Home of Don’s Digital Photo Corner


Welcome to Don’s Digital Photo Corner.

I teach digital photography classes at the South Bay Adult School in Redondo Beach and the Torrance Adult School, as well as for the Palos Verdes on the Net (PVNET) organization. Many of the courses I teach use Adobe’s Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS5. Additionally I teach classes covering the basics of video editing using Windows Movie Maker and other free programs. I also teach classes on how to use your digital camera, whether it is a compact model or digital SLR camera. More recently, I have added iPad classes to those that I teach.

I use this website to augment these classes by providing additional tutorials and other topics of interest.

I also have a blog that can be accessed from this site. For each of my classes, I provide online handouts on password protected pages that are accessed from my blog.

Please feel free to email me any comments and suggestions you have regarding this web site. Also, check out my digital photography blog at


Don Stouder 11-6-13


13 Responses to Home of Don’s Digital Photo Corner

  1. Hello, very very good article!! In there the photos are arranged in an row ok? But if I would like to make a circle together with my photo where I’ve got to made changes? Yasmin Whitehill

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  3. Kathleen Ryel says:

    I took your photo editing class a few years ago and would like a refresher. I keep signing up at Torrance Adult school and it gets canceled each time. I would like the advanced course but will do any. Do you teach it elsewhere? Thanks, Kathie Ryel

  4. Don Stouder says:

    Thank you for your question, Kathie. As I’m sure you saw on the left, I teach at Torrance, South Bay Adult School, and PV NET. The classes I teach at Torrance and SBAS are essentially the same, with those at PV NET covering specific topics that are not covered at the other two schools.

    The attendance in my classes has falling off the past couple of years, and more of them have been cancelled due to low enrollment that anyone likes.

    Over the summer, I will be reviewing and modifying the courses I plan to teach in the fall at all of the schools. I suspect there are others, like yourself, who may need a refresher course, but also would like to extend what they have learned a bit at the same time.

    Beyond reviewing the course offerings on the lins in the left panel, a good way to stay up with what I will be covering and new tips etc is to follow my blog and/or become a fan if you are on Facebook.

    At any rate, stay tuned for the classes I will be teaching this fall at all of the schools. The link to my blog is http://don26812.wordpress.com/.

  5. Judy Yao says:

    Hi Don – I bought the iPad 1 but have never gotten to learn all the apps and how to use it to it’s full potential. I see you’re teaching an iPad class but sounds like a folo to last semester’s class? Are you teaching any beginning iPad class this coming semester? Judy Yao

  6. Ed fitzgerald says:

    Don-I have a question that I’m sure you can answer. I installed E-11 and can’t find the dodge and burn tools. They were on the side at the bottom but now I can’t find them. I use these a lot as I’m still old school darkroom. You can reply to my email address if you don’t think this is of general interest.

    Thanks Ed
    P.S. Still trying to find time for the organizer class. Was gone 7 times last year. This year not so much.

    • don26812 says:

      Hi Ed,
      It is still there in the panel on the left. First make sure you click on the second icon in the group of icons in the lower left side of the Editor workspace. That cycles the Tools Options pane off and on. Then click on the last tool position in the Enhance section of the Tool Box – the left panel on the screen. You should see all of the Tools hidden under hat position in the Tools Options panel.

      Once you learn the secret, and begin to look down instead of up, locating individual tools is actually easier than in earlier versions. Grouping the tools in named sections was a big improvement in my opinion.

      Take care,

      • Ed Fitzgerald says:

        Thanks Don. Adobe didn’t respond to my help question and that’s why I contacted you. Last time I looked in your comments I didn’t see your reply. Finally found the dodge tool. The sponge tool was on the bar on the left. I didn’t remember that this was where the dodge and burn tools were. Claudia finally got the tool to show up and now I can get the tools. This is going to be a learning experience all over. I don’t know when I’ll be able to take the organizer class as I thought that I was going to have time the first part of the year. I hope you will have a class on 11 somewhere at a time I’m in the country.
        Thanks again for the help. Are you going to be on a cruise this year? We are trying to get to Japan for the cherry blossoms. We leave for Oman and UAE Feb 9th. Back on the 22nd.

        • Don Stouder says:

          As I explained in my comment, in my opinion, PSE 11 makes finding a specific tool much easier than earlier versions did – once you get used to it. :-)

          Have fun, Ed

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    • don26812 says:

      Thank you. It’s a WordPress template. Actually, I will be modifying it soon. I’ve used it for a few years. Additionally, I plan to be more active on my blog, as well as on the website in the coming months. I hope you return in the future.

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