Photo and Computer Clubs for 2015

Clubs meet monthly and can help you learn more about specific areas of interest, such as digital photography (taking, editing, sharing, creativity), multi-media shows (photos, videos, and music), computers "A to Z", smart phones, and your brain, all in a fun and relaxed environment. The Photo Clubs have additional special learning and fun opportunities throughout the year, such as Photo Scavenger Hunts, field trips, creativity seminars, guest instructors, and exhibits. Clubs have some prerequisites for computer and camera skills, as described in the summaries below.

Club Registration starts Monday, November 3, 2014. Each Club meets monthly January through November on its designated day of the month and time, unless specified otherwise. In December, there is an end of the year "party." 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 for additional information.

The following clubs are offered:

Club
Skill When, January - November Instructor
On1 Club (new, starting in July)
Hands-on class using the On1 software photography suite. 5 meetings. Starts Wednesday , July 29, 1-3:30. other dates will be announced. Roberta
Beginner with Lightroom. Beginning to Intermediate computer skills. 1st Tuesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta
Intermediate to advanced Lightroom. Do not need coach for computer tasks. 2nd Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta
Adobe Photoshop Elements Club (Beginning & Experienced merged)
Beginning or Intermediate computer skills, basic knowledge of digital photography 4th Tuesday, 10:00 - noon Rod
Experienced beginner 3rd Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 Cheryl
Intermediate skills 4rd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta
Brain Fitness for Seniors Club (Beginning & Experienced merged)
Basic computer skills and basic internet skills 4th Monday, 10:00 - noon
Daffnes, Margaret
Genealogy Club is Full. Enrollment closed.
Basic computer skills and a desire to pursue family history research 3th Tuesday, 10:00 - noon Dianne
PC A to Z Club is Full. Enrollment closed.
Intermediate. Know basic functions of a Windows computer and want to expand knowledge of using the Internet functionally and efficiently

2nd Tuesday, 10:00 - noon

Rod
Intermediate skills 3rd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta
ProShow Gold Club has been canceled. We recommend the Producer club.
Some experience with ProShow Gold 3th Thursday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm, even months: Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct, Dec Gordon
Beginning computer skills 1st Thursday, 1:00 - 3:30, except January, when it meets on the 19th at 10 am. Gordon
Intermediate to advanced 1st Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta
Beginner. Own an Apple or Android smartphone that can take pictures and download apps. 2nd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta

 

Another view, sorted by week:

Club
When
1st Tuesday, 1:00 - 3:30
1st Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30
1st Thursday, 1:00 - 3:30
   
2nd Monday, 1:00 - 3:30
2nd Tuesday, 10:00 - noon
2nd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30
   
3rd Monday, 1:00 - 3:30
3th Tuesday, 10:00 - noon
3rd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30
  
4th Monday, 10:00 - noon
4th Tuesday, 10:00 - noon
4th Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30
check with instructor

 

on1 Club

Description:

For information about this new club, click on this link: on1 Club Description.


Adobe Lightroom Clubs

Schedule:

The Beginning club meets on the first Tuesday of each month, January through November, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.
The Experienced 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 Experienced 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 Begining Club will cover the basics of Lightroom from importing, keywording, to workflow procedures, and develop modes etc.
  • Learn to fix your photo the way your camera should have taken the picture
  • The Experienced 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

Instructor:

Roberta


Adobe Photoshop Elements Club

Schedule:

Meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through November, from 10:00 am to noon.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

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

Description:

This club is a combination of the Beginning and Experienced Clubs. 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 12.0 is used in the classroom, but functions are mostly the same for Versions 9, 10, 11, and 12.

Goals:

