Monday, May 3, 2010

May is National Photo Month

May is National Photo Month

The Kid’s Guide to Digital Photography: How to Shoot, Save, Play With, & Print Your Digital Photos
by Jenni Bidner

This is a nonfiction book that focuses on digital photography, and has information on camera basics, how to take pictures, some software that can be used to work with digital photographs, printing the photographs, and ideas for projects or presents. There is a chapter that discusses different types of digital cameras in order to decide which will work best. There is also a chapter on figuring out how to take the best photographs that you can with suggestions on angles and backgrounds. At the end of the book is a glossary.

by Alan Buckingham

This nonfiction book covers all aspects of photography from the camera obscura created during the Renaissance to the digital camera and camera phones of today. There are many pictures of the cameras themselves and photographs that were taken with the camera being discussed. The book also discusses different parts of photography, such as studios, color, movement, film, and developing film. There are also some pages about extreme photography, photography taken of space, and underwater photography. At the end of the book, there is a timeline and a list of museums of photography.

Photographer Mole
by Dennis Haseley and illustrated by Juli Kangas

Mole was a photographer that enjoyed taking portraits. He always took photographs of important events. He was often invited to dinner where he would tell stories about the pictures he had taken. All the pictures he had taken hung in the homes of those he had photographed, but Mole felt that something was missing. He did not know what it was, but it was making him unhappy. Then one day, Mole decided that he needed to go away and find what was missing in his pictures. While Mole is gone, he is missed at dinners. He continues to send them photographs, but he did not seem to find what he was missing. Will Mole be able to find what is missing in his photographs? Will he make it back home again?

by Geraldine McCaughrean

A photographer is involved in a plane crash, but he survives with only a Polaroid camera. Flash is found by a group of people that have never been to a city, and they have no idea what camera or photographs are. After taking a picture of a couple of children, the people are in awe of the little box that can capture moments in time. There are many things of which the people want photographs taken, such as their new cow and warriors. However, Flash only has nine pictures left, and he lets them decide what the photographs should be. Flash is happy that he could introduce photography to this group of people. He also starts trying to lend a hand in the work, but he finds it hard to locate a place in the group where he could be useful. After a feast is given to celebrate the food that they have gathered, Flash is happy to be able to capture these moments that the people will be able to enjoy latter, even if future harvests do not go as well. How will Flash use the rest of the photographs that he has left? Will he be able to get back home?

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