I know I’m a bit of a broken record about the way time flies, but seriously, how did it get to be February already? Craziness! And then there’s the fact that we’re having the first real winter in quite a few years. We had almost a foot of new snow in Ridgway today. Does anyone have time for a Mac class this month? I hope so, because I’ve got four great ones to choose from this month!

On to the class details…

Class list for February 2016:

• Sat., February 13th, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Ah Haa School in Telluride: “iPhone-ography”; an in-depth exploration of the art of getting great photos out of your iPhone. (This class is $65, and you need to sign up through the Ah Haa School at the link above.)
• Tues., February 16th, from 6-8 pm: “Photos for Mac”, an in-depth exploration of Apple’s new replacement for iPhoto; $20, Ridgway Library.
• Tues., February 23rd, from 3-5 pm: “iPhone/iPad Overview”; $20, Proximity Space, Montrose.
• Wed., February 24th, from 5-7 pm: FREE Mac OS X Overview; Ridgway Library.

Please do let me know if you plan to attend either of these classes; if I get enough commitments ahead of time, I don’t have to send out a nagging reminder!

Learn how to take great photos with your iPhone!

 First up, I’m doing a really fun class at the Ah Haa School in Telluride, next Saturday, February 13th, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, called “iPhone-ography”. Are you new to the wild-and-crazy world of the iPhone, or do you simply struggle to get decent photos out of yours? As so many photographers are learning these days, the best camera is the one you have with you. With the advent of high-quality cameras in smartphones like the iPhone (and as the camera specs improve with each new iPhone version) you always have a good camera with you. Learn the art of capturing truly excellent photos using your iPhone. As a bonus, we’ll spend some time learning about the thousands of camera “apps” available for your device, from Instagram to the more techy HDR realm, and everything in between.. Cost is $65, and you need to sign up with the Ah Haa School (at this link, or by calling 970-728-3886). Hope you can join us!

Photos for Mac

 Next, (and note the unusual day & time) on Tuesday, February 16th, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Ridgway Library I’m covering Apple’s new Photos program for Yosemite & El Capitan. A lot of folks are getting more than a little discombobulated by the switch to Photos, but it’s actually quite a powerful upgrade from iPhoto. As a “version 1” app, it also has some missing features and odd functionality. If you’re running Yosemite or El Cap on your Mac, you’ll want to take this class to learn all the ins & outs of the new program! Please, do let me know if you plan to attend. Cost, as usual, is $20.

iPhone/iPad Overview

 Then, on Tuesday, February 23rd, from 3:00-5:00 pm, at Proximity Space in Montrose, I’m doing my “iPhone/iPad Overview”, a from-the-ground-up exploration of the workings of all iDevices. With the advent of iOS 9, the iPhone 6s/6s Plus & the iPad mini 4, there are tons of new features and intricacies to explore. Join me for this class, and no matter how experienced you are, I guarantee you’ll learn something new. Cost for the class is $20.! Again, please do let me know if you plan to attend. Cost for this class is $20 as well.

 Lastly, I will be doing my regular last-Wednesday-of-the-month class at the Ridgway Library on Wednesday, February 24th from 5-7 pm. This month, it’s the FREE Mac OS X Overview. This class is held in the Library’s computer lab. Space is limited, so you have to sign up, and the Library has asked that I handle the sign ups, so give me a call at 970-417-8434 (or drop me an email) if you’d like to attend. (Be aware that first-timers take priority over anyone who has taken the class before, but there are often openings for repeaters).

For the Mac Overview, there are six Macs in the computer lab, so only two of the eight attendees need their own laptops. This class is beginner-oriented, but we cover some different things every month; repeat attendees are encouraged (when there’s room)!

Hope to see you at one or more of these great classes!