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January, 2019


It's time to renew your membership!

Click here for a 2019 Video Club Membership Form which you can print out. Complete it and mail with your check to our Membership Director Gary Simpson at the address shown. If you're not already a member, now's the time to join!


Smartphone Video Class Starts January 4

Click here for more details and class flier.

Learn to shoot, edit, and share videos with your smartphone! One of the Video Club's most popular classes, “Making Amazing Movies with Your Smartphone,” will begin for four sessions on Friday, January 4, taught by resident and professional videographer Scott Marvel from 9:30 am-noon in the Video Lab. No pre-registration required. $20 members, $35 non-members (includes 2019 membership)




To see our latest Video Club news at a glance on our websiteCLICK HERE.
To read individual posts, click on the headlines below.

“Write It Down” to Premiere at 30th Anniversary Open House

Deadlines for Video Contest and Banquet Reservations

Video One Productions Ends Busy 2018 with Holiday Party

Video Club on Village Television in January



Watch for our Winter-Spring 2019 Class Schedule, to be presented at the 30th Anniversary Open House on Thursday, January 17, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Video Lab and Studio.

Want to Learn Photoshop Elements?

If you're interested in learning Photoshop Elements to edit your still photos, you can attend professionally-taught classes every year at the Camera Club, according to Peter Battin, who coordinate the club's education program.

  • You can also take Battin's one-day introductory class in Faststone Viewer, a useful, free photo-editing program. See details below.
  • In addition, you can receive limited one-on-one help with Photoshop Elements from Battin himself, a skilled user, when he's on Supervisor duty at the Camera Club, Mondays from 9 am-noon

Instructor Art Ramirez, who has taught for Samy's Cameras and Michael's Craft Stores, offers beginning Photoshop Elements in October, intermediate-level in March, and advanced level in June. All classes are for four sessions. Cost is $40 for Camera Club members, $50 for non-members. If you take several classes, you can save by joining the club for $20 a year – a good way to support another of our Village tech clubs. If you attend the first session and find the class is not a good fit, you can receive a refund.

Peter Battin's one-session Faststone Viewer class will next be offered in early February; $5 for Camera Club members, $10 for non-members. The Camera Club has taught Faststone Viewer for the past 15 years. CNET gives the program a 5-star rating, stating, “It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments.”  Battin describes Faststone Viewer as having “a lot of quick fixes, but no layers (a key feature of Photoshop Elements).”

To stay informed about these and other Camera Club classes, you can add yourself to the club's email list on the home page of their website under “Mailing List.”

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