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by JB Burke

Q.  I have a computer that I use primarily for email and some web browsing. I’d like to be able to do more, but I don’t want to mess up my computer if I make mistakes. I’m also getting into digital photography, and I’d like to work with photos on my computer. Can you suggest ways to increase my skill level?

A.  There are many resources available to help you improve your computer skills. There are online computer courses (Google “free online computer courses”) to start. To get you up to speed on Digital Photography, enter “free online digital photo courses” into Google (or your favorite search engine) and you will find many useful results. Also, OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) has occasional introductory computer courses, as well as Digital Photography classes at Yavapai College, right here in Prescott.  Link

One more suggestion I’d make is this: check out the Prescott Computer Society (PCS). Our meetings cover a wide range of computer hardware and software topics. We also have more specialized sessions on such subjects as Internet (how to safely browse, and how to get the most out of the Internet) and Digital Photography (both taking pictures and working with them on the computer). Most members of the PCS are not computer experts, but people like yourself who are curious, want to learn more and aren’t afraid to ask questions, which our expert members are happy to help answer. To see a schedule of upcoming meetings, and learn more about the PCS, go to our home page.

Published: Courier 12/6/09 - Page 5C