AppTip Video – Rip Music From a CD


Certainly this is nothing new, but you may find it useful if you have a memory like I do – poor.

Have you been in the middle of preparing a slideshow or similar project and needed to add some background music from a CD you? You know you can do it, in fact you have done it before – months ago. That is exactly what happened to me.

Because it had been so long since I had ripped music from a CD, I had forgotten how to get started and a couple of key steps. As I was doing this, I thought maybe there are others out there who follow my blog, and may want a quick review.

Below is  video that reviews how to rip music using Windows Media Player.

I hoped you found the video helpful.

Until next time…

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Refocusing My Blog


I have been continuing to post topics here that interest me and are generally related to my prime hobby of digital photography/video. I also write about related topics that I hope you find interesting and useful. For example, I have had a drone for sometime now. I bought my first drone primarily to explore my photography.

Vert Pan 1 ON1 HDR Glow Landscape.jpg

I looked at my About page, as well as other pages and links here and found many had outgrown their relevance. So I have started by updating my About page today to align it more closely to what I am doing now. In the coming weeks and months, I will be updating  both my blog and my website, www.dons-digital-photo-corner.com.

Take a look at my new About page –  until next time.

Applying Photoshop CC Watercolor Painting Technique Using Elements


One of the advantages of using the Photo Editor expert mode in Photoshop Elements is that Elements is based on th same engine as used in Photoshop CC. This is quite evident once you get into the dialogs for specific commands and tools.

This post links to an AppTip Sheet that clearly illustrates this by applying a watercolor effect to a photo. This effect starts with applying the Watercolor filter, but goes well beyond this simple effect,

I learned the technique from an article by Colin Smith of Photoshop Cafe. He explains his technique using Photoshop CC. However, it uses the commands and tools that have long been a part of Photoshop.

I was able to apply the same technique in PSE 2018 with only a couple of modifications. My AppTip Sheet breaks with my usual practice and topics for these tip sheets. The technique involves many steps, and this the TipSheet is much longer than normal.

This technique allows for wide range of customization in the settings as you apply the steps. Below shows the before and after for the photo and settings I chose.

Paige + Scot PS Watercolor

Here is the link to the AppTip Sheet.

Try this out and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Until next time…

Using Actions in Photoshop Elements 2018


One of the capabilities the Photo Editor has had for a long time is the ability to play Photoshop Actions.

An Action is similar to a macro in Excel or Word that will complete a series of steps or commands automatically, once started from a single click of the mouse. Using Actions can greatly increase the speed of performing tasks that take multiple steps and are something  you do repeatedly while editing a photo.

However, Elements cannot write Actions. The Action must be created using Photoshop CC, and then saved. Additionally, the Action cannot contain any commands that are not in PSE, or used by it internally.

Actions Dialog

The link below is to an AppTip Sheet that provides an introduction to using Actions in PSE 2018. The process is similar to earlier versions. It used to be a Guided Edit in an earlier version of PSE.

Action Eg

In my next post I will cover how to download, install, and run an Action written by a third party, of which there are hundreds of free ones online.

Until next time…

Photos that Come Alive with Your iPhone


I am not sure about you, but I really do not take advantage of all of the capabilities that are built into my iPhone 7+ camera and its app. I generally just take a quick snapshot and that’s it. I have never even knowingly used its Live Photo feature.

The other day, I came across a tutorial that thoroughly explains how to take, edit, and share Live photos. These end up being short 3-second videos, centered about the instant you take the photo. One of the first things I learned was that I had unknowingly taken several Live Photos. They are automatically added to an Album on my iPhone Photos app, called Live Photos.

The tutorial was posted by Kate Wesson way back in October, but I just discovered it. It is available from this link.

iPhone Photography School.com

Live Photos

So if you want to know how thoroughly understand everything you can do with Live Photos, check out this tutorial. The iPhone Photography School has many other tutorials on how to be a better photographer using your iPhone.

Until next time…