Whether you are new to the iPhone and iPad or just need to brush up and learn more, this is a perfect class for you.
$500 pesos for four hours of classes, one hour per week
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Tuesdays Sept 5, 12, 19, 26
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iPhone Photography Class
The iPhone is the most popular camera in the world – for a good reason. It’s a great camera. Learn how you can take better pictures, edit them and organize them.
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That reminds me. Did you know that if you are in a hurry to take a picture with your iPhone Camera and your iPhone is asleep, just swipe right to left. You then will be in your camera without having to put in a password or fingerprint first. It's a perfect iPhone feature for catching unexpected moments.
10. Number ten is my favorite tip of the month. I had never red the Rachel Ray Magazine and found if full of fun tips. But this one was definitely the best. You place a fresh cherry on the top of a water bottle. While steadying the fruit with one hand, push a straw or chop stick through the cherry into the water bottle. The cherry seed will pop out into the bottom of the water bottle. How cool is that?
1. Back in the USA - Linda Rondstadt
2. Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
3. Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys
4. America - Neil Diamond
5. American Woman - The Guess Who
6. American Pie - Don McLean
7. America the Beautiful - Ray Charles
8. America - Simon and Garfunkle .
9. A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
10. Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
When three people in one week mention a book to me, I take notice. That was the case with Magpie Murders.
Author Anthony Horowitz was the screen writer for one of my all time favorite English mystery series - Foyle's War. So I had confidence I would enjoy Magpie Murders. It is a story within a story, a mystery within a mystery.
Book editor, Susan Ryland pours herself a glass of wine and begins to read the latest manuscript from her most popular author, Alan Conway. I was actually on page 205 when I remembered I was still reading Conway's manuscript - the mystery within the mystery
The story returns to Susan as she comes to the end of the manuscript to discover that the last few chapters are missing. (Quite a WTF? for both Susan and me.) There were many puzzles and clues along the way... but it is still unclear which of the five suspects committed the murder. The following Monday, she attempts to contact the author to get the last few chapters, only to discover he has died. The police call it a suicide, but Susan is quite sure it was murder. Now she has two murders to solve. Who was the murderer in the manuscript and what happened to the last chapters and who murdered her author, Alan Conway.
I found the manuscript mystery to be more intriguing than the mystery surrounding the murder of the author. However I was not disappointed. I had a long to do list for Sunday, but instead snuggled in with my dog, numerous cups of tea and spent most of the day reading Magpie Murders.
If you like puzzles, you will like this book. It is a fun read with eccentric English characters, a determined protagonist, country villages, twists and turns and even a bit of a love story.
1. My iKlip selfie stick. I was never very big on selfie sticks. I thought they were kind of silly until a baby boomer customer showed me two recent photos of her and her college roommates. The first one was taken by her husband and it was a nice picture. The second photo was taken with a selfie stick a couple of minutes after the first. They were standing the same way. They had on the same clothes. They used the same iPhone. The lighting was the same. The only difference was the use of a selfie stick with the iPhone higher so the women had to slightly tilt up their heads. They all looked 10 years younger. I went right out and bought a selfie stick! I like the iKlip because it comes apart and fits easily in my iPhone camera bag. It also works as a tripod. It's $39 on Amazon.
2. I have loved polaroids since I was a kid. I no longer have the camera, but I do have a small Polaroid Zip Printer . It still feels like magic. The prints are small, just 2x3 inches but fun while traveling or at a party. Printer is $123.88 on Amazon 30 Pack Paper is $14.99, 50 Pack Paper is $24.88.
3. I keep a set of Apple Earpods in my bag, mostly in case I am shooting in low light and want to use the volume button as a remote shutter.
4. I keep one or two of my 10 Pack Colorful Cleaning Cloths in my bag to clean my iPhone’s front screen and my camera lenses. They are pretty inexpensive and it’s good to have extras. Amazon $8.99.
5. I am not a big stylus fan, however when retouching an image it is sometimes difficult to see what is happening under my finger. Jot Pro 2 Stylus by Adonit has a clear plastic disk at the point of the stylus so you can clearly see your retouching. On Amazon for $21.49.
7. To charge all the gadgets in my camera bag, I use the Zilu Desktop Charger Amazon for $17.99.
8. Charge cables for my Nova Flash and Polaroid Printer.
10. Never forget your Apple Wall Charger. I usually carry the smaller 5W charger and the 12W charger because I most always have both my iPhone and iPad with me. They are $19 each at Apple.
Less charming are the loud firecrackers. This morning they woke me at 6:00 a.m. Now I get fireworks, which are also very common here and are magnificent as they explode above the center of town. I imagined that the firecrackers where being set off at night by spirited pre-teen boys. But I have never heard of pre-teens getting up at 5:30 a.m.
I finally asked my hairdresser about them. He said that no - those were not kids setting off firecrackers but the churches. They are calls to god. I have to admit there have been a few times when I thought early in the morning, "Okay, already. God heard you."
Bells and firecrackers are such a part of everyday life here, I needed a way (since I am not Catholic and heading to mass), to make them useful in my life. A few weeks ago I decided whenever I hear the bells I will pay attention to my breath as long as they ring. I now get a mini meditation multiple times a day.
The firecrackers are so loud, that I found myself being irritated by them. I certainly do not want to be irritable several times a day. So I decided I would be grateful for something every time they explode. Surprisingly that has completely changed my relationship to the firecrackers.
I hope my Mom who taught me to meditate in 1971, and was the most grateful person I've ever known, is smiling in whatever heaven she is in.