NAPP and

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When I think about where I have learned the most about cameras, photography and using computer software, I must acknowledge how much I have gained from these two organizations, NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) and

NAPP offers a membership for $99/year. For this, you get so many benefits that you’ll find the membership becomes essentially free! You get a year’s subscription to Photoshop User Magazine, filled with great tutorials on Photoshop and Lightroom. You also get access to the members’ only website which provides tutorials, training and huge member discounts on equipment, software, and services. You also get a discount on access to Kelby Training which provides many online video tutorials from a great group of photographers and instructors. I know that, with the discounts they offer, I save more than the $99/year membership! has an unbelievably extensive list of online video tutorials on categories that include photography software and web development, but goes way beyond that to many, many categories of software. There are approximately 244 different software titles with multiple different video courses per title. has helped me learn how to be more creative with my software, on many occasions. When I’ve been stuck trying to figure out how to do something, has keep from pulling out what little hair I have left on my head by providing the answers and instruction I needed. I’ve had some direct interactions with Lynda who has been willing to listen to suggestions and has been most gracious in her cooperation when I had a problem.

Both provide tutorials covering Macs and Windows computers. I subscribe to and am a member of both organizations. The time and money they save me are worth their membership costs. I highly recommend both.

Apple, Adobe and Canon

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Apple, Adobe and Canon are the companies I work with and rely on most often for my computing,  photography and website work. I have been an Apple user since it’s introduction in 1977. I’ve been using a digital camera since 1994 when Apple introduced the QuickTake 100. It’s funny to remember that this camera was only capable of storing eight photos at 640×480 resolution or 32 photos at 320×240 resolution. It would connect to the Mac by way of an Apple Serial Cable. From that camera, I moved on to one the first Olympus Digital Cameras in the late 1990’s. I’ve now moved to Canon Digital SLR’s and have worked with two of those.

Adobe Software provides some of the strongest and most useful tools with which to work on photographs and develop websites. Of course, I am also using software and software plugins from many other companies. In fact, it is sometimes overwhelming to decide what to use and what to buy. Fortunately, most good software developers provide at least a 30-day free trial. Make sure you take advantage of those opportunities. They’re invaluable in assessing whether a program or plugin is right for you.

Welcome To My Blog

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Welcome to my new blog. It’s really exciting to get it started. I’ll share with you information and instruction from some of the great photography, computer and web design blogs and websites I read regularly. That’s my goal. Additionally, I’ll include news and images from my photo trips and sessions.

I also want to share information on great photography and computer products I’ve found and special deals that are being offered. I want to acknowledge that I have associations with several commercial companies whose ads I post on this website. When you shop with them, by clicking on their ads in the sidebars, I do receive a small commission on those sales. Occasionally, I will include Amazon affiliate links in my blog articles. Their commission is usually in the realm of 4.5% of your purchase. This does not affect the price you pay as it would be the same whether you purchased by going through my site or if you purchased from Amazon directly, which does not provide me with a commission. These commissions help to support my blog’s web hosting costs. I truly appreciate them. I have this business relationship with these particular companies because I like their products and services, but I am very willing to express a critical opinion of them if appropriate.

I hope that you find my blog interesting and useful. If you do , please bookmark my blog and share it with your friends. Feel free to give me feedback so I can keep improving it.