At the Library
Many of the patrons who see me at the library probably don’t know that I also have a love of photography. I went to Hawkeye Community College and majored in Portrait Photography. Last year, one of the librarians suggested I have a photography workshop to teach teens in grades six through 12 about basic photography techniques.
I had a great turnout to my workshop and asked the kids if they were interested in a photography club that would meet monthly. The kids loved the idea! The photography club was born.
The group gave me a list of topics they would like to learn about. Some topics we talked about last year were pet photography, food photography, landscape photography, and using unique lighting. We would even venture out of the library sometimes. We’d walk around town practicing posing and taking creative shots of familiar places. While learning about pet photography, we even had a special guest. My family dog, Riley, made his first and probably only visit to the library. It was great for the group to use a live model and see how challenging pet photography could be! Riley made a lot of new friends that day!
The photography club meets the first and last Thursday of every month. On the first Thursday of the month the group will learn about a new topic or technique. Then I will give an assignment so they can get out, shoot, and apply what they learned. They e-mail me their best shot. We look over them at the next meeting.
The critique has been a great learning experience for the group. They learn to be able to pick out the good things in a photograph and things that could be improved.
We took a break over the summer and just started back up this September.
The first assignment this year was self-portraits. I thought it would be a great thing for the group to do. A lot is learned by taking your own picture. If you can pose yourself, it is easier for you to pose other people. If you’re thinking, “Well, I can’t be in the club because I don’t have a really nice camera or a camera at all” — well, you can! You don’t need an expensive camera to be in the club. A simple point and shoot will work. If you don’t have a camera the library has one you can use on the library grounds.
Our meeting time is 4 p.m. We meet on the second floor of the Washington Public Library. The club is for grades six through 12. No registration is required. If you have any questions feel free to call the library.
The following new materials are available at the Washington Public Library.
The Forgotten by David Baldacci, The Little Amish Matchmaker by Linda Byer, Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
Large Print Fiction
The Forgotten by David Baldacci, A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans
Young Adult Fiction
If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Where She Went by Gayle Forman, Zom-B by Darren Shan
The Big Question by John R. Erickson
Red Cat Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond, The Ant & the Grasshopper by Rebecca Emberley, Mice by Rose Fyleman, Hush Little Monster by Denis Markell, We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger, Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds