Emma Williams has fallen in love with her camera and her ability to use it to tell stories with photographs she has taken, skills, she said she honed during her first level photography class at Sampson Community College, taught by instructor Gloria Edwards.
“I have really enjoyed the class,” Williams attested. “I have learned a lot; I look at things differently, that’s for sure. I keep my camera with me all the time now because I never know when I’m going to see something I want to photograph.”
The first level Digital Do’s and Don’ts class was teeming with students this year, all with a desire to learn more about their cameras, something Edwards was delighted to teach them as she brought laughter, along with lessons, into the classroom each week.
It’s been a learning experience, attested student Judi Herring, but one that has been fun and filled with joy, too.
“Gloria is an amazing teacher,” Herring exclaimed during the final night of class. “She makes learning about our cameras fun and exciting. I can’t wait to see what I’ve taken week after week.”
Photography, Herring said, is a world of exploration and the things she has unearthed has been fascinating to see in the photographs she takes. “It’s like everyone has said, I see things in a different light. That’s one of the many things Gloria has taught us — to see the world differently. I have been challenged in many ways, and now when I take a picture, I see the creativity and the art.”
This year, in Digital Do’s and Don’t’s, first-time students were amazed to learn how great their pictures turn out with the flash off, one of the amazing lessons Edwards used to open their eyes to new photography adventures.
“It’s amazing really,” attested Joan Tsao. I learned that I can take pictures at twilight without a flash and actually get the pictures to turn out. It’s one of many things I’ve learned. This has been a wonderful class.”
She’s not alone. To a person, those in the Wednesday night Level 1 class (as they were in Levels 2 and 3) 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.
“Learning how to use my camera has been wonderful,” noted Amelia Surratt. “I enjoy composition, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing the photographs I can take using the skills I’ve learned. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Edwards just shakes her head in astonishment, humbled by the way all 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 early on. “Looking at their photographs and listening to them talk about how they see the world differently thrills me. That is always one of my goals. 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.”
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.