Editor’s note: Today continues a series of feature front pages from Sampson Community College’s photography classes in Levels 2-4. Classes resume in the fall for Digital Do’s and Don’ts, Shutterbugs II and Shutterbugs III. To register, call SCC at 910-592-8081 and ask for the Continuing Education Department.
Donna Maguire leaned closer to the fence encircling the aviary at Don and Ann Butler’s house, being ever so quiet as she focused her camera on the brightly colored golden pheasant that looked as if he were posing for her.
She snapped once, then again, and then again, grinning with each click of the shutter.
“I think I got one,” she exclaimed to the other Shutterbugs II students meandering the property during one of many field trips the Sampson Community College photography class has gone on during the 10-week course.
For the second, third and fourth year students, being outside with their cameras, going everywhere from Wilmington to photograph the battleship to Washington, D.C. to capture the amazing sites of the nation’s capitol, has helped them to hone their skills and learn more about light, shadows and reflections. These are some of the many things, instructor Gloria Edwards teaches as she aims for students to love taking pictures and having fun doing it.
Maguire and her classmates have obviously caught the photography bug as they happily snap away at all the birds and ducks on the Butler property.
“I love photography more and more,” Maguire attested. “I think it’s because I understand things better now and that has given me more confidence in myself and my ability.”
Paula Carter and Regina Williams agree.
“I’ve been working hard on focusing and I’ve taken hundreds of pictures. I can see my progress and that makes me feel good,” Williams pointed out.
“I feel the same,” Carter stressed. “The more pictures I take, the more confidence I have in what I’m doing.”
And that, Edwards points out, is what she tries to instill in all her students, whether it’s the first time they’ve pulled the camera out of the box or the umpteenth time they’ve zoomed in for a close-up.
“I want them to take lots and lots of pictures, look for those special shots and have fun doing it.”
To a person, photography students say fun is what they have as they learn lessons about their camera and then practice what they’ve learned on field trips that Edwards finds to take them on during several class sessions.
“I have learned that I get better results the more photographs I take,” noted Don Butler, a second year student himself. “And, after taking lots and lots of pictures, I’ve found that the best pictures I get are either just before daylight or dusk.”
Cindy Gainey and Betty Puryear were among the students who visited Washington with Edwards, and they said they were thrilled to be able to take the field trip and use it as a way of getting better and better at using their camera.
“It was a lot of fun, and so are the classes. I’ve learned a great deal,” Puryear said.