Here's some ways the New Westminster Public Library can help you take better photos

Whether you are an aspiring photographer, like to post photos on social media or just enjoy taking pictures, the library offers many photography resources to inform and inspire you. 

New Westminster residents with a library card can access Lynda.com, an online educational resource that offers technology instruction – including photography – for free. You can choose from over 600 photography courses by topic, duration of course, and skill level. I’m currently working on one of the five-day photo challenges on portraiture and have learned a lot from the photography foundations and travel photography options. Check out nwpl.ca/technology/lyndacom.

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Ben Hawkins’ Practical Photography Digital Camera School is divided into easy-to-follow sections full of practical advice, techniques and instruction.

The well-laid out Advanced Photography Guide by David Taylor is suitable even for beginning photographers. Concepts such as composition and exposure are clearly introduced and are followed by a hands-on section with step-by-step, illustrated instructions. 

Browsing through the photographs in Tom Ang’s Digital Photography: An Introduction will definitely unleash your creativity. It is filled with tips and information that will boost your confidence.

Taking great photos does not require an expensive camera.Smart Phone Smart Photography by Jo Bradford is an informative tool to help anyone who loves taking pictures with their camera phone.

After immersing yourself in Styling for Instagram by Leela Cyd your photos will be extraordinary before you know it. This book encourages you to see the world in a different way.

Finally, check out a digital magazine, such as Digital Photo Pro (www.rbdigital.com/newwestminsterbc/magazines). The stunning photos in National Geographic and Conde Nast Traveler will surely inspire you.

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