do not have to be a member to use it. But I believe you have to be a member to follow someone, but it’s easy and free to join.

Pinterest is relatively new but is growing very rapidly. It’s basically a very visually oriented search site and the links are images generally from the pinned website. I basically just started using it. I have set up five boards so far, as you can see from the figure below. I even have a board that links back to content from my own website. However, most of my boards and their links go to web pages that I have found very helpful. It’s kind of visual version of my Favorites or Bookmarks.


I’m still learning the subtle ways to use Pinterest. For example I do not know exactly what re-pinning is all about. To check out my Pinterest site, go to www.pinterest.com/don26812. You’ll find I have pinned this blog post there.

Let me know what you think, ok.

My Fall 2012 Digital Photography Classes

I have my schedule for the digital photography classes I’ll be teaching this fall. Actually, I will also be teaching a basic iPad class for PV NET this September. Although it is not strictly a digital photography class, we will look at some of camera and editing apps in the course.

I will again be teaching a basic Photoshop class for Torrance. This time around, I will be covering additional topics on processing camera RAW images using the Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) editor. We will again be using CS5.

The camera classes at both Torrance and the South Bay Adult School will return to their original format of one class dedicated to the compact or simpler cameras and the other class focusing on using digital SLRs or the more advanced cameras.

I will be teaching an Advanced Photo Editing class at both the South Bay Adult School and Torrance. This term I am also broadening the photo organizing class I will be teach at Torrance to include other topics that someone just beginning to get into digital photography needs to know.

Ok, here are the links to the schedule and class descriptions for the classes I will be teaching come September. The term for all of the schools begins on  September 10th. On-line registration and sign-ups for the fall term should be available very soon.

PV NET – http://dons-digital-photo-corner.com/digital-photo-classes/pv-net-digital-photo-classes/

South Bay Adult School – http://dons-digital-photo-corner.com/digital-photo-classes/south-bay-adult-school-classes/

Torrance – http://dons-digital-photo-corner.com/digital-photo-classes/torrance-digital-photo-classes-spring-2011/

If you do not want to copy/paste the link, you can just go to my web site www.donstouder.com and follow the applicable links from there.

If you are following my blog, you know that my Photoshop Elements Organizer eBook is now available on Amazon for both the Kindle and iPad. You can find out more about it by clicking here – http://dons-digital-photo-corner.com/photoshop-elements-the-organizer-ebook/

You can now follow me on Facebook. You can click the link below or go to the Facebook button in the upper right corner of my blog page. And while you are there, please LIKE me. Thanks a lot.


Finally, I have discovered Pinterest, which is a clever way to provide visual links to just about anything on the web. I’m using it to spread the word about web sites, tutorials, and videos that I have found valuable, as well as those I have created myself. I’ve started a Board on camera tips, Photoshop, and one linking to tutorials etc from my web site. I’m just getting started and learning about Pinterest, but I will be posting more and more links here as time goes by. Check it out.


Well that about does it. Enjoy the summer. I hope to see you in a class this fall. Please follow me on Facebook, my blog, and check me out on Pinterest.

And thank so much for all of the support you shown me over the years.

Are Your Home Recorded CDs Going Bad?

Like many of you, I have been archiving data and photos on CDRs and DVDs for many years now. True, I currently back up my photos onto external hard drives. But back-ups are a snapshot in time of what your data or photo collection looks like. The longer a single back-up exists, the less valuable it becomes, because as time goes on, the data or photos that are on that backup do not represent the current state of your data or photo collection. That is why we do periodic back-ups. But this article is not about back-ups.

When we archive data or photos our intention is often to move it off of our active storage devices and put it somewhere for safe keeping or to bring back selected items occasionally as needed. Currently, my archive media of choice is CDRs and DVDs that I recorded many years ago in some cases. I know that these CDRs and DVDs do not have an infinite lifespan. To be honest, I am not sure what the current predicted lifespan estimates are. It depends on how well they were recorded, stored, and the quality of the blank that was used to record the data. This brings me to what I just experienced.

