Nexus Nook to Host Photography, Networking Events

Got a DSLR camera and don’t quite know how to use it? On October 17, the Nexus Nook coffee space at the CALS Main Library will host a special introductory workshop called “Off-Auto: How to Get the Most Out of that Nice DSLR Camera,” led by photographer Jeremiah Holman.

The workshop fee of $25 will include instruction, local coffee from Nexus, and pastries. Library parking will be free with validation for participants. The workshop will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Holman is a full-time firefighter who has been pursuing photography for about 7 years, and just started his own LLC for his photography business.

“I decided to put together this class because I really believe anyone can be a photographer,” Holman said. “Photography has evolved so much in the digital age, it gives everyone the chance to capture memories instantly.”

Amy Counce, owner of Nexus Coffee, met Holman through the main Nexus Coffee shop on President Clinton Avenue and saw the potential of his work to help a wide variety of people.  “Jeremiah has a passion to help people and a passion for photography,” she said. “The partnership between Nexus and CALS allows us to bring in programs to support everyone from the soccer parent with a new DSLR camera who doesn’t know how to use it yet to an entrepreneur photographer who needs more training to expand her skills. And they can come get connected in a welcoming and inspiring space, which is part of the purpose of the Nexus Nook here at the Main Library.”

Participants should register for the workshop here.

Participants will need to bring a DSLR Camera and the camera manual (usually downloadable online), something to take notes with, any lenses, and a fully charged camera battery.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

-Camera settings such as Auto, Manual, Shutter Priority, and Aperture Priority.

-ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture, and how they affect exposure.

-Differences between JPEG and RAW formats, and how they impact image editing.

-How to shoot action shots and how to blur a background, such as a portrait

-General explanation of lenses and how to choose one

(Photo by J. Holman)

“Local Coffee” Networking Supports Local Brands and Businesses

The Nexus Nook at the Main Library will also be the venue for Local Coffee, a networking and support gathering for local businesses and entrepreneurs on the first Monday of every month, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. The event is coordinated by Local First Arkansas,  a nonprofit dedicated to creating and supporting an alliance of locally owned, independent businesses.

Every first Monday, the Local Coffee event will host a different speaker from a local brand. The vibe will be informal and relaxed—attendees can drop in at their convenience to start the month in a positive and supportive way.

Counce aims to help local brands and consultants through partnering with Local First Arkansas.  “Our goal is to create this space for conversation,” Counce said.  “So local business people can not only share their own work but help others grow their business as well.  Local Coffee is a support system within our business community. If we all feel supported, everyone is more successful.”

The next Local Coffee event will take place on Monday, November 4th at 9:30 a.m. Library parking will be free with validation. The Nexus Nook is located on the first floor of the Main Library at 100 Rock Street in downtown Little Rock.

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