Photo and Computer Clubs for 2017

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 more, 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 around the end of October. The AGE Computer Lab newsletter will announce when registration is open for enrollment. 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 get-together. 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
When, January - November Instructor Skill
2nd Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 Doug Intermediate to advanced Lightroom. Do not need coach for computer tasks.
4th Tuesday, 10:00 - noon Rod Beginning or Intermediate computer skills, basic knowledge of digital photography
2nd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta Beginning camera skills
1st Tuesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta Beginning to Intermediate computer skills.
4rd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta Intermediate skills
3rd Monday, 1:00-3:30 Roberta Hands-on class using the On1 software photography suite.
1st Thursday, 1:00 - 3:30 Gordon Beginning computer skills
1st Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta Intermediate to advanced

2nd Tuesday, 10:00 - noon

Rod Intermediate. Know basic functions of Windows & want to expand knowledge of using the Internet functionally & efficiently.
3rd Tuesday, 10:00 - 12:30 Dianne Basic computer skills and a desire to pursue family history research

View the 2016 Clubs here.



Free and Easy Photo Editing Club

Schedule:

This club meets on the first Tuesday of each month, January through November, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

The Easy Photo Editing Club is for those who are new to editing their photos and want to spend as little time as possible with the best results. All the software will be free so you can download or load at home to practice. We will use Photoscape, and PicMonkey plus any other software you find and are curious about. It is not important what you used to take your photo, camera or phone, the results for better photos is the goal.

Description:

Learn how to edit in a couple of clicks, upload or save and make your photos pop. If you have never edited your photos before, this club is for you. Or if you are unsure which software to use, this club is also for you.

  • This is a beginning level Club for those who are new to photo editing. This Club has coaches.
  • Learn how easy it is with the right tools to up your game in photo editing.
  • The Club will cover the basics of fix ups, exposure, sharpening, cropping and shadow and light work.
  • Learn to fix your photo the way your camera should have taken the picture.

Instructor:

Roberta


Adobe Lightroom Advanced Club

Schedule:

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 Experienced club the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom product 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 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

Instructors:

Doug


Adobe ® Photoshop® Elements Club

Schedule:

The club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through November, 10:00 am to noon.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

The student should have good computer skills using a Windows PC. 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:

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 each month for use at home. Through-out the year, students will be encouraged to bring their own photos and projects to use in class as tutorials. Note: Photoshop Elements Version 14.0 is used in the classroom, but most functions are the same for previous versions down to Version 9.

Goals:

  • We will start the year with basic 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 options
    • Learn the various methods to select specific parts of a photo for editing
    • Learn how to do basic photo editing. i.e. enhancing light and color, restoring, straightening, cropping, resizing, etc. using Expert, Guided, Quick, and eLive Modes
    • Learn how to create and share output products that are available. i.e. printing, albums, DVD, CD, Web photo shows, sharing photos, etc.
    • Introduction to the powerful use of layers and masks in Photoshop Elements
      • Blending Modes
      • Layer Masks
      • Clipping Masks
      • Adjustment Layers
      • Opacity setting
    • Introduction to the NEW Content Aware and Recompose tools
  • As the year progresses, we will build on the use of the above tools and apply them to practical projects.
  • The rest of the year will also include understanding and using:
    • Existing plug-ins and adding new ones
    • Existing filters, special effects and graphics
    • The various panels that are available for use
    • The different layouts available
    • The new, improved Photoshop Elements Organizer
  • And as always, the class will take any direction in Photoshop Elements that students want to explore.

Instructor:

Rod Holley


Digital 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, own Corel Paintshop Pro software. We will also use PicMonkey, free, as a layering software. Several different types of plug-ins will also be used, such as Google NIK (free) plug-Ins and Topaz Lab plug-ins. This is not a class on learning the basic tools of Corel, but rather using Corel as the main software in order to add text, layers and creating art work. Any version of Corel from version X5 to X9 is workable. In the process of exploring our creativity, you will become very proficient in using Corel Paintshop Pro.

If you are interested in learning the basics of Corel Paintshop Pro, please watch our calendar for seminars on that topic.

Description:

Work with layers in Corel PaintShop Pro to edit your photos and create impressive results.