Audio MP3 Files

Several months ago, I upgraded my car stereo system with a unit that can play MP3 and other audio formats that have been written to a CDR as data. My earlier car stereo could only play audio CDs. So for many years as I downloaded MP3 audio files I made audio CDs. But I also archived the MP3 files on CDRs. The big difference here is that typically an audio CD held anywhere from 20-25 songs, depending upon there length. But my archive CDRs could hold several times that number. Now I could play one of my archive CDRs directly in my car.

Well, the other day I loaded one of these archive CDRs, and initially it played well in my car. This particular CDR was made on 12-31-1999. After playing through several songs the first thing I noticed was that occasionally the music would stop for a second and pick up again without skipping a note it appeared. As the CDR progressed through the large number of songs, I noticed it was skipping 4-5 songs at a time. It finally played to the end, but had skipped many songs.

Today, I decided to see if I could salvage the the CDR. I use Nero to duplicate CDs and DVDs. On one of my computers, I have two drives. The first CD compatible drive had trouble reading the CDR. I put it in the other drive and I appear to have made a valid copy without any errors. I will now go and try to play it on my car stereo all the way through. Hopefully, I indeed got a good copy. If it is still bad, I am not too worried. I have audio CDs for all of the songs, and I still have the MP3 files on my computer as well. By the way, I use Photoshop Elements to manage my music files in a separate Catalog from my photos. I then back them up repeatedly with PSE’s Back-up command.

To be honest I have no idea whether my archive CDR went bad, or whether it was bad from day one. I do know two things, however. The CDR recording software/hardware we had back then was not nearly as good as we have today. Also, this particular CDR had a paper label on it, which I now know is a no-no. But, I am now going play all of my archive audio CDs in my car to check to see if others suffer from the same problem. Once that is done, I will probably copy them on to a new CDR, so I can start their lifespan clock all over.

I took a quick look of my Favorites websites and came acrossthis article that was written in 2006. It might be worth a read.

I’ll keep you posted on what I find as I go through my archived MP3 data CDRs.

Leave a comment and let me know what experiences you have had with CDRs and DVDs recorded some time ago.

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Upcoming PV NET Video Editing Class Preview

If you would like to find out more about the video editing class I will be teaching for PV NET starting May 3rd, checkout the video I posted on YouTube.


To register for the class, CLICK HERE.

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Reducing Chromatic Noise in Photoshop

When you use higher ISOs in your camera or employ very long shutter speeds, the electrical noise generated by the camera becomes visible. In many respects this is very similar to the grain we saw using high speed films in conventional cameras.

There are two types of electrical noise you may see in your images, mono-chromatic noise, and chromatic noise. Mono-chromatic noise is visible as black and white speckles in your image, whereas chromatic noise are the multiple-color spots.

Basically all noise reduction software and techniques use some sort of blurring to reduce the visibility of the noise. But they generally come with a price. There can be a loss of sharpness. Reducing mono-chromatic noise is more of a challenge that reducing chromatic noise.

The article linked below describes how to use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to easily reduce any chromatic noise in your image without compromising its sharpness. The article was published on www.digitalphotopro.com and was written by  John Paul Caponigro.


The next time you have one of your night shots taken with a long shutter speed or had to push your ISO to the upper boundaries of your camera’s capabilities, try this technique. Remember it’s targeting the chromatic noise in your image.

Leave a comment and let me know how it worked for you.

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I Need Your Help

Facebook is redesigning what they call their Fan pages. I am in the process of modifying my page to take advantage of all of the features. I would really appreciate it if you would  click on the link in the upper right hand corner of this page where it says “Don’s Digital Photo Corner”.  That is a link to my current Facebook Fan Page. If you are a member of Facebook, I would really appreciate you clicking on the Like button you see there.

To take full advantage of all of the existing and new features Facebook provides, I need a certain number of people who like my page.

Thanks lot a lot. I really appreciate it.