Family photos have been shared with family and friends for decades - bringing a sense of pride to the owner. In an attempt to produce the cutest or most unusual photo, amateur photographers may sometimes go a little too far.

There is a book titled "Awkward Family Photos," by Mike Bender, which proves this fact. If you would like to read up on photography, so your photo doesn't end up in a book such as Mr. Bender's, your library can help. The following are two of our newer books on the topic.

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"The Advanced Photography Guide: expert Techniques to Take Your Digital Photography to the Next Level," by David Taylor.

Featuring a comprehensive range of topics from experimenting with lenses, exposure, and aperture to useful post-production techniques, easy step-by-step tutorials help you master the functions on your camera and develop exciting new techniques. As well as refreshing existing knowledge, you will learn more advanced skills, such as how to freeze movement, use filters, and create brilliant images from multiple exposures. You'll discover how to compose shots better, use simple framing and cropping techniques effectively, and explore light and shadow to create maximum impact. Inspiring suggestions for projects show how to explore themes ranging from close-ups and portraits to street scenes, landscapes, and the night sky, while useful tips and hints help you think creatively, tackle "difficult" subjects, and troubleshoot problems.

"Real Life Family Photography: Capture Love and Joy through the Ages and Stages," by Amy Drucker.

Go beyond the birthday snapshot and learn how to take inspired and un-posed family photographs that capture the ages and stages of family life. "Real Life Family Photography" puts an end to awkward family photos, encouraging you to take inspiration from the everyday details, while offering tips on fundamental techniques such as exposure, composition, lighting and focus.

Library happenings

The library is hosting an Advanced Beginner Knitting Class this Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. Those with some knitting experience are encouraged to join us for a free class. Learn how to read patterns, gauge properly, perform increases and decreases, blocking and seaming and more! This class is offered free of charge but registration is required. Register by calling the library at 218-847-2168. All are welcome!

The library is also hosting a Writers' Group on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. Those interested in creative writing are encouraged to tell their stories and discuss writing tips, ideas and more. This event is offered free of charge and will be held in the library's main meeting room. No registration is required.

Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to the library for Storytime on Thursday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

Baby Bounce is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Enjoy songs, stories, flannel board and action poems designed specifically for infants and toddlers, plus their caregivers!

"An Evening with Paul Schurke" is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theater. Famed musher and Outside Magazine's "Adventurer of the Year," Paul Schurke will visit the Holmes Theater to share about dog sledding expeditions and adventures which retraced the routes of past explorers. Paul and his wife Susan own and operate Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, the nation's only lodge devoted exclusively to dog sledding. This special Polar Fest event is offered free of charge by the Detroit Lakes Public Library, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Library hours

The library's regular hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and all national holidays.

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL), a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at, and the library's app, LARL Mobile, is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.

For more information on local library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 1000 Washington Ave.