Picture This:  Your community’s photography interests covered

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By Tina Creguer

Jay, a young professional, has always been interested in photography.  And now he finally has the time (sort of) and resources to pursue that interest more seriously.  He’s done with taking photos on his iPhone and trying to pass them off as artistic works.  Time to learn some real skills to make the most of his new digital camera.  He has found some free how-to videos online, but wants more reliable and professional instruction.  Where can he turn for expert resources?

More than 26 million people in the US participated in photography in 20101 – with varying levels of expertise.  With the lower cost of quality digital cameras making them more accessible than ever and the increasingly “photo-centric” nature of communications (especially with social media), this hobby is gathering steam.

Libraries are the perfect place to create, learn, explore and make. In this spirit, some libraries have incorporated photography and digital arts into a makerspace area, providing workshops, equipment and software, and creative collaboration opportunities.

Now you can enrich the artistic environment further for people like Jay by providing quality eBooks and online education resources that can help them become better photographers. Your library can be at the center of their creative pursuits, helping them develop their skills and expand their hobby into a lifelong passion and art form. From eBooks to six-week Gale Courses, you can provide skill-building resources that patrons can access anytime, anywhere.

Resources include:

  • Gale Courses, which offer over 25 different online, instructor-led courses in photography. Help patrons improve their digital photography skills, discover a new hobby, or learn more about editing software with in-depth training such as:
    • Discover Digital Photography
    • Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera
    • Photographing People with Your Digital Camera
    • Photoshop CC for the Digital Photographer
    • Introduction to Digital Scrapbooks
  • GVRL, our award-winning eBook platform, which allows users to search across all eBooks at one time. So, patrons can find practical information from many validated reference sources in one sitting – either in the library or from the comfort of their own home.  And, for those who prefer to access from their mobile device, they can download information in PDF format directly to their eReader. We offer nearly 50 eBooks focused on photography, including a collection from David Busch, the world’s #1 selling digital camera guide author. Busch’s guides are award-winning and a must for those looking to hone their photography skills and capture image and footage with professional expertise. Gale offers titles, which cover the diverse range of skill level and interest of your patrons:

Learn about all our resources for The Photographer.  Access a free trial to eBooks for The Photographer today!  Or, contact your Gale representative or call 1-800-877-GALE to add these titles to your collection.

tina.creguerAbout the Author

Tina has been a library fan-girl since childhood, when she visited weekly with her family.  She can be found many mornings standing outside her hometown library at opening time, waiting to nab a study room.



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