Ask The Nice Guy - GPS Cameras, Fall Classes, Inverted Colors

This is the 13th post in a series called Ask The Nice Guy. In this series I will attempt to provide answers to the various questions I get asked throughout the week.

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in this blog post, boiled down to five word (or less) summaries.

  1. GPS Enabled Cameras
  2. Fall Classes
  3. Inverted Colors On iPad

QUESTION 1: Questions About GPS Enabled Cameras?

I have a question about digital cameras that are equipped with GPS. During one or two of the classes I took from you, you demonstrated how a GPS assisted camera is capable of indicating on a map where a particular photo was taken. I’m assuming that in order to do that, you need a particular app. Is that app already on my iMac & iPad, or do I have to download it?

The Photo app that comes with the iPad has the ability to show where a photo was taken if GPS data is present in the photo. On the Mac, iPhoto 09 and iPhoto 11 also have the GPS functionality built in. You will find the map with your photos displayed by tapping or clicking on Places.

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 You can view your photos on a map in iPhoto by clicking on Places.

You can view your photos on a map in iPhoto by clicking on Places.

Any recommendations on type of digital camera? I’m leaning towards one with a 20X optical zoom or another camera with a bit more zoom than that. I’ve ruled out the waterproof cameras with GPS because they seem to have only a very basic lens.

I am not a camera expert and I don't consider photography a hobby. I simply like to take pictures at family gatherings and while on vacation. A few years ago, I purchased a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 and I have been very happy with it. Panasonic no longer makes this particular camera, but they do make a newer version of it.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30K has a 20X optical zoom and built in GPS. This is what I would purchase if I was looking to replace my current camera with another one that offers GPS functionality.


QUESTION 2: Fall Classes?

We took all your IPad classes last year at Prior Lake. Just got the new schedule & was wondering if there is anything new we could take or will you be having a refresher class?

During the 2012-2013 school year I offered three primary iPad classes offering a total of six hours of class time.

I offered the following clases last year:

Getting Started With Your iPad

Have questions about your iPad or iPad mini? Join this workshop to get the answers you need. You’ll learn about the hardware and accessories, how to download and organize Apps, how to sync music & photos from your computer and tips for getting the most out of Safari. Bring iPad or iPad mini to class.

Going Further With Your iPad

Do you want to go further with your iPad or iPad mini? In this class, you will learn how to use advanced multi-touch gestures, keyboard shortcuts, and how to copy & paste. We will discuss how to take full advantage of iCloud, and tips for getting the most out of Mail. Bring iPad or iPad mini to class.

Above & Beyond With Your iPad

You won't want to miss this class where we are we will discuss features like AirPlay, FaceTime, GameCenter, iMessage, Newstand, and Notification Center. We will explore the world of e-books and spend time discovering how to get the most out of Siri. You will also hear about some of Mike's favorite apps.

During the 2013-2013 school year I will be offering four primary iPad classes offering a total of eight hours of class time. One thing that I am trying to do a bit different this year is focus on teaching a set number of skills in each class.

I have heard from many students from last year that they plan on taking the courses over this year so that they can get a refresher on what they have already learned and to stay up to date with the new software (iOS 7 comes out sometime in Fall 2013 and will change the way things look and work).

Get To Know Your iPad

Have questions about your iPad or iPad Mini? Join this class to get the answers you need. Learn about the hardware, accessories, Lock Screen, Home Screen, and the App Store. Bring your iPad or iPad mini to class.

This class will be very similar to Getting Started With Your iPad. It is a great first class for anyone who is new to the iPad. Even students who have owned an iPad for a year have got a ton out of this class!

iPad - Beyond The Basics

Learn how to get the most out of Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and iCloud. iCloud allows you to sync information, share photos, locate your device, and backup your iPad. Bring your iPad or iPad mini to class.

This class has a ton of brand new content. There will be a little overlap with Going Further With Your iPad (iCloud & Mail). We will dig into some topics never covered before in any of my classes (Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders). I would encourage anyone who took the classes last year to take this class.

iPad - Tricks Of The Trade

Join this class to learn how to get the most out of Safari, Siri, and Maps. You will learn how to use multi-touch gestures, spell check, copy and paste, and other neat tricks as well! Bring your iPad or iPad mini to class.

This class has a little overlap from Getting Started With Your iPad and Going Further With Your iPad. We will also discuss the Maps app. My plan is to do a deeper dive on Safari than in Getting Started With Your iPad since Safari is one of the most used apps on the iPad.

iPad - Exploring Entertaiment

This class is all about Photos, Music, Videos, and E-Books. Mike will show you how to: sync photos and music from your computer, purchase media from iTunes, use AirPlay, download e-books, and get the most out of the Photos app. Bring your iPad or iPad mini to class.

This class will have a little overlap from Above & Beyond With Your iPad. This should be a neat class as we will be focusing on fun stuff (Music, Movies, TV Shows, Audiobooks, E-Books). I know most people didn't buy their iPad to do work on it all day!


QUESTION 3: Inverted Colors On iPad?

My iPad colors reversed....all dark turned white or light and the light colors turned dark. Any ideas?

This is what your iPad looks like if the colors get inverted.

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Kinda funky! To resolve this problem tap on Settings

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Tap on General then on Accessibility

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Turn the switch for Invert Colors to off.

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