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21st Century Kids: Behind the Camera Lens

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Young person taking a picture of two cute dogs.
“There are always two people in every picture: The photographer and the viewer"—Ansel Adams

“Photography is about light, composition and, most importantly, emotion.”—Larry Wilder

The use of cell phones and digital cameras make it easy to capture images and special moments with the click of a button. This was not always the case. In the past, both taking and developing images was a time-consuming process. Today, the ease of digital technology has eliminated the need for dark rooms and cumbersome equipment. To appreciate the present, delving into history provides a perspective on how photography has evolved over time.


Photographic History and Influencers

Book cover for The History Of Photography
The History Of Photography
Vallencourt, Margaret and Poolos, Christine

Book cover for Black And White Photographs To Instagram
Black And White Photographs To Instagram
Colby, Jennifer

Book cover for The 12 Most Influential Photographs Of All Time
The 12 Most Influential Photographs Of All Time
Ventura, Marne

Book cover for Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon
Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon
Greenberg, Jan

Book cover for Dorothea's Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth
Dorothea's Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth
Rosenstock, Barb

Book cover for Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America
Weatherford, Carole Boston

Book cover for Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature
Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature
Jenson-Elliott, Cynthia L.

Techniques and Tricks

Digital formats make photography accessible to kids of all ages. However, photography today is more than capturing images to preserve memories. Kids have the option of sharing, editing, and transforming an image with special techniques and computer software. Here is a small sampling of photography books that inspire taking images to the next level.

Book cover for Photography
Photography
Hubbard, Suzie

Book cover for Camera Tricks
Camera Tricks
Green, Sara

Book cover for Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies are Real
Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies are Real
Nobleman, Marc Tyler

Book cover for Sharing Photos Online
Sharing Photos Online
Lovett, Amber


 

 

 

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