Eddie was first in tonight for help and advice. His query was something that some people take for granted when using computers and others not so. He was having a problem when attempting to delete photo files via Windows Explorer. He found that clicking on the filename to select it for deletion resulted in the photograph opening in his editing software. After a little bit of interrogation it seems that a shaky hand has resulted in a double click of the mouse button. I suggested that he open Control Panel and go to the section on the mouse. There will be a tabbed dialog box open and he should select Buttons. There he will see a slider which controls the speed of the double mouse clicks. I showed him how to reduce it to a slow value. This may well cure the problem.
As well a this he wanted to know the key combinations to select individual files. This is ctrl+click. To delete them normally press the delete key to move them to the recycle bin. Holding the Shift Key while deleting will bypass the recycle bin and send the files to cyberspace. I showed him also how to click on the first of a long list of files then go to the last the Shift+click to highlight all those in between. He went away happy to try it.
Mark took the chair at the computer tonight while I sat at the back awaiting a visit from Sonia, our local photo print shop owner.
Tonight Mark returned to the original system where individuals were asked their opinions on photos displayed. This is always a good way to get people to think out loud about what they see. As usual we had a great contribution of memory sticks. One of the most outstanding set were from Michael back from his trip to Kenya. His photos of wildlife were amazing, especially the lions. Also in his collection were some beautiful macro shots of flowers where he had enhanced them with a spray or two, or three, of water. Some great magnifying drops though.
We debated Julies photo of an orange boat in harbour and its reflections.
Harry produced some photos of the eclipse of the sun taken in 2001 South Africa using Welders Glass as a filter. The photos were scanned from prints.
Alli brought along her fathers Olympus film camera with split prism manual focus. Noel kindly spent some time instructing her on its operation.
Before departing a request was put out for some to bring biscuits for our next night. Our supply has dwindled.
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