Camera classes a hit at library
By Sarah Einselen
Aspiring photographers filled the sign-up sheets for two recent digital camera workshops at the Galion Public Library. The waiting list for a workshop built around point-and-shoot cameras was so long, an additional workshop is scheduled next month for those who were on it.
Galion photographer Marcheta Gibson taught both the point-and-shoot workshop held on Saturday morning, Jan. 7, and another workshop on how to use a digital single-lens reflex camera held a week later, Jan. 14. The workshops were repeat performances of ones held early last year.
“We’ve had the photography programs a couple of years now and we always have good turnout,” said library director Vicki Eckenrod. A dozen people were on the waiting list for the point-and-shoot workshop, so another was scheduled for Saturday, March 3.
Eckenrod and library public relations coordinator Valerie Waite attributed some of the workshops’ popularity to Gibson’s passion and ability in photography.
“Another reason why I believe the classes are so successful,” Waite said in an e-mail interview, “is that more and more people are getting digital cameras for the first time or get new digital cameras and they need to learn the bells and whistles.” That’s why the workshops have been held shortly after Christmas.
“Photography is a great hobby that is gaining in popularity because cameras are so smart these days that most people can take great shots,” said Gibson in an e-mail interview. “Also, the digital world is a lot more cost efficient than film, which encourages people to take lots of pics.
“Some people who are new to digital photography are a bit intimidated by the change,” Gibson continued. “My goal, which I share with the library, is to teach people that digital photography is not difficult.”
“What happens often in this class is that not only do participants learn from Marcheta, but they learn from each other,” said Waite. “There will be people that come to class and meet someone that has the exact same camera that they do and the two of them are able to share what they’ve learned.”
For more information about library programs, call the Galion Public Library at (419) 468‑3203.