Learn Photography this Summer with CSN Libraries!

By Stephanie Espinoza Villamor
Published on 7 July, 2020

Is quarantine life making it hard to focus? Need to develop a hobby that gets you outdoors or can be done with social distancing? If you’re already an amateur shutterbug using your smartphone camera, now might be the perfect time to up your photo game in a snap! Why not learn something new with CSN Libraries photography resources?

Though our campus libraries are closed, that doesn’t mean you can’t read through a good ebook to learn more about the basics of photography or even more advanced techniques. Our Safari/O’Reilly collection has a multitude of online photography books that cover digital photography, photography as art, lighting techniques, and more.

Want something a little more visual? We have videos on photography too! The 3-part series in our Films on Demand collection called “Photography Skills and Techniques” covers shooting, lighting, composition, and Photoshop with each video just under 12 minutes long. You can also search in Films on Demand using the keyword “photography” to find more on its history, techniques, and styles.

Want to go even more in-depth? Our Kanopy film collection offers “Fundamentals of Photography,” part 1 and part 2, from National Geographic. With 24 episodes in each part and each episode about 30 minutes long, you can pick and choose the specifics you want to learn, or watch them all for an overarching study on everything from equipment to settings, with plenty of example videos to help you figure it all out.

And if you want to turn this quarantine hobby into more of a career, CSN has its own Commercial Photography program where you can earn an AAS degree that prepares you for the industry. From portraits and weddings to food, sports, and fashion, you’ll be trained to work in a field that can be both creative and profitable during these times. You have until August 26 to register for fall classes!

If you have trouble accessing any library content as a CSN student or faculty member, be sure to Ask a Librarian. Even if you decide not to go all in on a hobby, we have a lot of resources and navigation techniques to help you give photography a shot.