From understanding light to knowing what F-stop to use when switching from automatic to manual focus, students in Gloria Edwards’ Shutterbugs 3 photography class at Sampson Community College focused their attention on the finer points of picture-taking.
But above all else, each one of the third level students will tell you, they feel deeper in love with the art of using a camera to tell a story and to show off the world around them.
Edwards opened the window of learning a little wider, too, taking them deeper into the inter-workings of their cameras while, at the same time, offering them more and more glimpses of the world around them from the photographer’s point of view.
“I want them to see the world through different eyes,” Edwards stressed about her method of teaching, which centers on enjoying the art of photography and the surroundings which become the setting for the pictures they take.
That’s why field trips are an important part of her classes. In the past year, she has taken each of her four classes, as well as the photography club formed from those classes — from Digital Do’s and Don’ts all the way through Shutterbugs 4 — everywhere from her back yard to photograph sunsets and azaleas to the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute to take pictures of the Milky Way. In between there were trips to White Lake and Liberty Hall, the Battleship North Carolina, Washington, D.C. and the golf course at Coharie Country Club where students photographed fountains, attempting to capture white water using their manual settings.
There were also trips around the SCC campus, where bubbles were blown into the evening sky as students snapped away or where blossoming trees became the focal point of a night’s lesson, and a trip to downtown Clinton, where students turned their attention to several churches.
“It has been an absolutely amazing semester,” said Shutterbugs 3 student Cindy Ivey. “I’ve learned so much from Gloria, and I have had fun doing it.”
Amelia Surratt, who often uses her photographs as subjects for her paintings as part of another SCC class, said she had enjoyed every class and had learned a great deal from Edwards, not the least of which was to have fun while taking pictures.
“This class has certainly been fun,” Surratt attested, “and I’ve learned a great deal, too. Anyone who wants to have fun learning photography should take this class.”
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