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Create Stunning Photos with HDR Photography Slides Available for Attendees

Chris Woodman, the speaker for the February 22, 2018 program entitled “Learn how to create stunning and mind-blowing photos with HDR photography” has kindly shared his slides, book recommendations and a discount code for meeting attendees.

HDR Photography

Link to Aurora HDR info and to use your meeting discount code.

Here are links to three books published by creditable photographers.
A World in HDR by Trey Ratcliff:
HDR Masterclass by Serge Ramelli:
The HDR Book by Rafael Concepcion:

Chris Woodman is an award-winning graphic designer, publisher, and educator.

An expert in Apple software, Chris’ skill set runs the full gamut. His passion and specialty are in digital media — more specifically ebooks, presentations, photography, and videography.

Over the past decade, Chris has trained over 1,000 customers and employees and has organized and facilitated over 300 business workshops and community events.

His genuine personality and natural ability to simplify the complex allow Chris to communicate clearly with any audience, regardless of learning style or previous technology experience. His passion for design and sharing his knowledge sparks inspiration in others.

Chris Woodman

Four updated Take Control books for your MUG

Happy holidays!
Here in San Diego, Morgen and the kids and I have been busily preparing for Christmas while also doing our best to get another batch of books out before the end of the year. I’m pleased to announce new editions of four popular Take Control titles (all of which update and replace books I previously released independently as Joe On Tech guides). All four titles now include coverage of High Sierra, in addition to hundreds of other changes.
Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac teaches you how to protect your data against mishaps of every kind by guiding you through the process of creating and implementing an excellent backup plan.

Buy Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac for $10.49 with the 30% MUG discount

Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac helps you prevent problems by de-junking and optimizing your Mac, followed by simple daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly maintenance tasks. It also shows you what commonly suggested maintenance tasks aren’t worth your time.

Buy Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac for $10.49 with the 30% MUG discount

Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac helps you solve problems by teaching you troubleshooting techniques, providing ready-to-use recipes to fix common Mac issues, and teaching you how to think like a technician even when solutions aren’t obvious.

Buy Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac for $10.49 with the 30% MUG discount

Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac shows you how to improve your Mac’s performance. It addresses a wide range of speed issues, including CPU, RAM, and disk usage; hardware upgrades; network configuration; and much more.

Buy Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac for $10.49 with the 30% MUG discount

But wait, there’s more! You can save a full 50% by buying all four books as a bundle for only $30. The easiest way to do that is to use this handy Mac Fitness Collection link, which adds all four books (and a 50%-off couppon) right to your shopping cart.



Joe Kissell

Take Control of Lightroom CC” for Your MUG

Dear MUG member,


As more and more of us access and edit photos on many different devices—laptops, desktops, tablets, and phones—we increasingly expect a seamless experience, with our images and edits showing up on all our devices, immediately. To accommodate this shift, Adobe has released a new version of its Lightroom application, Lightroom CC, that is specifically designed for cloud interaction. Lightroom CC has also been streamlined and simplified, meant to appeal to those who want to do more than the basics with their photos, but who are intimidated by Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop.

In Take Control of Lightroom CC, photography expert Jeff Carlson gives a thorough, but accessible, guide to the new Lightroom CC. He explains where it fits in the Lightroom ecosystem, then moves on to detail how to import, manage, and professionally edit your photos using Lightroom CC. For those who want to keep using Lightroom Classic CC, he also looks at how the two programs can work together.
Buy Take Control of Lightroom CC for $10.50 with the 30% MUG discount
With this book, you’ll:

See how Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic (as well as Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom for Web) work together

Learn how to import photos from cameras, memory cards, and locations on your hard disk; automatically add mobile photos; and sync photos, taking advantage of Lightroom CC’s cloud-focused features

Organize your photo library with rating and tagging, find photos using Adobe Sensei, manage your storage options, and back up your library
Get a handle on essential editing basics (like working in the Edit panel); use crop, straighten, rotate and flip to re-orient photos; adjust lighting, color, and appearance; and apply presets

Post images directly to your friends online in Facebook, export them to disk in order to share them elsewhere, or make an entire album public for people to view and, optionally, to download
Learn how to migrate a Classic catalog, or discover how to run both programs together
Find out how to import, manage, and edit your photos like a pro with Take Control of Lightroom CC!

