Photo and Computer Clubs for 2014

In addition to seminars, which meet one to four times, we offer Clubs, which meet monthly or bi-monthly. Clubs can help you learn more about digital photography (taking, editing, sharing, being creative), create multi-media shows (with photos, videos, and music), get more out of your computers (Mac and Windows), and more (smart phones, brain fitness) in a fun and relaxed environment. Clubs have various prerequisites for computer and camera skills, which are described in the summaries below.

For the Photography Clubs, throughout the year, we have additional special learning and fun opportunities, such as Photo Scavenger Hunts, field trips, creativity seminars, special guest lecturers, and exhibits. We're proud of what our students are able to do and create. See some of the results on our Photo Clubs News page.

New for 2014: Meet-ups run by students looking for other fellow photographers to take field trips for the purpose of taking photos. The meet-ups will be free. Watch for the locations and times, which will vary, on our blog. If interested, leave a comment on the AGE Computer Lab Photography blog site agecomputerlab.blogspot.com or email director@agecomputer.org.

Newer for 2014: Fit Brains for Seniors Club. See details below.

Club Registration starts November 1 and is for one year. Each Club meets monthly or every other month on its designated day of the month and time. Enrollment in each club is limited to the available space in our computer lab. We also like to have a minimum number of enrolled students. If there are vacancies or openings in any club, you are welcome to join mid-year. Please call the office at 512-524-8519, Ext 232 for additional information.

The following clubs are offered. (If you would like to review 2013's clubs, click here: Photo Clubs and Computer Clubs.)

Club
Skill Meeting Day and Time
Beginner with Lightroom, Beginner to Intermediate computer skills 1st Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Intermediate to advanced, no coaches 2nd Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm. Full. No new enrollments except by special request. Contact Us.
Basic computer skills and basic internet skills. 2nd and 4th Monday of the month starting in February (except maybe July and August. Ask the instructor.) from 9:30 to 11:30 am. NO meetings on November 24 and December 22.
Advanced beginner 4th Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Have a Macintosh computer you can bring to class, and want to expand knowledge of using the computer more functionally and efficiently

Canceled due to low enrollment. 1st Tuesday, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Intermediate. Know basic functions of a Windows computer and want to expand knowledge of using the Internet more functionally and efficiently

2nd Tuesday, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Basic computer skills, a desire to pursue family history research, and some ancestors to research, a list of antecedents and/or a focused selection of familial lines. 3th Tuesday, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Intermediate computer skills, basic knowledge of digital photography 4th Tuesday, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Intermediate to advanced 1st Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Beginner. Own a smartphone that can take pictures and download apps. 2nd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm. Full. No new enrollments except by special request. Contact Us.
Beginner in digital photo software Canceled due to low enrollment. 3rd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm (January meeting is moved out one week)
Intermediate computer skills 4th Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm (January meeting is moved out one week)
Beginning computer skills 1st Thursday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm (January meeting is moved out one week)
Some experience with ProShow Gold 3th Thursday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm (even months: Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct. December was canceled (mutual agreement)

 

 

Adobe Lightroom Clubs

Schedule:

The Beginning club meets on the first Monday of each month, January through November, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.
The Advanced club meets on the second Monday of each month, January through November, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

The Beginning Club is for those who are new to the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom product and have beginning to intermediate computer skills. The Advanced club is for those who have Intermediate to Advanced Lightroom skills and do not need coaching with computer skills. Must own the Adobe Lightroom software or be interested in purchasing it.

Description:

Learn more about the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom product.

  • The Beginning Club is for those who are new to Lightroom. This Club has coaches.
  • The Intermediate/Advanced Club is for those who have had some experience and are at the Intermediate to Advanced levels. This Club does not have coaches.
  • Learn advanced photo editing
  • Learn about artistic effects, pre-sets, and additional plug-ins
  • Learn about enhancements beyond the basics
  • Learn to fix your photo the way your camera should have taken the picture
  • Use 3rd party software plug-ins to make Lightroom the full editor it was meant to be

Instructor:

Roberta


Fit Brains for Seniors Club

Schedule:

Meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month starting in February (ask the instructor about July and August) from 9:30 to 11:30 am. NO meetings on November 24 and December 22.

Fee:

$50/year

Prerequisites:

Basic computer skills and basic internet skills. A desire to improve one's cognitive abilities using various brain exercises.

Description:

Each meeting will consist of a 30-45 minute presentation on some facet of improving brain fitness, followed by open discussion and technical problem solving.

Students will use the computer based program BrainHQ by Posit Science. Students are expected to have access to this program away from the classroom.

Goals:

  • Improve participant's brain auditory processes (Listen Better)
  • Improve participant's visual processing (Observe Better)
  • Improve participant's short term and long term memory.
  • Improve participant's other cognitive functions.

