Mike Hope @ Weebly

Hi all,

I was looking around at good blog site set ups and came across weebly. This is a great alternative to wordpress if you want a lot of features and easy ad ins. I put together a site in around an hour as a test and can easily add content. The great thing is you can get a basic site up for FREE, how good is that. I really like the flow and ease of use and think you should take a look if your considering making your own blog. The site also allows easy upgrade for online store and a host of other options. Of course that’s not to say wordpress isn’t the best!!!

Thanks for checking it out,

Mike Hope 


Sunset Music Studio – New Location – Redondo Beach

Hi All,

I just wanted to tell you about a great place to learn all those musical skills you have always wanted to develop, Sunset Learning Studio This is a wonderful learning studios situated in Redondo Beach. The studios have been set up by two wonderful and talanted friends of mine who have created a community feel where learning to express your musical talents is not only fulfilling but full of fun too. From kindergarten to those of us who just want to express our creativity, Sunset Learning Studio has something for everyone!! I know I’ll be going there to brush up on piano or pick up where I left off with that guitar I have in the closet. Why not stop by or send off an email. You’ll be suprised at how just how affordable and fun it can be.

Here is a little about the founders Jan and Nicola,  from their web site Sunset Learning Studio. If you are looking for lessons check them out, the first lesson is FREE!!

Make sure to check out their new location…

South Redondo Location

1203 South PCH, Redondo Beach CA 90277

On the Pacific Coast Highway between Avenues D and E.  (Right next to Vicki’s Antiques)

Were the good people go!!

Sunset Learning Studio – Where learning is a pleasure!!


Sunset Learning Studios:

The Sunset Learning Studio was founded by South Bay musician, Dan Jenks.

After attending the University of Evansville as a trombone Performance Major, Dan toured the US for many years on the east coast as a multi-instumentalist (guitar, sax, flute, keys, and singer-songwriter).  As a freelance music arranger in New York City, he became hooked on studio recording.  Eighteen years ago, Dan moved to California and opened his private recording studio in Redondo Beach.  As a music producer, Dan has recorded, arranged and produced over 70 albums.

More recently, he opened the local and online music store called My Gear Guy (www.mygearguy.com) in the same business complex as his recording studio.  My Gear Guy continues to be a great source for music gear and technical advice for local musicians.

As a member of our music community, Dan saw a need for a special kind of music instruction in the South Bay.  Together with his wife, Nicola McGillicuddy, the Sunset Learning Studio has been created to offer music students an EXCEPTIONAL learning experience – right here, in the South Bay!

The Sunset Learning Studio offers private lessons and music classes in voice (vocals), guitar, drums, piano, bass, and music technology – including Pro Tools, Cubase, Sonar, Logic, Studio Recording, and Modern Music Production.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to tell Dan and Nicola that Mike let you know about their great studios…

Mike Hope

The Power of Photography – National Geographic – 125 years.

This should really be a great exhibit and I can’t wait to check this out. The Power of Photography – National Geographic – 125 yearsIt starts this weekend, October 26th, at the Annenberg Space for Photography at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. The exhibit is FREE and parking is a dollar with Annenberg validation…

National Geographic - Tribute

The Power of Photography

The exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Check it out and let me know what you think….

…I still have a bunch of old National Geographis hard cover, going back to 1927 and beyond., I can’t give them up!!

Thanks again for stopping by,

Mike Hope

Joel Sartore

A photo by Joel Sartore – National Geographic Photographer and Speaker


Free Photography Software: A Guide | Popular Photography

Free Photography Software: A Guide | Popular Photography

Popular Photography

Popular Photography

High Voltage - Mike Hope

High Votage Twisted by Mike-Hope

If you are interested in some really good photo editing software for zero bucks Popular
Photography has some great suggestions. I have tried a few especially Windows Gallery,
which will open Canon RAW files, and Gimp, which is pretty powerfull. There are also some great online editors
that don’t need downloading. Great for when you are in a hurry or on someone elses computer. Photoshop
is one of them and gives some quick edits and filters.

I did this this one with a quick upload and distort in Photoshop Express. Easy!!
Give it a try!!

I also just tried out pixlr this is a great Instagram type fun and fast editor for applying very cool effects. You realy should try this and let me know what you think. The photo below was processed in pixlr.

Roxanna Hope in the Pub UK

A pixlr adjustment!

If you are looking for some cool FREE programs to edit you photos check out the link to Popular Photography