Buy Take Control of Lightroom CC for $10.50 with the 30% MUG discount

Your Take Control Team—Joe Kissell and Morgen Jahnke

Designing for Augmented Reality Presentation File

Bill Myers (@vrbanist) is a Virtual and Augmented Reality Evangelist and Consultant in Akron, Ohio presented “Designing for Augmented Reality” at the September 28, 2017 CDPUG meeting.

Bill has generously shared his PDF slide show with CDPUG.

Designing for AR


The Top Mistakes Content Creators Make –And How to Avoid Them

Or for anyone at the meeting, they’re more like “misconceptions” than mistakes. Regardless, the presentation was very informative with facts ranging from copyright laws to rules on fair use. The speaker that presented is a well-known figure named Sharon L. Toerek, Principle Toerek Law (if you want to learn more about her in depth, you can right here) who is an attorney that specializes in legal assets for creative projects and properties.

Her knowledge was really prominent when she began her presentation and went into great detail about each slide, like her first slide for example. The first misconception reads, “My original ideas and concepts are protected by copyright law.” and Sharon Toerek goes into detail about how your ideas need to be more concrete before they can have any sort of protection to it. The list goes on, along with the questions everyone in the audience brought with them during the presentation. One of the questions came from a member who asked about a character on their business card resembling an already existing character, even though they made the card first. Sharon Toerek was able to reassure the designer that they won’t get into legal trouble, since the likeliness is not exact, and the company in question is overseas.

For those that couldn’t attend the meeting, Sharon Toerek was kind enough to share with us, the slides she used in her presentation. Although the audience members brought some very helpful questions, you can get just as much info out of these slides down below. If you would like a copy of the presentation itself, you can get it here. We hope you got a lot out of that meeting, because we sure did! Thanks again for talking Sharon Toerek!

PRES .CDPUG.Top Legal Mistakes Content Creators Makr

Save 50% in Take Control’s Spring Book Bargain Bonanza

Good day, fellow Apple aficionados!

We felt like having a big sale, but couldn’t find a good hook for it. Sure, tomorrow is World Backup Day, and Joe Kissell’s excellent Backing Up Your Mac: A Joe On Tech Guide is the latest incarnation of Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac, which was one of our most popular books of all time. But you’re all backing up now, right? Right?!?

So no hooks, just a straightforward 50%-off sale on all Take Control books through April 9th. All our books are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle formats, so you can get the real-world advice you need wherever, whenever, and on whatever device you like.

Order now with this link:

A few titles deserve special mention:

The whole “Turkish hacker gang” thing seems to be just a bunch of hot air, but data breaches happen almost weekly now. You have little to worry about if you generate and manage strong passwords in 1Password, and Joe’s Take Control of 1Password will help you with that. To ensure you have nothing to worry about on key accounts, turn on two-factor authentication, which his Take Control of Your Passwords explains. Stay safe out there.

Apple totally can’t stop toying with iTunes, but Kirk McElhearn’s Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ was completely up to date until last week. Luckily, the only noteworthy changes are iTunes rentals being available on all your Apple devices, playlists opening in their own windows, and a redesign of the MiniPlayer.

Keeping up with Apple’s operating systems doesn’t have to be difficult, and Scholle McFarland’s Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course and Josh Centers’s iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course are the key books you should turn to for core Mac and iOS documentation. They’re packed with tips, illustrative screenshots, and real-world advice.

