Improving Your Photography Skills

Would you like to take your photography to the next level? Here are some  resources to help you learn how to take good pictures. You can take our online courses from The Great Courses, Gale Courses and Universal Class  at, available to Livingston Library card holders. You can also  read digital magazines and ebooks, or just check out some books from Livingston Library. 

Smartphone Photography

Episode 17 of Fundamentals of Photography II

The Great Courses

Video 27 mins

Just because you’re using a smartphone to take photos doesn’t mean you should be satisfied with lackluster shots. Transform how you use your smartphone’s camera and work smarter with panoramic shots, different filters, and much more. The end result: photos that stand out from the millions posted online every day.

Human Portrait Photography 

Episode 9 of Fundamentals of Photography II

The Great Courses

Video 34 mins

There are average, everyday portraits–and then there are unforgettable portraits. Focus here on candid, environmental portrait photographs outside the studio. You’ll learn professional tips that can allow you to create deeper connections between the portrait’s viewer and its subject.

Drive-By Photography: Travel Photos

Episode 9 of Fundamentals of Photography II

The Great Courses

Video 32 mins

When you’re traveling by car, boat, or plane, you’re often not in control of what you can photograph. However, you can still use the photographer’s expert eye to get interesting shots. Journey with Mr. Melford to fascinating international locales and learn how to turn impossible situations into rewarding challenges.

Black-and-White Photography

Episode 15 of Fundamentals of Photography II

The Great Courses

Video 31 mins

Fall in love all over again with black-and-white photography, which looks great in just 

about any light and allows you to create compositions and moods you could never achieve with color photography. As Professor Sartore demonstrates, it’s a powerful way of getting to the essence of your subject.

Photographing People With Your Digital Camera

Gale Courses

Video  24 hours

Photographing people can be fun, exciting, and complicated! This course will make taking beautiful pictures of adults, children, and babies simple. You will start with the basic principles you need to know in order to become a people photographer. You will discover the best way to shoot faces, fix common close-up problems, and use digital photo editing techniques to retouch your photos and make other improvements.

Secrets of Better Photography

Gale Courses

Video  24 hours

Secrets of Better Photography will teach you how to take outstanding photos. Whether you use a DSLR, a point-and-shoot camera, or your phone for your photography, you will learn how to get the best results from your camera.

Each lesson includes exercises and assignments, so you can apply what you learned to your own camera. By the time you finish, you will see a difference in both your photographer’s eye and your photos.

Digital Photography With the Iphone

Universal Class

Self-Paced, Online Class

It doesn’t matter if you simply want to take better pictures of your kids or if you want to use the iPhone camera professionally–if you want to take better pictures with the iPhone, this class is for you. Over the course of 15 lessons, we’ll discuss how to take pictures with the iPhone, how to troubleshoot the most common issues, and the best photo apps available.

l Photography with the iPhone

Smart Photography

Oct 01 2021


Smart Photography brings you the latest updates in the world of photography every month. The magazine has a rich readership that include both amateur and professional photographers and the ever-growing community of photography enthusiasts. To cater to such broad readership, Smart Photography leverages on original content in the form of news, equipment reviews, tutorials, Photoshop techniques, interviews of photographers, technical features, and portfolio of photographers.

The Ultimate Photography Beginners’ Guide


Everything you need to master photography! At its simplest level, taking a picture is done to record an event or capture a memory; taking a selfie, or a snap of loved ones on holiday, perhaps. This is how most of us have been introduced to photography. Our camera phones have become our first point of contact with the world of photography and, for many, it can lead on to more creative pastures with the purchase of a more advanced device such as a Compact System Camera or a DSLR. 

Photo basics : the ultimate beginner’s guide to great photography by Joel Sartore


This entertaining book from beloved National Geographic photographer and Photo Ark founder Joel Sartore shows aspiring photographers how to take great pictures, from framing and F-stops to editing and archiving. Whether you’re using your phone or a DSLR camera, you’ll learn the fundamentals of photography–and how to put them to work every day.

The iPhone photography book : how to get professional-looking images using the camera you always have with you by Scott Kelby


The world’s #1 best-selling photography techniques author is about to break all the rules as he shows you how to apply the same techniques today’s top pro photographers use to make stunning images. You’re going to learn exactly how to use these techniques to create images that people will just not believe you could actually take with a phone (but with the quality of the iPhone’s camera, you absolutely can!).

Lonely Planet’s best ever photography tips by Richard I’Anson  


Sharpen your skills and your pictures with this updated edition of Lonely Planet’s bestselling Best Ever Photography Tips . Featuring 45 practical tips and ten golden rules from award-winning travel photographer Richard I’Anson, it’s packed with insight into the creative and technical skills required to produce brilliant images.

Digital Photography FAQs by Jeff Wignall

Print  Ebook

Straightforward, clear answers to the most commonly asked digital photography questions

What’s the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom? Do more megapixels equate to better photo quality? Why is there a delay after I push the shutter release button before I can take another picture? If you?ve ever asked a question concerning digital photography and wished you had a helpful resource to provide you with clear, reliable answers, then look no further.

The photographer’s black and white handbook : making and processing stunning digital black and white photos

Print  Ebook

The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook is your complete guide to making and processing stunning black and white photos in the digital era. You’ll find inspiration, ideas, techniques, and tools to use in your black and white photography, along with a soup-to-nuts workflow to take you from black and white pre-visualization through capture and post-production.

Hongmei, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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