  • Since this club is a combination of Beginning and Experienced students, we will start the year with the following goals:
    • Learn the layout of Photoshop Elements and its palettes and setting preferences
    • Learn how to use the various editing tools and change the tool's parameters in the option bar
    • Learn the various methods to select specific parts of a photo for editing
    • 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 output products that are available. i.e. printing, albums, DVD, CD, Web photo shows, sharing photos, etc.
    • Begin to learn the powerful use of layers and masks in Photoshop Elements
      • Blending Modes
      • Layer Masks
      • Clipping Masks
      • Adjustment Layers
      • Opacity setting
    • Introduction to the Content and Effects palettes
  • As the year progresses, you will
    • Expand your skills in using the various editing tools and changing the tool's parameters in the option bar, especially the Selection Tools
    • Expand knowledge on how to edit photos; i.e. enhancing light and color, restoring, straightening, cropping, resizing, etc. using Full Edit, Quick Edit and Guided Edit
    • Explore some of the many other functions and features of Photoshop Elements, such as how to create the output products that are available. i.e. printing, albums, DVD, CD, Web photo shows, sharing photos, etc.
    • Expand your knowledge and use of the powerful function of layers and masks in Photoshop Elements
      • Blending Modes
      • Layer Masks
      • Clipping Masks
      • Adjustment Layers
      • Opacity
    • Learn to use of the Content and Effects palettes
    • Learn to use and add plug-ins for added special effects.

Instructor:

Rod H.


Brain Fitness for Seniors Club

Schedule:

Fourth Monday of each month, February through November, from 10:00 to noon.

Fee:

$50 for the club. After you register, you will be asked to pay separately for the BrainHQ software license, which is $72 per year.

Prerequisites:

Basic computer skills and basic internet skills. Students are expected to have access to the internet away from the classroom.

Description:

Each meeting will consist of a presentation on some facet of brain function, followed by hands on instruction on some aspect of the BrainHQ exercises. Students are expected to practice the BrainHQ exercises away from class. The club is limited to 13 members.

Goals:

  • Improve participant's brain auditory processing skills (Listen Better)
  • Improve participant's visual processing skills (Observe Better)
  • Improve participant's short term and long term memory skills
  • Improve participant's other cognitive skills including improved driving cognitive skills

Facilitators:

Margaret Cain and Daffnes Bohas


Corel Editing Photo Club

Schedule:

Meets on the third Monday (different from 2014) of each month, January through November, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

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

Description:

The primary photo editing software used in this club is Corel PaintShop Pro version X6, though the techniques can be applied to slightly older versions. If there is interest, we'll explore some of the free photo editing programs. While free photo editing software allows you to do some enhancements to an entire photo, Corel PaintShop Pro also allows you to make enhancements to selected areas of a photo, such as lighten a face in a shadow. It also allows you to remove/add people and things from/to your photos. It's a great tool for fixing up old photos, creating posters, adding interesting borders and frames, and transforming photos with special effects. You'll learn easy techniques that will impress your friends and your family.

Goals:

  • 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

Instructor:

Cheryl


Layering Photo Club

Schedule:

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

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


Genealogy Club

Schedule:

Meets on the third Tuesday of each month (January to November) from 10:00 am to noon.

Fee:

$70/year. Club is full and enrollment is closed.

Prerequisites:

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

Description:

Full. Enrollment is closed. 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.

PC A to Z Club

Schedule:

Meets the second Tuesday of each month, January through November, from 10:00 to noon

Fee:

$70/year. Full. Enrollment closed.

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:

Full. Enrollment closed. 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.


Plug-Ins + Club

Schedule:

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

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Intermediate skills. this club is an extension of Lightroom or Adobe Elements or Corel Layering. The plug-ins will need to be purchased or have on your home computer for your use. onOne and Topaz will be the most used.

Description:

Learn how to use the most popular plug-ins for making your photos pop. They are either stand alone programs or need another editing program for layering effect. This is an advanced photo editing processing club. To get the most effective look, some layering will be covered.

  • If you like to post process your photos, plug-ins are for you
  • Discover the best and most effective way to make your photos into fine art

Instructor:

Roberta


ProShow Gold Club was canceled

Schedule:

Meets on the third Thursday in even-numbered months, February, April, June, August, October, and December, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.

Fee:

$50

Prerequisites:

This club was canceled due to low enrollment. Currently enrolled students may join the Producer Beginning Club.

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

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 19th at 10 am.

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 Producer Experienced 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


Smartphone Hot Topics Club

Schedule:

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

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Beginning 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, games, health, travel and utilities.

  • Must know the basics of navigation on your phone. If you can't figure out how to get to the apps menu, or buy an app you need to take the iPhone or Android Basic class first.
  • Learn what the buttons can do.
  • Each month we will talk about another hot topic, virus security, downloading things, storage possibilitiies
  • 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 and tricks that work on both platforms, tips in taking photos, keeping your phone secure, setting up your email and where to store them afterwards.

Instructor:

Roberta




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