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Photography Now and Then

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Want to take a picture? It's simple, right. You just pull out your phone and snap, it's done. Well, photography hasn't always been so easy. In the early days of photography, people had to hold completely still for up to 10 minutes. That's probably why no one is ever smiling in the photos. Then the image had to be processed with casutic chemicals in an extremely dark room. Photography was a time-comsuming, expensive process that often lead to more failed images than successful ones.  

In a new biography of one of the first professional female photographers, Stand There! She Shouted  by Susan Goldman Rubin, we learn how Julia Margaret Cameron turned failure (fuzzy, slightly out of focus photos) into a trademark style. Many of her photographs now hang in the Victoria and Albert Museum in England, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Often using family members as her subjects, a portrait of her great-niece Rachel Gurney taken in 1872 entitled “I Wait” is among one of Cameron's most recognized images.

"I Wait" by Julia Margaret Cameron (1872)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these titles to learn more about how photographs have impacted history and how to take awesome photos of your life and times.

Take better photos with your iPhone

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Tired to taking selfies? Bring your iPhone to the library on Saturday, June 21 to learn tips for taking better photos. We will focus on using the basic camera app and introduce photographic techniques like composition and lighting. Make sure you bring your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

For more great tips, check out these articles.

Tips for iPhone Photography

Tips for taking better photos with your iPhone from a National Geographic photographer.

6 Portrait Lighting Patterns

A step-by-step guide for beginners shows how to achieve different lighting effects in your photos. Most of the effect do not require additional equipment.

 

"Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis" by Timothy Egan

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This is the biography of Edward Curtis, a talented photographer.  His obsession was to photograph and document the American Indian before destruction of their ways. Egan writes is a riveting story of how Curtis spent ten years, sacrificed his marriage and family, finances and health to produce a twenty volume work The North American Indian. The photographs at the end of each chapter are a good accompaniment to the text.

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