When Jane Hall points her camera, she clicks off a few lessons in her head — keep your horizon level, know what your subject is and remember the rule of thirds.
Those are just some of the lessons she said she learned in Sampson Community College’s first level photography class, Digital Do’s and Don’ts. Taught by Gloria Edwards, the 10-week class ended a few weeks back, but will crank up again come late February when she will repeat Digital Do’s and Don’ts, Shutterbugs II and Shutterbugs III. Students must have taken the previous level class to be involved in either of the latter two courses.
Hall, like others in her class, plan to take the next level because, they said, they loved the fun way Edwards’ approaches photography instruction and the many things they have learned in the first class.
“I had a great time,” noted Hall, and “I learned a lot, including the need to be patient.”
Lines, reflections and, of course, the oft-repeated mantra of not using your flash were among the lessons students said they garnered from the first level class, all which, they said, helped them to produce better photographs as the course continued.
“I guess the thing I learned most was how to finally use my camera correctly,” noted Donna Maguire.
For Cindy Gainey, there were many discoveries along the way, all of which, she believes, helped to make her a better photographer.
“I discovered even an ordinary scene or subject can make a beautiful picture. I truly enjoyed every class. We had a great teacher who used just enough humor to make it fun and interesting. I am hoping I will be able to take the next one.”
Edwards said each of her first-year students had shown great improvement and had all turned into good photographers. “I want them to have fun, to learn to enjoy their surroundings and find the beauty in everyday things that we often miss.”
And students said that’s exactly what they did.
“I have learned to appreciate the beauty around me, that’s for sure,” noted student Rhonda Baker.