These Covid-19 days have changed our lives. We’re in quarantine and wearing masks when venturing out. Our pursuit of outdoor photography is difficult if nonexistent. There’s a silver lining, however: We have time at home, time to get after those tasks that we’ve been putting off.
Based on your emails and phone calls, there’s been quite a surge in Lightroom and Photoshop activity. Many of you are busy with such tasks as renaming hundreds of photos and putting them into meaningful Lightroom collections. You are also working and reworking long-forgotten images using some of the tools Adobe has upgraded in both programs.
To continue to collaborate with you safely, I’ve been having a look at Zoom, the web video conferencing app. Many of you are familiar with Zoom, using it to visit with family and friends or even taking some online classes.
Zoom is very valuable as a one-on-one teaching tool; its simplicity and ease of use is first-rate. The screen sharing aspect of Zoom is especially effective, letting me see student screens and their version of Lightroom and Photoshop. This is every bit as good as sitting next to you. Very cool!
So today, I’m inaugurating Tony Roberts Online Coaching™ using Zoom to work with each of you on a one-on-one basis. Just like my in-home visits with you, I’ll be at your virtual shoulder helping and advising, and working toward making you better photographers. I encourage all of you to schedule a Zoom meeting with me. It is a great tool that we can use at a safe distance.
For those of you new to Zoom, here’s how it works:
We’ll schedule a meeting and at the appointed hour, you’ll receive an invite from me via email with a link to join me in a Zoom Meeting. You do not have to have a Zoom account to join a meeting. Clicking on the link will place you in our one-on-one room. We will be able to see and hear each other. Sound is available either through the Zoom app or by phone (see below for more about sound).
Then, in order for me to see your screen, I’ll prompt you to click on the green Screen Sharing button. I will not have any control of your screen/program, but I will be able to see your version of Lightroom/Photoshop.
At this point we can begin working on your images. I’ll help you by pointing out LR/PS features and techniques. While all actions are done by you, I’ll see what you’re doing and comment on the workflow.
That’s all there is to it. As a host, I will begin and end all meetings. However, if at any point you choose to leave the Zoom room, you have an End button to click.
I’m sold on using Zoom as a really great tool for creative interaction. I’m certain that it will help in my quest to make you a better and more organized photographer.
Price is $75 per hour with a one-hour minimum.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a web-specific online video conferencing service that acts as a middleman between my computer and yours.
Do I need a Zoom account?
No. You receive an email from me with a link that makes the connection. In effect, you are invited to a meeting room. No additional account set up or payment is required.
How do we see one another?
Zoom will automatically access your computer camera. Macusers have cameras built into Macbooks and iMacs. Apple MiniMac and some Windows users do not have cameras. For those users, I recommend Logitech webcams.
Can I join a meeting without video?
Yes, you do not have to activate your video appearance. It’s perfectly okay if you wish to join the meeting without being seen. There is a button choice for this when you enter the meeting.
How do we hear one another?
Zoom has sound plus video. But it helps if you invest in a headset with microphone. This frees up your hands for keyboard/mouse actions. Make sure they work on your specific computer. Some computers have poor sound quality and for those, I recommend that we use our smartphones with headsets/earbuds.
Do you control my computer?
No, you are always in control. I can only view your screen and your programs.
Is security a problem for Zoom meetings?
No. Zoom has addressed this issue to my satisfaction. I’m confident that our Zoom one-on-one meetings will be completely secure.
Can I end my meeting participation at any time?
Yes, you can end your visit to the meeting room at any time. There’s a specific END button for this purpose.
How do I schedule a lesson?
To schedule a session, send me an email request with the day/hour you’d like to meet. I’ll confirm by return email. If there’s a conflict, I’ll offer some options.
What’s the cost?
Tony Roberts Online Workshops™ cost $75 per hour, with one-hour minimum. I prefer credit card payment via PayPal. At the conclusion of each session, I’ll confirm the rate/cost and send you a PayPal invoice via email that will have a link for direct payment. You do not have to have a PayPal account.