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One of our Geeks on Tour premium members recommended a book “Oil and Marble” … Thank You! What a great book! And that’s why we added Florence to our itinerary so we could see the original marble sculpture
of David by Michelangelo. At 17 feet, 40 tons, and 700 years old, it was a perfect statue.
We did not deliver any classes in May, but you can see all classes from past months on our Classes page. We call it a “Class” when we deliver a 1-2 hour seminar to a group on a desired topic such as Using Google Photos, Editing Photos with Snapseed, and Map-making with Google My Maps. The web page for each class includes a slide show, several videos and
sometimes a written handout. If the class was delivered over Zoom, we also have the recording of the whole class. These classes are for our premium members.
In this newsletter:
As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
Using Google Maps to make, and save, multiple stop trips.
Getting proper photo exposure when you have a dark room and a sunny view out the window
Technology for Travelers: a discussion with our premium members
Blast from the past – measuring a river in Google Earth
We did 1 new episodes of our “What Does This Button Do?” YouTube show, from Italy:
Using Google Maps to make, and save, multiple stop trips
Google Maps is great, but you can’t save multi-stop trip plans. Or can you? We used this technique on our walking tour of Rome, and then later when we rented a car in Sicily. Read this article to see how we did it.
When there’s a window with bright sunlight in your shot, and you want to see the inside as well, you need 2 different exposures. Here’s a simple fix, all with your smartphone and Google Photos.
How we did it was to set the exposure for the brightest areas using the phone’s camera settings before taking the shot. That way the outside was exposed properly, and the inside was still in shadows. Then we use Google Photos editing tool called “Shadows” to correct the inside part of the photo.
We’re celebrating GeeksOnTour.com’s 15 year anniversary all year. And, here’s a tutorial video about Google Earth from 2006. We don’t seem to use Google Earth much these days, but looking back at this video makes me want to check it out anew.
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