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Thank You's and Boring Lamps

From: Stephen D.
Sent on: Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:35 AM
Good late morning all,

Thank you?s to ALL of you for last night ? especially to our four presenters ? and ESPECIALLY to Peggy Felt for the projector, without which we?d have been sunk in very deep water. You saved the meeting Peggy!

Of the many things that we could talk about this morning after last night, I hope you?ll not mind my going to an ?action? topic first: Tutoring. I?m pretty sure I heard a consensus last night that there should be SOME structure allowing those who might want ?live? instruction to know at least who in the group is willing to offer that, along with a list of the programs they feel competent to teach. To be honest, I think we?re going to find that easier said than done, but if we don?t do it, who will?

First, if you have a desire to teach skills in a photo editing program, please let me know in an email (along with your competencies, years of experience, etc.). Let?s see how that goes, and maybe in the near future we can publish the list of available tutors to the website when we know better what the challenges are.

Second, I?m inviting interested parties who would like basic level tutoring in specifically Photoshop CS4 from me in my office at 2171 Monroe Ave to let me know by email or cell phone [masked]). I?m including in that all other Photoshop versions, including Elements, providing you can bring your own laptop to sessions with that program. I envision sessions lasting from 45 to 90 minutes ? FREE ? and with the goal of sending you home each time with a complete new skill that you can apply to photographs immediately. The caveat is, that sessions will have either 2 or 3 students: No more: No less. If only one student is able to attend, that session will have to be rescheduled. I have a large desk with two computer monitors - a PC and a 24? IMac. You can use either if you don?t have a computer of your own to bring.

I confess that there are two purposes for my wanting to do this. One is that I?ve decided to pursue Adobe?s certification for PS with the idea of possibly doing paid tutoring or teaching in the future. I?d like to test the waters there before making that decision final. The second reason of course, is to try to kick start a tutoring program within RPEG, if possible. If there are problems that we should know about, this might uncover them.

Todays? tip is a quick one: Professional graphic artists insist on neutral colored work spaces on their editing programs ? esp black, white, or gray. The concern is that a colored background or frame on their monitors will skew their color perceptions of the image they?re being paid to get right. I recently replaced the shade on my lamp that sits next to my computers here at work. A dark burgundy shade would have been a decorator?s choice, but I?ve never been sorry for picking the plain white one instead.

Have a great one!


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