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Fall is ripe with photographic opportunities

This book, Digital Photo Madness, is designed to help budding photographers explore the possibilities of digital imagery. It is one of several photography resources available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library.

Life is bustling in the fall! School and extracurricular activities are in full swing, harvest is winding down, we're scrambling for Halloween costumes, we're making plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas and the list goes on and on!

Life seems to go by in a blur but don't let the photos you take to document it have the same problem.

Now, before all the holidays, is a great time to work on your photographic skills. Life goes so fast, capturing life's precious moments skillfully in photos is very important. How many family photos have you seen with heads cut off or lighting so bad you're not sure what you're looking at? Don't let this happen to your photos.

The library has a nice collection of books on photography, including those on digital photography highlighted below. Come to the Detroit Lakes Library to capture life's precious moments!

n The Joy of Digital Photography, by Jeff Wignall. Author Jeff Wignall has already won a legion of fans with The Joy of Photography, and this new work will capitalize on that franchise.

Wignall encourages photographers of all skill levels; his easy-to-grasp explanations of technique and equipment, and his inspirational attitude distinguish The Joy of Digital Photography from any other digital manual. Everything is covered: digital vision, digital tools (cameras, lenses and accessories), common problems and solutions, exposure and flash, working with light, handling weather and mood, travel and landscape photography, portraiture, and sports photography.

There is also a section dedicated to post-production including seeing, sharing, and storing digital images, basic desktop printing, the digital darkroom, a Photoshop primer and much more.

n How to Photograph Absolutely Everything: Successful Pictures from your Digital Camera, by Tom Ang. This comprehensive step-by-step guide to photographing an unbelievably wide range of subjects includes hundreds of inspirational images, each of which is accompanied by detailed step-by-step instructions.

From sporting events and safaris to family gatherings and flowers, this is the most comprehensive photography manual ever assembled.

n Digital Photo Madness! 50 Weird & Wacky Things to Do with Your Digital Camera, by Thom Gaines. Kids are crazy for digital photography: it's hip and it offers instant gratification. With this appealing, irreverent companion to The Kids' Guide to Digital Photography, children 10 years and up can go wild with the new technology.

It explains everything a kid needs to know about digital photography, from using the camera to coordinating it with the computer, printer, and scanner to manipulating the images.

Budding photographers can explore such fun topics as Cool Shots, Simple Photo Manipulations, Color Your World, Combining Photos, Majorly Manipulated, and Funky Photos. Then, armed with this knowledge, they can dive right into 50 cool, inventive activities and turn their friends into aliens, make a Warhol-esque pop art masterpiece, and create a "trapped-in-the-computer" screen saver!

The Detroit Lakes Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.

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