photography

Introduction to Photography

Are you a new to photography? Did you recently start taking pictures? The Kingwood Photo Club has just the workshop for you! Join us in the Meeting Room on Saturday, August 12th from 10:30 AM - 1 PM for Introduction to Photography. You will learn the basics from how your camera works to the elements of composition and lighting. Register online here or by calling 281-360-6804.

Black & White Photography Class

Photography fans, this Saturday, July 8th from 10 AM - 12:30 PM is a class on Black and White Photography taught by Kingwood Photo Club. Why would anyone take black and white images in this vibrant world? It used to be the only way we communicated photographically. Learn the art of black and white, what to look for, and how to process your images. Self-register online or by calling 281-360-6804.

(image courtesy of Mark Haywood)

Photography: Introduction to Lightroom

Photography enthusiasts: are you seeking to gain familiarity with a photo editing software? Chuck Dugand of the Kingwood Photo Club will demonstrate techniques that are used for Adobe Lightroom on Saturday, May 13th from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM in the Training Lab. No registration is necessary.  Join us!

(image courtesy of www.dpreview.com)

Upcoming MFAH Exhibition Explores War through Photography

Cover Art: Photo by Brady: A Picture of the Civil WarAs horrifying as war is, there is no arguing the fact that much great art has arisen from its ashes: Homer’s Iliad, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five in literature, Picasso’s Guernica, Goya’s The Disasters of War in visual art, Grand Illusion and Apocalypse Now in cinema, but no medium has captured war, and all its chaos and misery and valor, the way photography has.

This Veteran’s Day, November 11, The Museum of Fine Arts – Houston will debut the exhibition, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath. Spanning 165 years and six continents, the exhibit explores the experience of war through the eyes of photographers.

Bad Habits

Do you have a habit of cutting people's heads off and blurring people out of your life? If you do, you're either a mob boss or a bad photographer. If your problem involves taking pictures, we can certainly help. If you're a mob boss, you're out of luck.

Grab a couple of these guides at your local HCPL branch and you will never have to worry about messing up your vacation photos again.

The Civil War in Pictures

The Civil War: an Illustrated HistoryI’m a big fan of picture books for adults.  I’ve come across a new one published by the makers of TIME Magazine that also combines my interest in history.  The Civil War: an Illustrated History is full of actual photos of the time mixed with interesting stories you may not have heard.  For instance, see before-and-after photos of one of the few women that served in the military during this time.  When her husband was called to war, she wasn’t c

Amazing Images at 1x.com

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Shh, don't tell everyone, but here is one of my favorite websites for viewing absolutely stunning photography.  1x.com has everything from nature and landscapes to humour and abstracts.  Be sure to check out the Creative Edit section with images that have been photoshopped. 

Pioneer Woman Cooking

The Pioneer Woman If you've never heard of the Pioneer Woman, you've been missing out.  Miss out no longer because here's the scoop: Ree Drummond, otherwise known as the Pioneer Woman, lives in Oklahoma on a cattle ranch and loves to cook.  Originally from Los Angeles, this city dweller ended up marrying a cowboy and settling down on a farm.  She has been blogging about her ranch experiences and cooking adventures on her website since 2005. 

On the shelf: Blue Plate Special

One of the things I enjoy most about working at the Kingwood Branch Library is finding a new-to-me book and author. One recent discovery was Blue Plate Special: A Novel of Love, Loss and Food by Frances Norris. I was drawn to the book by the cover art and the back-cover copy by Elinor Lipman, one of my favorite authors, and I was not disappointed.

Photo Books

The AmericansMy head always turns when I see a photography book sitting face out on a shelf. It’s probably a throwback from when I was little and only liked books with pictures. But now I can appreciate “picture books” with more grown-up themes. The latest one I’ve come across is a re-issue of The Americans by Robert Frank with black-and-white pictures from the 1950s. The faces of the people and the moments Frank captured are sometimes comical, sometimes haunting. Most of all they give you a picture of who we Americans were not so long ago.

 

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