  • Use Corel PaintShop Pro's many editing functions (adjust, effects, image)
  • Use layers to do even more, make art work, mask, or erase from a different layer
  • Learn how to select specific areas of your photos, which you can then lighten, darken, or adjust
  • Learn fine tuning adjustments of layers and effects on photos
  • Learn how to remove scratches, blemishes, and problem areas from your photos
  • Perform some artwork on photos
  • Incorporates all things layered: text, frames, tubes (decorating), scrapbooking, masks, collages, etc.
  • Learn about raster and vector layers, masks, and frames
  • Create interesting images from your photos, which you can then use in scrapbooks, note cards, collages, and gifts
  • Note: This club is a Photo Editing Club and there is no camera instruction

Instructor:

Roberta


Genealogy Club

Schedule:

Meets on the third Tuesday of each month (January to November) from 10:00 am to 12:30.

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. The club is for all levels of experience, as there is always something to learn.

Description:

Each meeting will consist of a short presentation on a particular facet of genealogy, followed by open discussion and problem solving. We will search for resources and information on the Internet and use genealogy software to organize and preserve the information. As we started in 2016, we will increase focus on using internet resources to gather genealogical information. We will use Family Tree Maker as the genealogical software of choice, though it is not a firm requirement for the students. We will also learn more about how to organize and store information and searches on our computers, so we can easily find what we need and want, and remember what we did.

Goals:

  • Gain an understanding of the basics of genealogical techniques, research, evidence, and documents management
  • Learn how to seach the internet for genealogical information
  • Learn how to organize and store genealogical information on our computers
  • Learn how to use genealogy software, with a preference towards Family Tree Maker
  • Explore opportunities and techniques for family history publication
  • Provide a forum for people actively pursuing family history research

Facilitator:

Dianne Holley


on1 Club

Schedule:

Third Monday of each month, from 1:00-3:30.

Fee:

$70 for the club.

Prerequisites:

This is a hands-on club using the On1 software photography suite.

Description:

This is an advanced-beginning club in learning to work with all the modules or suites inside of this powerful plug-in and stand-alone program, the On1 software photography suite. It will replace all other software in the future for its versatility in masking, cloning, retouching, and layering. The basic program is very robust in features. If you do not have the software when you come to class, Roberta might have pointers to discounts and coupons.

Goals:

Learning to replace a sky or a background on complex photos requires a magician, unless you learn the quick mask and perfect brush tips.

Learn to apply rain, special effects, tonal and dynamic contrast

Learn how a portrait should be touched up.

Enhance, resize and black and white are more of the suites inside of the suite. We will try and conquer them all.

Instructor:

Roberta


PC A to Z Club

Schedule:

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

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 previous "Know Your PC" and "Internet" Clubs. Each monthly session will feature one or more topics selected 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 Holley


Take Better Photos 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 camera skills. This is a hands-on class using your camera or phone for learning how to compose and use the functions like exposure, focus, aperture, and lighting. As everyone will have a different make and model of both phone and camera, you will need to bring your manual. We will shoot actual objects, outside and in, using props. Every club meeting will be a mini photo shoot.

Description:

Each club meeting class will be divided into two sections. The first part will cover a topic, such as exposure and why it is necessary, how to change it, and what it looks like. In the second half of the class we will take photos, using what we just learned. The topics will vary as we lecture and then use the knowledge to shoot our photos. The coaches will be plentiful and you will get as much one on one time as we can provide, to learn how to use your cameras and phones. No editing software is involved. There might be guest photographers invited to explain their photo taking techniques.

  • We will not be using the computer to post-process our photos. That is for another class or club.
  • The main emphasis will be on TAKING the photo
  • Learn to see more creatively
  • Look for possible meetups where we can practice our photo taking skills
  • Find resources for taking photo exercises
  • Use a sharing site for all to see what we have taken
  • Learn to upload our photos to a website

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.

Fee:

$70

Prerequisites:

Beginning 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.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Intermediate computer skills. Some experience with ProShow Producer.

Description:

You know that ProShow Producer from Photodex can help you build professional-looking multi-media shows with photos, video, music, transitions, and special effects. In this club, you will:

  • Learn to go beyond the basics of ProShow Producer, including keyframing, transitions and slide styles
  • Learn more about audio and sound timing
  • Include short videos in your show for special impact
  • Find out how you can use Clip art to go beyond the ordinary
  • Learn how to share your shows with others
  • Practice, Practice, Practice

Instructor:

Roberta




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