Photo and Computer Clubs for 2018

Clubs can help you learn more about specific areas of interest, such as digital photography (taking, editing, sharing, creativity), multi-media shows (photos, videos, audio, and music), computers and software (apps), Google tools and capabilities, genealogy, and more. All of this is done in a fun and relaxed environment. The Photo Clubs have additional special learning and fun opportunities throughout the year, such as field trips, creativity seminars, guest instructors, and exhibits. Clubs have some prerequisites for computer and camera skills, as described in the summaries below. 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.

Club Registration starts around November 1. The AGE Computer Lab newsletter will announce when registration is open for enrollment. Enrollment in each club is limited to ten students, due to the available space in our computer lab. We also need 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
3rd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta Beginning / intermediate computer skills
2nd Tuesday, 10:00 - noon Rod Basic skills in using a Windows computer.
3rd Tuesday, 10:00 - 12:30 Dianne, Renée Basic computer skills and a desire to pursue family history research
2nd Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 Doug Intermediate to advanced Lightroom. Do not need coach for computer tasks.
4th Tuesday, 10:00 - noon Rod Basic skills in using a Windows computer and basic photography skills
2nd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta Beginning camera skills
4th Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta Intermediate skills
3rd Monday, 1:00-3:30 Roberta Hands-on class using the On1 software photography suite
4th Monday of odd # months, 1:00-3:30 Roberta Intermediate photo editing
3rd Thursday, 1:00 - 3:30 Gordon Intermediate computer skills
1st Thursday, 1:00 - 3:30 Gordon Intermediate computer skills
1st Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta Intermediate to advanced

View by day:

Club
When, January - November Instructor
2nd Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 Doug
3rd Monday, 1:00-3:30 Roberta
4th Monday of odd # months, 1:00-3:30 Roberta
2nd Tuesday, 10:00 - noon Rod
3rd Tuesday, 10:00 - 12:30 Dianne, Renée
4th Tuesday, 10:00 - noon Rod
1st Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta
2nd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta
3rd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta
4th Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 Roberta
1st Thursday, 1:00 - 3:30 Gordon
3rd Thursday, 1:00 - 3:30 Gordon

View the 2017 Clubs here.



All Things Google Club (new)

Schedule:

This beginner / intermediate club meets on the third Wednesday of each month, January through November, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

The Google club is for people who are interested in syncing their photos, navigating with current maps, translating while traveling, finding an alternative Office product that can make Power Points, Excel sheets and Word documents. Syncing your calendar with all of your gadgets, making a travel blog, sharing recipes, documents and storage through the Google Drive. If Google makes it, we will talk about it.

Only 10 spots available.

Description:

Learn more about the free services and software available through Google. The list is endless, but here are a few:

  • Google can help you decide what to eat for dinner
  • You can use Google as a timer
  • It can give you the exact times for sunrise and sunset
  • You can get the weather forecast of any city just by typing the city followed by "forecast"
  • You can calculate exact tip amount for your meals. You can also adjust the percentage and number of people dining.
  • You can check your flight status
  • Google can tell you when your favorite show is on
  • You can have Google find songs by bands you like
  • It can translate for you
  • It can give you all the books written by your favorite author
  • Most of all, Google photos for free storage is available to all

Instructor:

Roberta


Adobe Lightroom Experienced 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 basic skills in using a Windows computer, such as know how to open and close programs as well as save, save as, and organize folders and files. The student should also have basic photography skills, such as 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 and Renée Lasswell


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


Topaz Studio Plug-In Club (new)

Schedule:

Meets on the fourth Monday of every other month, January through November, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. That's the odd numbered months of January, March, May, July, September, and November.

Fee:

$45 for the bi-monthly club.

Prerequisites:

This is a hands-on intermediate photo-editing type club. We recommend you know how to get your photos onto a PC, want to make photos "pop," or want to turn a photo into a new work of art.
This club will be using Topaz Studio photo editing toolbox, which includes many free features, as well as plug-ins that can be used on a trial basis or purchased.

Description:

Topaz Studio is product from Topaz Labs that is a photographer's editing toolbox. It works as a standalone editor, a plug-in within popular photo-editing software, as well as a host application for your other Topaz plug-ins. It is fast, flexible, and easy to use. The base product includes 10 types of photo adjustments, with more to come.
There are 13 additional modules that may be purchased or not, and you try them and see if you like them. We will concentrate on learning Topaz Studio and five of the most popular modules: Topaz Adjust, Simplify, Impression, Glow, and Texture. You do not need to own them all, as you can use the trial versions for the ones you do not own. These plug-ins can be stand-alone or used with your favorite photo editing software, such as Lightroom, Corel, and Adobe Elements. Impression can emulate artists such as Monet, Edward Hooper, DaVinci, Georgia O'Keefe, and Degas. Glow Illuminate your photos with electrifying light. Adjust eliminates compression artifacts and improves sharpness, noise, and color integrity. Texture adds high-impact grunge and contrast to soft and subtle lighting effects. Simply can create stunning art by selectively removing image details and adding interesting results.

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 students who have basic skills in using a Windows computer and 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 Gold Club

Schedule:

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

Fee:

$70

Prerequisites:

Intermediate computer skills. Requires knowledge of files and folders, and some navigation.

Description:

This is a beginner's club for those interested in ProShow Gold, the multimedia program by Photodex. Think of it as Power Point on steroids. It is an excellent entry-level multimedia program with many exciting features that are available at a lower cost that the "Producer" version. You will become the "director" of an exciting presentation as you learn the features of ProShow Gold.

Goals:

Learn the features of ProShow Gold:

  • 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
  • Sharing the show with others by DVD or the web

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.

Fee:

$70

Prerequisites:

Intermediate computer skills. Requires knowledge of files and folders, and some navigation.

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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