Microsoft Movie Maker 2012 Class


Hi Everyone,

Time is running out to sign up for the Microsoft Movie Maker 2012 class I will be teaching at Torrance, beginning Tuesday, Feb 10th at 10:00am.

The class is a bit low on registrations, and will no doubt be cancelled if additional students are not registered.

Movie Maker 2012 is a free program from Microsoft that will help you turn those quick videos clips from your cell phone or camera into something special. See the description below.

Email me if you have any questions.

Using Microsoft’s Free Movie Maker 2012 Video Editor

Are you finding that you are taking more and more videos with your camera or smart phone? Would you like to combine these videos into a multi-media presentation, including menus and special effects that you can share with family and friends? Or do you just want to learn about video editing? In any case, this class is for you.

Microsoft’s Movie Maker 2012 is available as a free download. You will learn how to combine a series of your photos and video clips to produce a movie that can be shared with family and friends. You will learn how to edit the video clips, add background music, add special effects and titles, and finally produce the finished movie. Your finished movie will also be output to a DVD for playing on a TV or uploaded to YouTube. This is an excellent course for you, if you are just beginning to explore digital video editing and production.

Tuesdays 10:00-12:00 pm beginning February 10th for 5 Meetings (Griffith)

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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.

 

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.

Photoshop CS5 and Camera RAW Class Preview


One of the classes I’m teaching this fall at Torrance is Photoshop CS5 and Camera RAW. The video here is a preview of how the class will work and what we will be covering.

PS CS5 Prev Screen

I experimented with a Microsoft PowerPoint add-in tool called Mix to make the video. Using it I inserted a video of me in the corner as I’m presenting the slides. Aren’t you lucky. 🙂

Even though CS5 is not the latest version of Photoshop, it still has some very powerful photo editing tools and provides a great foundation for learning the basics of the program.

The class starts on Thursday, September 11th from 5:30-7:30 pm. I hope to see you in class.

Also, if you have not filled out the survey I posted, please do. It will give me a good idea of just what classes you would be interested in taking, either in a classroom environment or online. Thanks so much.

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!

AppTipSheet for iPad/iPhone FILMiC App


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This fall I will be teaching the iPad for Photography class at Torrance on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm beginning September 9th. To begin with, the class is not just for iPad users. Anyone who owns an iPhone will benefit equally from taking this class.

You do not have to be an expert in using your iPad/iPhone, but you do need know the basics. If you are brand new to your device, the Torrance iPad 101 class is for you.

This class will focus on how to make the best pictures and videos you can using the excellent camera that comes with the iPad/iPhone. As good as the Photos and Camera apps Apple provides are, there are third party apps that go beyond what these apps are capable of.

One such app that I will likely be covering is called FILMiC Pro. It is a very low cost, and yet feature-packed video camcorder. This is just one of the many apps we will cover during the course. I have put together an AppTipSheet that gives you some idea of what this app is capable of doing.

Click on the link below to view the PDF version of this tip sheet.

AppTipSheet FILMiC Pro

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below in the reply section. Also, if you are a member of Facebook, and if you found the tip sheet or this post helpful and want to see more like it, please click on the Like button.

Thank you.

Fall Digital Photography Classes


 

I know my schedule for the digital photography and iPad classes I will be teaching this fall. To see the classes I will be teaching at the South Bay Adult School, click on the figure below..

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For those I will be teaching at Torrance, click on the figure below.

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Both Schools should have their catalogs mailed  their online registration open in August.