Facilitator:

Kent Stewart


Corel Photo Editing Club

Schedule:

Meets on the fourth Monday of each month, January through November, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Advanced beginner, uses a variety of software for photo adjustments and effects

Description:

  • Learn basic skills to help you adjust, enhance, and repair your photos
  • Practice using layering to get a newer (better) sky, or to make improvement adjustments
  • There is an emphasis on applying computer skills to photography
  • Use several software programs to enhance and edit your photos with Adjustments and Effects
  • Your free software allows you to do some enhancements to the entire photo. More advanced software allows you to make enhancements to selected areas of a photo, such as a face in a shadow. It will also allow you to remove/add people and things from/to your photos.
  • The primary software used is Corel PaintShop Pro

Instructor:

Roberta


Macintosh Club

Schedule:

Canceled due to low enrollment. If interested in a future offering, please let us know at ACLCsenior@gmail.com. Meets on the first Tuesday of each month, February through December (initially it was January through November), from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Must be able to bring a Mac laptop to use in order to participate. Bring your own computer.

Description:

Each month's topics will vary, based on input from students and may include but not be limited to such things as:

  • Know your computer set up, how to find files, how to download applications
  • Answer YOUR questions - The class will be driven by participant's interests
  • Learn about the software that comes with the computer (iPhoto, iTunes, Garage Band, iMovie)
  • Work with photos to create projects.
  • Organize the files on your computer so that you can find everything.
  • Troubleshoot problems with your Mac.

Instructor:

Janice Friesen


PC A to Z Club

Schedule:

Meets the second Tuesday of each month, January through November, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

This club is for intermediate students who already know basic functions of a Windows computer and who want to expand their knowledge of using, maintaining, troubleshooting, and configuring their computer and the Internet, so that both can be used more functionally, efficiently, productively and enjoyably.

Description:

This is a combination of the 2013 "Know Your PC" and "Internet" Clubs. Each monthly session will feature one or more topics developed by the instructor or based on students' questions and requests. The club's purpose is to give you a better understanding of your computer and the Internet. The more you know about how to use and maintain your computer and the Internet, the more you will get out of it. Handouts will be available each month for use at home. All versions of Microsoft Windows are included.

Goals:

Each month's topics will vary, based on input and questions from students and may include, but not be limited to, such things as:

    • Computer and Internet configuration, and maintenance
    • Diagnosing and repairing problems
    • File and Folder management
    • Computer and Internet Security
    • Using applications such as Word, Photo Editing, eMail, etc.
    • Understanding web based vs. computer based client eMail accounts
    • Searching the Internet and understanding search Booleans and how to use them
    • Social Networking and Skyping
    • How to setup and adjust printer properties
    • Finding tutorials for almost any aspect of computering
    • Creating and using a home network

Instructor:

Rod H.


Genealogy Club

Schedule:

Meets on the third Tuesday of each month (January to November) from 9:30 to 11:30 am. There will be a make-up class on Dec 9, 10:00 to noon. Note that it now meets monthly, instead of every other month.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Basic computer skills. A desire to pursue family history research. A list of antecedents and/or a focused selection of familial lines.

Description:

Each meeting will consist of a 30-45 minute presentation on a particular facet of genealogy, followed by open discussion and problem solving. We will use computers to learn to use and to use the resources available on the Internet, as well as genealogy software.

Goals:

  • Gain an understanding of the basics of genealogical research, evidence, and documents management
  • Learn how to use genealogy software
  • Explore opportunities for family history publication
  • Provide a forum for people actively pursuing family history research

Facilitator:

Dianne K. H.


Adobe Photoshop Elements Club

Schedule:

Meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through November, from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Intermediate computer skills using a Windows PC. Know how to open and close programs as well as save, save as, and organize files. You should have a basic understanding of some photo terms and file formats. This is not a photography club, but rather what to do with photos once you have them.

Description:

The student will learn how to edit, enhance, creatively combine, organize and create various output products with photos using the powerful Adobe®Photoshop®Elements program. Handouts will be available for use at home. Note: Photoshop® Elements Version 9.0 is used in the classroom.

Goals:

  • Learn how to use the various editing tools and change the tool's parameters in the option bar.
  • Learn how to edit photos; i.e. enhancing light and color, restoring, straightening, cropping, resizing, etc. using Full Edit, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit
  • Learn how to create the many output products that are available; i.e. printing, albums, DVD, CD, Web photo shows, etc.
  • Learn the powerful use of layers in Photoshop Elements:
    • Blending Modes
    • Layer Masks
    • Clipping Masks
    • Adjustment Layers
    • Opacity
  • Learn to use and add plug-ins for added special effects.
  • Introduction to the Photo Organizer that is included in Photoshop Elements

Instructor:

Rod H.


ProShow Producer Club

Schedule:

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month, January through November, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Note one exception: since New Year's Day is on a Wednesday, the January meeting of this club will be on the second Wednesday.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Intermediate computer skills.

