In the eye of the photographer


Shutterbugs 3 students show off their honed talents

By Sherry Matthews - [email protected]



A lover of flowers and close-up shots, student Emma Williams said she decided to try her hand at taking pictures of animals, capturing these two horses in a Sampson County field. ‘I just wanted to take something a little different,’ Williams said, ‘and I was pleased with what I got.’


Lisa Turlington used the light to show the brilliant colors on one of Don and Ann Butler’s birds, a complete contrast to the female by his side.


Light played a very important part of Amelia Surratt’s photograph of two ducks apparently trying to avoid speaking, one she took during a field trip to Don and Ann Butler’s aviary.


Using her sports setting, Joan Tsao caught her nephew in midair as he snagged the football before touching the sandy shore on a bright sunny day at the beach.


Judi Herring said she was trying to hone her skills at taking portraits when she shot this picture of young Bailey Banks. ‘I loved her smile and the way the light caught the sparkle in her eyes,’ Herring said of the picture.


Shutterbugs 3 student Cindy Ivey was among the students who took a field trip to Washington, D.C. back in March. Using the light to highlight the array of flags flying at the back gate of the White House, she captured the Washington Monument in the background.


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.”

Pubisher and editor Sherry Matthews can be reached at 910-249-4612. Follow her on Twitter @sieditor1960 and like the newspaper on Facebook.

Shutterbugs 3 students show off their honed talents

By Sherry Matthews

[email protected]

A lover of flowers and close-up shots, student Emma Williams said she decided to try her hand at taking pictures of animals, capturing these two horses in a Sampson County field. ‘I just wanted to take something a little different,’ Williams said, ‘and I was pleased with what I got.’
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_4-29-16-Horses-Emma.jpgA lover of flowers and close-up shots, student Emma Williams said she decided to try her hand at taking pictures of animals, capturing these two horses in a Sampson County field. ‘I just wanted to take something a little different,’ Williams said, ‘and I was pleased with what I got.’

Lisa Turlington used the light to show the brilliant colors on one of Don and Ann Butler’s birds, a complete contrast to the female by his side.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Hurry-Lisa-T.jpgLisa Turlington used the light to show the brilliant colors on one of Don and Ann Butler’s birds, a complete contrast to the female by his side.

Light played a very important part of Amelia Surratt’s photograph of two ducks apparently trying to avoid speaking, one she took during a field trip to Don and Ann Butler’s aviary.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_7159-Amelia-Surratt.jpgLight played a very important part of Amelia Surratt’s photograph of two ducks apparently trying to avoid speaking, one she took during a field trip to Don and Ann Butler’s aviary.

Using her sports setting, Joan Tsao caught her nephew in midair as he snagged the football before touching the sandy shore on a bright sunny day at the beach.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_1-Hunter-JoanTsao.jpgUsing her sports setting, Joan Tsao caught her nephew in midair as he snagged the football before touching the sandy shore on a bright sunny day at the beach.

Judi Herring said she was trying to hone her skills at taking portraits when she shot this picture of young Bailey Banks. ‘I loved her smile and the way the light caught the sparkle in her eyes,’ Herring said of the picture.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_-5-BaileyBanks-Judi-Herring.jpgJudi Herring said she was trying to hone her skills at taking portraits when she shot this picture of young Bailey Banks. ‘I loved her smile and the way the light caught the sparkle in her eyes,’ Herring said of the picture.

Shutterbugs 3 student Cindy Ivey was among the students who took a field trip to Washington, D.C. back in March. Using the light to highlight the array of flags flying at the back gate of the White House, she captured the Washington Monument in the background.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_CindyIvey-2.jpgShutterbugs 3 student Cindy Ivey was among the students who took a field trip to Washington, D.C. back in March. Using the light to highlight the array of flags flying at the back gate of the White House, she captured the Washington Monument in the background.

Pubisher and editor Sherry Matthews can be reached at 910-249-4612. Follow her on Twitter @sieditor1960 and like the newspaper on Facebook.

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