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By: Elizabeth Cate
For: Red Rock News
Date: October 22
, 2010

Explore Photography at Sedona Public Library

October is a busy time at Sedona Public Library, and the Sedona Camera Club exhibit is one of the month’s highlights. On display through October 31, this colorful collection of dozens of print images created by Sedona photographers can be viewed in the library’s center stacks.

Of course, local and regional landscapes, archaeological sites, plants, and wildlife are prominently featured photographic subjects. However, the exhibit also contains images that club members have taken in foreign countries such as Vietnam, Egypt, and Argentina. It even includes surrealistic photographs.   

The Sedona Camera Club was founded in 1952, and its mission, according to its web site, is to “provide area photographers with an opportunity to improve their photographic skills and knowledge and share what they have learned with others who have the same interest.”  The group holds monthly meetings, and its activities include photographic competitions, workshops, field trips, and the annual library print exhibition, which will be transferred from Sedona Public Library to Cottonwood Public Library for the month of November.

If you are motivated by the talents of Sedona photographers to try your hand at this rewarding hobby, you will find some helpful resources in the library’s photography section. The books mentioned below provide guidance for photographers possessing different skill levels, from beginning to expert. The library also offers materials for those who simply prefer to look—for instance, the works of celebrated photographers like Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Photographing Your Family: And All the Kids and Friends and Animals Who Wander Through Too. Written by National Geographic magazine photographer Joel Satore, this book provides accessible how-to advice for amateurs who want to take better family photographs. It is filled with amusing and touching photographs of the author’s family and covers topics like how to select a camera, take portraits, and display and store family pictures.

Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos. The dark and clear Sedona night skies offer the perfect conditions for taking astrophotos—images of planets, moons, stars, and galaxies. Stefan Seip’s astrophotography book contains step-by-step instructions for producing photographs of celestial objects. Even novices can participate, the author claims, stating that “beautiful results are possible with rather small telescopes and inexpensive digital cameras.” Additionally, advanced techniques and specialized equipment are discussed.

National Audubon Society Guide to Landscape Photography. Opportunities for taking dramatic landscape photographs in Northern Arizona are limitless. Tim Fitzharris’s gorgeous handbook teaches aspiring photographers how to shoot landforms, still and flowing water, and skyscapes. Basics of composition, perspective, camera operation, and processing are addressed. Moreover, the author outlines the requirements of photographing in particular natural settings, such as ocean, desert, and woodland locations.            

Photographing Arts, Crafts, and Collectibles: Take Great Digital Photos for Portfolios, Documentation, or Selling on the Web. High-quality photographs are essential for artists and collectors marketing their products. This guide to producing professional-looking photos for print or web publication is of interest to jewelry makers, sculptors, painters, and collectibles dealers. Author Steve Meltzer explains photographic principles in addition to offering tips for using models for wearable art and documenting shows in galleries and museums.

Please check our events calendar for information about future exhibits (accessible through the Events link on Upcoming displays include the Quilts Display starting at the end of the year and the Northern Arizona Watercolor Display beginning in February. Whatever the exhibit, chances are, you will find resources at Sedona Public Library to further educate and inspire you.

Elizabeth Cate
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Elizabeth Cate is Collection Development Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.