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Basic Digital Photography

By Janis Test: Information Services Manager/Abilene Public Library



If you enjoy photography but would like to upgrade your skills, plan to attend a free Basic Digital Photography workshop at the Abilene Public Library the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 12.Three members of Abilene’s West Texas Photographic Society will lead the workshop beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s second floor auditorium at 202 Cedar Street. Participants are encouraged to bring their cameras and the owner’s manual for some hands on instruction. {{more}} “We’ll focus on how an understanding of exposure, composition and depth of field will combine to make for great photographic work,” according to Ron Longwell, president of the society.Longwell is a nature photographer and writer who grew up in Pennsylvania and at the age of 16 began photographing nature in the Allegheny Plateau. He earned a wildlife degree from Penn State and later studied forestry at the University of Montana. Although his first love and specialty is nature photography, he also enjoys shooting what he has come to call “Arcadian Portraits”, photographing people in the natural settings that mean the most to them.Longwell’s images have been published in “Texas Highways” magazine, the Abilene Reporter-News and “Professional Bowhunter” magazine. In addition to his own blog, his writing has appeared in Black Star Rising, a group photography blog. His professional website is Lifelong Abilenian Steve Templeton operates Texas Photo Rental where he rents professional grade photography and studio equipment. His love of photography was inherited from his father and from early youth has enjoyed the hobby. While his first camera was a Kodak 126 Instamatic, he now enjoys the benefits of today’s digital SLRs, and like Longwell, specializes in nature photography. His advice is to shoot often, experiment and then evaluate one’s images. His personal website is Steve Morrow also took up the hobby in his teens using his father’s 35mm camera and did photography for his high school yearbook. Following high school he worked for a professional studio lab learning what it takes to produce quality prints. Since 2006 he has been shooting weddings and portraits. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His website is

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