2017 ODP Championship


A few months ago, Lucy’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) team representing Southern California won the Western Regional Championship tournament in Phoenix AZ.

The link is to a short presentation summarizing Lucy’s play. It was put together using Adobe’s Spark program. This app is easy to use, runs on your smart phone or tablet, and is free.

Sample Adobe Spark Presentation

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Upload a Photo to Dropbox Directly From Your iPads Photos App


In this short video, I demonstrate how to upload a single image to Dropbox from within your iPad/iPhone Photos app. True it is limited, but often that is all you need to do.

There is an alternate approach where you start from within the Dropbox app. It allows you to select multiple images and upload them at one time to Dropbox. I will cover that in another video.

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New Drive-Lapse


I am still experimenting with time lapse videos. This one was taken with my iPhone 6 using its standard video mode. I then used Premiere Elements 14 to speed up the video by a factor of four.

I have experimented with the iPhone’s Time-Lapse mode for this type of time-lapse video, but the resulting video is too jerky, even when you slow it down. However, I really like it for scenes like moving clouds etc.

Here is the link to the video.

Winter iPad and Photoshop Classes


Both the South Bay Adult School (SBAS) and the Torrance Adult School (TAS) have mailed their catalogs for the Winter term which starts  January 5th. Online registration for the classes will start shortly.

I have updated my descriptions and schedule for the classes I will be teaching this winter.

To see the classes I will be teaching at each school, click on the respective links below.

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Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you have any questions regarding the classes.

iPad/iPhone iOS 7 Camera AppTipSheet


ios 7 camera screenWhen Apple introduced iOS 7, they made several improvements to the standard Camera app. This AppTipSheet will get you started using the new app. There is a lot more to it than pressing the button and snapping a picture. It is well worth exploring some of the other features.

But don’t get too comfortable. iOS 8 is come before long and is said to provide even more new features.

 

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Fall Class Reminder and Short Survey


The summer is going by far too quickly. The fall term will be starting before you know it. Both the Torrance Adult School and the South Bay Adult School will be mailing their catalogs and opening their online registration very soon. The fall term starts on September 8th for both schools.

I have the description and schedule for the classes I will be teaching this fall posted on my website. You can see them by clicking on the links below.

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Torrance Adult School

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South Bay Adult School

As always, the technology continues to change which creates new challenges but also new opportunities for learning. Below I have included a short survey that will help me determine just what subjects you would like to see classes offered either at one of the schools, as well as PVNET.

Also, let me know if you are interested in taking an online class similar to those I now teach in adult education. An online class actually allows more opportunities for me to interact with you and provide personal feedback than is often possible in a classroom situation.

As a reminder, my classes cover of digital photography in general, including, using your camera, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop, Lightroom, and video editing with Movie Maker, and other programs.  Additionally, I teach basic iPad/iPhone classes, as well as those focused on using these devices to enhance your photography and the images they capture.

For those of you who have thought about learning Photoshop and/or Lightroom, but have not taken that step due to the high cost, now may be the time. You can rent the latest versions of both Lightroom, and Photoshop for $9.99 per month. In fact, that is the only way you can get Photoshop anymore. Additionally, both programs are updated multiple times per year adding new features. This is something to think about as you complete the survey below.

One final thought. Adult school budgets continue to by very tight. They simply cannot keep up with the latest software updates. As I hope you know, one way I have been trying to deal with this is to teach classes, like Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, using a laptop. These classes do require you to have the applicable software on your laptop, which for many of you is the case anyway.

So far, I have taught these laptop classes only at PVNET. However, I understand that Torrance is going to be setting up a classroom specifically for this type of class for the winter term. That will open up a lot of new opportunities there.

Ok, the survey is below. It is short. I would really appreciate it if you would take the minute or two it takes to complete it. Thanks a lot!