Over the course of the last few years, Sebrinia Johnson has taken all three of Sampson Community College’s photography classes and joined the Shutterbugs Photography Club, all because she loves taking pictures and enjoys the educational adventures instructor Gloria Edwards has taken them on week after week, semester after semester.
This year, in Shutterbugs III, it was no different, as Johnson traveled across the state — and parts of the world — utilizing some of the tools Edwards has taught.
She’s not alone. To a person, those in Monday night’s Level 3 class were nearly teary-eyed as they went through their final exam, showing off some of the best of the best of photographs they’ve taken.
“We would love a Level 4,” noted student Donna Banks, who said she has grown as a photographer and a person under Edwards’ tutelage. “I just can’t get enough of Gloria’s instruction and the camaraderie we all share. It’s always an adventure.”
Edwards just shakes her head in astonishment, humbled by the way her students have taken to her instruction and overjoyed at their growing love of photography.
“I wanted them to love photography and to see the world differently,” Edwards noted. “I am so proud of all their accomplishments. They are great photographers, and I love knowing how much they have come to enjoy taking pictures.”
And they do. Shutterbugs III students say they have learned how to view their surroundings with different eyes, seeing things from new perspectives as they aim their camera toward the world, capturing images that often even amaze them.
“I love making pictures,” said student Barbara Shook. “I rarely leave home without my camera.”
While there won’t be a Shutterbugs 4 class at SCC next year, Edwards will be at it again in the fall, offering Digital Do’s and Don’ts, Shutterbugs II and Shutterbugs 3. The latter two courses require students to have taken the previous class.
For more information on the classes or to register, call 910-592-7176.