Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pre Windows 10 Upgrade Recommendation

Backup, Backup, Backup

Before you even think about upgrading to Windows 10 make sure you have a good valid backup. The two important parts here are BACKUP, make sure you have one, and VALID, make sure its works, its current, and actually has all the data you want and need including new stuff you may have installed since you last ran your backup. Often, new programs place new data  in directories other than MY DOCUMENTS and that data may not be backed up.

I always recommend having two (2) complete backups and so before doing an upgrade it may be a good time to purchase an external Hard Drive to do a brand new backup. You may opt for a full system backup so you can recover your system to its current state if the Windows 10 upgrade goes completely awry. You should also do a manual second backup copying all you data; MY DOCUMENTS, PICS, VIDS, FAVORITES, MAIL, SIGNATURES, CONTACTS and anything else you have including any folders that may have data files like the usual special folders people create in the root of C: Drive including files on your DESKTOP. Read the rest of the article here....

Monday, May 18, 2015

Vivek High School, Chandigarh, India to Travel to New York, NY, USA

Students from Vivek High School in Chandigarh India will travel to New York for a Photo Tour/Workshop traveling the East Coast of the United States. This is a great opportunity for students as there will be tremendous opportunities for excellent photography and numerous learning opportunities as they will once again be instructed by Francois Cleroux.

Vivek High School has already worked with Mr. Cleroux in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2012 and also in Europe in 2013. They will be joined by their Vivek Photography Instructor Mr. Navneet Saxena, their coordinator Ms. Tejinder Sarao and Assistant Teacher Ms. Deepika Arora.

Students from the 2012 Vancouver Trip while in Victoria, BC.

This years trip will see the class start in New York city as follows:

June 14 to June 17: Overnights in New York. Photo Tour of New York City including visits to Chinatown, Wall Street, Ground Zero, with the option to take a harbour cruise), United Nations, Times Square, 5th Avenue, and Empire State Building. A half a day will be spent at North America's largest photography retail store, B&H photography. Afterwards the group will depart for Philadelphia.

June 18: A morning photo tour of Philadelphia including Independence Hall and Liberty Bell then off to Washington DC, where, upon arrival, they will take a tour including the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, Capitol Hill, and White House.

Long Exposure Night/Street Photography in Paris, France. 2013 Europe Tour.

June 19: Early morning photography and then departure from Washington to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with a stop at Hershey's Chocolate World. Continue to Corning, New York for a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass. Evening arrival at Niagara Falls for night photography of the falls.

June 20: Morning photo tour of Niagara Falls including view of the Horseshoe Falls (US side), the American Falls, Goat Island, Bridal Veil Falls, and Maid of the Mist.
Afternoon departure for Boston.

Street Photography in Venice, Italy. 2013 Europe Tour.

June 21: Morning visit to Harvard University, MIT, Charles River, Harbour Cruise, and Quincy Market. Afternoon transfer back to New York City.

June 22 to June 25: Photography Workshops with overnights in New York.

Photography instruction will confirm Camera and Photography Basics and will introduce students to B&W Photography, Street Photography, Architectural Photography, Travel Photography, Landscape Photography, Long Exposure Photography and Night Photography.

"Torre pendent di Pisa" Pisa, Italy. 2013 Europe Tour.

Students will learn techniques such as Long Exposures, Panoramic Photography and Stitching Concepts. During these sessions student will also master Shutter, Aperture and Exposure concepts and will have opportunities for 1 on 1 tutoring with Mr. Cleroux.

Students will receive Certificates at the end of the tour.

This should be another excellent trip!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Introduction to Digital Photography
Instructor – Francois Cleroux

Starts May 07, 2015 - 6 Weeks - Thursdays 7:00 - 9:00 PM -
Cost - $79.00 + taxes

Just in time for summer holidays!

Learn more about your digital camera and how to use it effectively. This course will introduce basic camera terminology, demonstrate how to use 'all those buttons', and how to take better pictures through the understanding of the art of photography, exposure, composition and lighting. You will also learn what factors to consider when purchasing a new digital camera and have opportunities to ask questions about photos you bring to class with a view to improving your own artistic efforts.

A DSLR is recommended but a Point and Shoot will do. Also a great class to take before buying a new DSLR Camera. (Beginners to Intermediate)

Workshop Outline
- History of Photography
- Light and Colour
- Apertures, Shutter Speeds,
- ISOs
- Depth of Field
- Exposure
- Art & Composition
- Creative Consequences
- The Camera
- Sensors and Mega Pixels
- File Formats (RAW vs. JPG)
- Camera Types
- Lenses & Accessories
- Hands On with Your Camera

This course does not cover any aspects of Digital Workflow or File Management on the computer. You can benefit greatly by having your camera’s user manual. Please bring it along to the third class. Lost it? Most manuals can be found on the Internet for free!

Very Limited Space. Please RSVP.