I’d like to invite you to follow the Boston Public Library’s new Teen Services Instagram account, @bplbostonteens. In our feed you’ll find pics of the variety of programs happening across the system, book recommendations, fun facts, and get to know the community of your teen library spaces. Please check it out!
Camera phones are ubiquitous enough to have made social apps like Instagram and Snapchat huge hits. Beyond ways of sharing and communicating with our photos, a plethora of apps have been developed to make our on-the-fly snapshots look unique and polished. From apps for iOS, Android, and Microsoft, such as Pixlr that allow you to both edit and get wildly creative with your pictures, to YouCam Perfect designed to let you touch up (or radically distort) your selfies, there are fun options that allow amateur photographers to create works of art. There are lots of fun web resources with tutorials and photography guidance, for example, one that focuses on the iPhone is iphonephotographyschool.com
Adobe software such as Photoshop and Lightroom are professional tools for photo editing and manipulation. For a taste of this software, or for use on the go, check out the free mobile app versions of Photoshop and Lightroom for your phone. For those looking for greater control and exposure to the full desktop version of these professionals tools, the Lab at Teen Central, at the Central Library in Copley Square, provides access to Adobe Creative Cloud products. The library is also a great place to explore books about digital photography. One title is an eBook specifically about tips, tricks, and getting the most from your camera phone, Clever Digital Photography Ideas: Starting to Make the Most From your Camera or Camera Phone. With your library card you have access to digital magazine collections where you can read the latest copy, and back-issues, of Popular Photography.
Whether photography is your passion or not, the library is a place where you can pursue any of your hobbies and interests. Let us know how we can help!
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams
Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.
*”Ctrl+Z” is all about fearlessly exploring technology. Look here for info about teens, technology, and having fun with new media by Catherine, Teen Technology Coordinator at Teen Central, on the fourth Friday of every month.