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Michelle Osborne

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  1. While all of the resources in class will be on either Vimeo or Zoom, instructors will occasionally use Youtube videos as outside resources. This tutorial will walk you through some of the options you may find for navigating those videos. Please note that videos may have some or all of these options depending on what the original account uploaded them with. So if you don't find an option (like closed captions), it's because the person who uploaded it without those options. It is, unfortunately, completely out of FYA's control. First, the videos that will be shared on FYA
  2. All of our in-house videos will be uploaded to Vimeo and embedded into the course content here in the class forum. Vimeo offers several options to customize the video for your own comfort. This tutorial will walk you through some of the options available and how to find them. All of the options for the videos are located on the lower right corner of the video. Here's a walk through of how they all work: 1. The first one is the volume control for the video. This is not the volume control on your computer. So if, for instance, your computer volume
  3. Zoom gives you a handful of options to customize your playback. Here I'll run you through the possibilities so you can watch the videos in the best way for you. All of the options for the Zoom videos appear on the bottom of the video itself. You'll see a bar that looks like this: From left to right: 1. This one is probably obvious, but this is the playback/pause button and will tell you how far into the video you've gone: 2. If you're having trouble with the volume (e.g. you have the volume at "100" on your comp
  4. Setting up your Google Account You will need a Google account to submit assignments for the Focus Your Art courses. You can use an existing gmail.com account or create a new one. Even if you already have an @gmail.com Google account, you should know that you will be creating public albums for this course, so you might consider creating a new account for this course if that bothers you. Google likes to keep things fresh, so some of the screens may not look exactly like the ones below. However, this should still work to get you through the process. If you have any troubl
  5. From time to time in a class, the instructor may ask you to make a screen capture -- your settings, an adjustment brush you used in Lightroom, etc. If you're not sure how to do it, it's quick and simple! How to create screencaps on PC There are two main ways you can create screencaps on PC. My preferred way of doing it is to use the snip and sketch app that comes with the later versions of windows 10. 1. On your computer keyboard hit the Windows Key + Shift + S. This will grey out your screen and you'll see this at the top of your screen:
  6. If you've forgotten your password for the site, you can easily reset it. 1. Click on "Existing user? Sign in" at the top of the screen. This will give you a drop-down menu where you can enter your user name and password. At the bottom of the drop down menu, you'll see the words "Forgot your password?" Click on that. 2. On the next screen, enter the e-mail address you used to register on the site and click on "Recover password." 3. If the e-mail address you've sent is valid, you'll get this message: "Your password reset request
  7. If you're new here and want to be a part of the community, here's what you need to do! 1. Go to http://www.focusyourart.com 2, Click on "Subscribe to the Community": 3. Click either option below (both are free for a whole year): 4. Check your email inbox. You will receive a validation email after you subscribe. Check your spam/junk folder as it sometimes arrives there. If you still do not receive it within about 10 minutes of subscribing, email Amy (amy@focusyourart.com). 5. Once validated you should be able t
  8. You may find, as you peruse the forums, that you want to follow a specific member's posts (especially Amy and Lisa!). To follow a specific member, click on their profile picture in any post to draw up their profile: Once on their profile page, click on "Follow member," which will bring up a pop-up menu. Two things to note: 1. If you have not selected notification settings for members, you will receive a warning stating "You have not chosen how the notification should be sent." You will need to go back to your notification settings (tutor
  9. Sometimes you may be interested in following a post that you don't want to comment on or a post you can't comment on. This is especially true for those who are taking the classes. There will be an "Announcements" post (letting you know content has been posted, the teacher's upcoming schedule for checking the forums, etc.) for each class at Focus Your Art. These are posts you cannot reply to, but will be important to follow so you get notified of important information. So how to do that? Click on any post on the forum. On the right side, you'll see this:
  10. The community forums are set up automatically to not follow any content. But many people like to get instant notifications when someone else replies to their topic, or they want to log into the site and see what new content is there from people interacting with their posts or posts they're interested in. The great thing about this forum is there are many ways to customize this for your own preferences. So where are the notification settings? Up at the top of the screen to the right of your name is a little picture of the earth. This is where all of the notifications are
  11. The system is set to automatically have your profile picture "icon" be the first letter of your user name. But I imagine you're like most of us and would like to upload your own photo as your icon. To do this, click on your name at the top of the screen and select "Profile." You should see a little icon at the lower lefthand corner of your current profile picture. Click on that. Note: If you do not see this little icon, that means you have reached your upload limit for the site (upload limit is 50MB). If you've uploaded a cover photo,
  12. Signatures are a handy place to include information so that those who read your posts, have some basic information about you. This is a great place to put your gear (cameras and lenses), your pronouns, and anything else you think is important to know. To find where you can activate and edit your signature, click on your name at the top of the screen to bring up the drop-down menu and then select "Account settings." On the right side of the screen, you will find Signatures. Once you click on that, the first thing you're g
  13. So if you're like me (and I suspect since we're all photographers you may be!), you have a color palette that you like. The neat thing about this interface is you can change the colors to some degrees. There aren't a ton of options, but they're there. Look to the right of your name and you'll see a little paintbrush icon. Once you click on that, it will draw up a small handful of colors you can pick for primary or secondary colors.
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