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2021 Camp Reboot! Smartphone Photography

“Camp Reboot” has come to mean the technology workshop alternative to “RVers Boot Camp” at the Escapees events. If your partner is registering for the RVers Boot Camp, but you would prefer to learn about technology, we are offering two sessions of a special pre-rally workshop at the 2021 Escapade in Rock Springs, WY.  Hands on with your smartphone or tablet, exploring the camera-related features.

“Take a good shot and make it better”

In your pocket you have one of the most sophisticated cameras ever developed, it can do things that Ansel Adams never even dreamed of! Just a tap on the HDR button produces results that took hours of preparation in Ansel’s day. Don’t know what HDR is? We’ll teach you! Want to show that masterpiece to friends and family around the world? It’s a simple click on the Share button.

I learned so much in this class! It was like I’d been driving a car for years and just learned about Reverse! I had no idea my phone could do these things.

For people with iPhones or Android phones – from beginners to advanced, everyone learns something in this class. If you’ve never taken a selfie, or figured out how turn your flash on or off – not to worry, that’s where we’ll start. The class is hands on. You need to bring your phone as we will have you exploring and experimenting with all its camera-related features. Like learning to swim by jumping into the deep end, you will have assignments and you will need to discover the way your device works to accomplish them. The workshop will be held over 2 mornings (iPhone) or 2 afternoons (Android) and you will have homework assignments in between!


Take your photos from so-so to stunningTake your smartphone photos from so-so to stunning. For users of Google Photos, we start with basic crop and filters. Then we add the free editing app “Snapseed” and turn your photos into masterpieces. You’ll work with your own phone and your own photos as well as some sample photos from the geeks.

Automatically backup all your pictures for safekeeping by using the Google Photos app. Never worry about losing your phone again. We will also explore the photo editing capabilities of Google Photos and learn about sharing photos by making a shared album for the class.

The camera in your phone also does more than take photographs – it can file receipts and save them for Tax day, it can scan QR codes, and deposit checks.

This is a 6 hour workshop, limited to 16 participants. Bring your iPhone or your Android phone, and also bring your charger because 3 hours of constant use can drain the battery quickly.

This is a 6 hour workshop, limited to 16 participants. Pre-registration is required including a fee of $59.

Please register through the Escapees headquarters via telephone with Registration @ 936-327-8873 See Escapade info here.
iPhone Classes: Friday, July 16 & Saturday, July 17
9:00 AM -12:00 Noon
Android Classes: Friday, July 16 & Saturday, July 17
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

2011-08-26 Camp Reboot

What you Would have Learned in School, IF you had Computers in School!

imageFor those who didn’t have computer class when we were in school! This hands on class will fill in those holes in your knowledge. Using your own PC laptop, we present 6 topics over 4 sessions, complete with hands-on exercises. Wi-Fi and Web browsing, Know your Laptop, Word Processing and Filing, Maintenance and Safe Computing, Email, Open Session Q&A. Your laptop must have Windows 7 or Vista – no XP, and no Macintosh.

Fill in the Gaps
If you want to be more proficient with your computers, attend our  hands-on boot camp.  The teaching is geared to beginners but not complete beginners – you need to already be comfortable with the mouse and minimizing/maximizing/closing windows. We find that people who have used their computers for years learn a lot as well.  This is for Windows-based computers – either Windows 7 or Windows Vista, no XP or Macintosh.

The materials for the class include a printed workbook, a DVD of tutorial videos, and a special one month membership to a Geeks on Tour Online Classroom just for your group.

The pre-Escapade workshop begins August 26, 2011 with the first session at 1 pm and continues thru Sunday Morning, with lots of fun time in-between!
Participants may arrive on the Cam-Plex grounds between 8 am and 12 am Friday,
August 26, and remain parked in their full hook up site for the duration of Camp
Re-Boot and Escapade. To register for this event, please call Kim in
Livingston at 1-888-757-2582. Don’t delay….as the workshop is limited to only 24 folks! ($139.00 for a single or couple with one laptop using Windows 7 or Vista)

We picked topics that we consider the most important foundation for any computer user.  Each topic consists of 3 parts 1)demonstration 2)hands-on assignment; 3)review.

Topics covered include:

  • Know your computer; make & model, operating system, hard drive size, memory size, support website, shutdown and sleep options, what to do when things go wrong
  • How to write a letter with software on every computer (WordPad), save it, and find it again.  How to print it on someone else’s printer if you don’t have one by copying it to a USB drive.
  • File Management, using Windows Explorer, folder structures, finding files, copying and moving files, identifying file types.
  • How to backup important files to CD, and keep your computer clean and safe
  • How to Use WiFi to get online and browse, search, set up favorites.
  • How to access your email using webmail.  Email ‘netiquette.’

This is for Windows-based computers – either Windows 7 or Windows Vista – sorry, we can’t include any Windows XP or Macintosh.

A ‘topic’ consists of 3 parts 1)demonstration 2)hands-on assignment; 3)review.
You bring your own (Windows-based) laptop computer. The price includes instruction from both Jim and Chris Guld (Geeks on Tour), an exercise workbook, a DVD of video tutorials. and a special one month membership to the Geeks on Tour Online classroom.  With an online forum, this class can continue online for a month.