Digital photography is becoming more and more popular as smartphones include cameras with higher pixel counts and even, in some cases, a physical zoom lens.
If you would like to improve your photography skills, plan to attend a free workshop, Basic Digital Photography, at 6:30PM Tuesday at the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library, 1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
The hour long workshop will be hosted by Ron Longwell, Steve Templeton and Steve Morrow, members of Abilene's West Texas Photographic Society. Participants are encouraged to bring their own cameras and instruction manuals for hands-on instruction.
The Abilene Public Library also offers year round access to books on photography, including Digital Photography: Click, Then What? by Chuck Clifton and Digital Photography Essentials by Tom Ang, as well as an online database, Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center, which provides access to articles on a wide variety of hobbies, including photography.
Clifton's book provides step-by-step instructions on everything from how to scan old photos into digital format to how to create a wedding slideshow. Clifton is direct and no-nonsense in his approach, and packs a lot of information into a small amount of space. At less than 100 pages, this book is a quick resource for the beginning photographer.
Ang's book is a heftier proposition. At more than 300 pages, this book really delves into the process and artistry of digital photography. Focusing less on how to navigate photo editing or printing, Ang's book is, as the cover states, "a practical and inspiring guide that will take you from beginner to confident, creative photographer."
The Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center database provides many resources that otherwise would not easily be available, including articles from subject-specific journals such as "Popular Photography" and "Shutterbug." It can be accessed from our website, www.abilenetx.com/apl. Just follow the E-Resources link on the left side of the homepage to find a list of all of our databases. Have your library card number handy to sign in, and you are good to go.
Whether or not you come to Tuesday's digital photography workshop, these resources and more are available to you at the Abilene Public Library. We do hope, however, that you take advantage of the opportunity to learn from several top-notch photographers.
For more information, call 325-437-7323. We hope to see you there.
Article Contributed by Susannah Barrington, Library Assistant at the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library