You can’t get any more core than macOS’s Unix foundations, and even while Apple tries to “protect” us all from scary things like the Library folder (hold Shift to see it in the Finder’s Go menu!), if you study Joe’s Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal, you’ll get super powers. We can promise X-ray vision into the Mac’s file system, navigating nested directories and managing related files with a single command, and mind control over remote computers.

Of course, that barely scratches the surface of our full collection, so check out the other gems available for 50% off in our catalog. It’s a great time to stock your Take Control Library with the books that you can turn to for help at any time. And remember, we don’t expect you to read everything cover to cover. Instead, use the Table of Contents and Quick Start section to jump instantly to the topics that explain what you want to know.

Order now with this link:

Thanks for your continued support, and the many useful questions and kind comments you’ve sent over the years. And please, if you would do us a quick favor, spread the word about this sale to your friends and colleagues!

cheers… -Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

Gerry Shamray’s “Selfie” accepted in BAYarts Annual Juried Exhibition

CDPUG VP Gerry Shamray earned a spot in this year’s BAYarts Annual Juried Exhibition. The show opened on Friday, March 10 with a reception and will run through April 1.

Gerry’s piece, “Selfie,” is a black and white digital drawing that depicts the artist reflecting on his life via illustrated selfies of himself and his dog. “Selfie” was also shown last year at the 7th Annual May Show at Lakeland Juried Art Exhibition and originally debuted in the NOIS (Northern Ohio Illustrators Society) “Selfie” Show in 2015 where it was awarded first place.

Gerry Shamray is known for his sketchy, life-like illustrations for Harvey Pekar’s “American Splendor.” He has worked with cartoonist Tom Batiuk on the nationally syndicated comic strip “John Darling” and worked at Sun Newspapers as their graphics editor. He’s currently a freelance illustrator and writer. His website is at

The BAYarts Annual Juried Exhibition is held in the Sullivan Family Gallery located at 28795 Lake Road in Bay Village. More information is available at

About Mike Schwartz

A graphic designer that loves typography, current page designer and ad designer for two newspapers that print weekly. Practicing several mediums, I'm ready to broaden my horizons.

The Big Gumshoes: a new story by Bill Cohen-Kiraly

This is a shameless plug by me, Bill Cohen-Kiraly. I have published a new story on my site “Songs of a Befuddled Muse” (


Please check out “The Big Gumshoes”

–What happens when Clumbo, a man dedicated to making kids laugh and bad guys cry, receives a gruesome package by UPS?

The Big Gumshoes

While on, check out some of our older work including stories and visual art about:

And please leave comments here or on or email them to Bill at

Safely Backing Up your Mac & PC – PDF Presentation

The Feburary 2017 CDPUG General Meeting featured our Programming Director, Spike Radway, and Ken Fanger, talking about backing up data on your Mac, PC, iOS & Android Devices. Both of their presentation slides are below for anyone who wants to see it again, or for those who couldn’t attend.

Spike’s presentation is here.

CDPUG Backup Presentation 02-17


Ken’s presentation is here.

Backup Windows


CDPUG January 26, 2017 Meeting Summary

Our January 26, 2017 General Meeting was held at the Garfield Heights, Branch of the Cuyahoga Library. Bill Cohen-Kiraly began with a quick overview of some new features on our website. The main attraction was Garfield Heights Branch Manager Lane Edwards II showing us the digital resources the library has to offer, with a focus on graphic design. Lane showed users of Mac, PC, and mobile devices how to get the fullest use of their library’s resources.

Lane directed us to start with the Digital Collection Link for choosing eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and Music. For other resources like and dozens of resources from 60 Minutes,, and resource links under Research.

The evening was full of useful information and the meeting after the meeting feedback was all extremely positive. Even those power users in the audience felt like they learned more than they expected.

Spike’s favorite tip was under the Edit Account Link of your profile, you can assign a user name that is easier to remember than a library card number. We also learned that Ohio residents can get library cards for any library in the state.

Our Cuyahoga County Library system is amazing with great services, and great staff. The Library at Alexandria has nothing on our county!


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