Jim and Chris, of Geeks on Tour, presented a full day of seminars for the Central Florida Genealogical Society on Saturday, February 16, 2013.
We taught our standard topics of Picasa, Blogger, and Photo Story but with a focus on old family photos and stories, instead of our normal travel photos and stories. The day was quite a success with many appreciative genealogists soaking up the information. We had several offers from the group to teach us about genealogy! So far we are resisting. But we did learn a bit about how they want to use their pictures and blogs. We also learned that Google maps and Google Earth would be a topic of great interest for tracing the locations of their ancestors. Next time! Meanwhile, here’s what we taught on this day:
- Introduction to Picasa – the free program from Google for all your digital photo needs
Find your pictures, Organize, Edit, Caption, and Share. It’s fast, it’s easy, and its FREE from Google. Picasa can: transfer photos from camera, delete and organize photos, rename and caption, browse/view all photos on your computer, improve photo quality in many ways without touching your original, print, email and post to web, create slideshows, find faces and geotags, and backup to CD or DVD. It can even work with your video files. The best part is the fast and easy way to make all your photos look better. This you gotta see!
- Using Picasa to Organize and Improve Old Family PhotosIn this seminar we will start by snapping new pictures of old family photos. We will show how to store them in appropriate folders and still organize them by family branches. We will explain Picasa’s face recognition feature and, best yet, we’ll show how to make those old photos look better with just a few clicks.
- Using Blogger.com for a free Family Website
This seminar will show, step-by-step, how to make and keep a Blog. It is the easist way to make your own website. It can be a public website, completely private, or shared with only family members. We will teach you how to write posts and pages, upload photos, maps, and even videos. We guarantee that, if you pay attention, you WILL be able to go back to your computer and create a Blog!
- Using Photo Story 3 to make your Family Documentary Movie
Photo Story 3 is a free program that includes ability to add music and narration to your pictures. This is the easiest class we teach. It is so simple, so fun, and the end result is a movie directed by you. We will use the same family photos that we used in the Picasa session.
Learn how to:
|Capture old family photos by simply snapping pictures of album pages
||Then fix them up using the tools in Picasa, including text|
|Make a Movie like This with just a few clicks in Picasa|| Or a movie like this using Photo Story 3