Description:

  • Learn the basics of ProShow Producer from Photodex, including keyframing, transitions and slide styles.
  • Learn the basics of audio and sound timing.
  • Video out of your camera and as clip art will be used.

Instructor:

Roberta


Smartphonology Club

Schedule:

Meets on the second Wednesday of each month, January through November, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Note one exception: since New Year's Day is on a Wednesday, the January meeting of this club will be on the third Wednesday.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Beginner skills. Own a smartphone that is capable of taking photos and downloading apps either from iTunes or the Google Play Store.
It must have a wireless connection capability.
The club is open to either platform, meaning Apple or Android operating systems, on the phones.

Description:

Get more out of your smartphone or tablet by learning about new and fun apps for photos.

  • 225 million smartphones were sold worldwide in three months compared to just 76 million computers.
  • Learn the basics of photo taking on the phone or tablet
  • Must bring smartphone to every class, charged, and with the cable cord.
  • This is NOT a class in how your phone works. Each phone is unique with model and carrier. It is a class in finding the best apps that work on both platforms, tips in taking the photos themselves, and where to store them afterwards.
  • Learn what the menu, the function and the scene modes mean of several photo appps.
  • When applicable, we will actually be practicing taking photos in a variety of situations.

Instructor:

Roberta


Picasa and Photoscape Photo Club

Schedule:

Canceled due to low enrollment. If interested in a future offering, please let us know at ACLCsenior@gmail.com. Meets on the third Wednesday, January through November, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Note one exception: since New Year's Day is on a Wednesday, the January meeting of this club will be on the fourth Wednesday.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Beginner computer skills and some camera skills. Obtain a Gmail account.

Description:

  • Learn how to use the camera and how to download photos.
  • Get basic skills on adjusting photos.
  • Get additional help on camera settings.
  • Emphasis on improving computer skills for photography
  • Uses several software programs that are owned by Google, including Picasa and Photoscape

Instructor:

Cheryl


Corel Layers Photo Club

Schedule:

Meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through November, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Note one exception: since New Year's Day is on a Wednesday, the January meeting of this club will be on the fifth Wednesday.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Intermediate computer skills.

Description:

  • Learn how using layers with Corel PaintShop Pro to edit can be fun and not as hard as you might think they are
  • Learn fine tuning adjustments of layers and effects on photos
  • Perform some artwork on photos
  • Incorporates all things layered: text, frames, tubes (decorating), scrapbooking, masks, etc.
  • Use Corel PaintShop Pro's layering functions
  • Learn about raster and vector layers
  • No camera instruction

Instructor:

Roberta


ProShow Producer Beginning Club

Schedule:

Meets on the first Thursday of each month, January through November, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Exception: In January, the club will meet on the second Thursday, January 9, because of the holiday week.

Fee:

$70

Prerequisites:

Intermediate computer skills.

Description:

ProShow Producer is a product created by Photodex that gives you the tools to build professional-looking multi-media shows with photos, video, music, transitions, and special effects. In this club, you will:

  • Learn the basics of ProShow Producer with keyframing, transitions, and slide styles.
  • Learn the basics of audio and sound trimming
  • Learn how to use the video out of your camera
  • Learn how to use clip art

Instructor:

Gordon


ProShow Gold Club

Schedule:

Meets on the third Thursday in even-numbered months, February, April, June, August, October, and December (December was canceled by mutual agreement), from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.

Fee:

$50

Prerequisites:

You should be familiar with ProShow Gold. This is not a beginner's club. We will focus on a feature of Proshow Gold in depth during the monthly meetings. You do not need to own the software that will be used in the seminar, Photodex ProShow Gold, version 5.0. This is NOT a beginner's class in the basic use of the computer.

Description:

  • This is a club for Photodex ProShow Gold students to improve and practice some of the tools and tricks employed in creating an effective show with photos and music.
  • Each month we will focus on particular skills: layers, audio, video, and final presentation in various formats.
  • We will provide photos, videos, and music, for you to use so that you can learn the advanced features of the program and create a complete show.
  • You will learn how to create a multi-media show using the advanced features of ProShow Gold, including layers, voice recording, slide options, background changes, copying to the next slide, color changes, uploading to the Web for sharing online, and caption motions.
  • You will learn how to create a multi-media show that includes video, photographs, transitions, music, titles, and voice-overs. This seminar includes combining video clips, photographs, and graphics with the addition of music, titles, and transitions to create an entertaining show that you can burn to a CD or DVD for viewing on a computer or a television.

Goals:

  • Make a show in ProShow Gold
  • Learn the advanced features and procedures of using the ProShow Gold video/photo editing program.
  • Import photographs, graphics, and music into the show.
  • Add zoom and pan effects to photos.
  • Add music and edit for fades and timing to the show.
  • Add titles to the show and edit them.
  • Add transitions and learn how to control them from one visual segment to the next.
  • Understand the steps in creating a DVD.
  • Get introduced to the process of burning the final show onto a DVD.

Instructor:

Gordon





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