Donnelly WMA off highway 17 (ACE Basin-Lowcountry)
Camille Myers, D-SLR instructor
Fluttering butterflies cascading across a green hedge capture the attention of any passerby, but for a passionate photographer such sights create opportunity. That is, an opportunity to capture a moment in time digitally so that it may live indefinitely.
Camille Myers characterizes herself as an old school photographer with a penchant for optimal exposure through the use of shutter speeds, light sensitivity, and aperture settings. She began photographing at the age of ten after receiving a camera as a Christmas gift. The mother of three employed in institutional research at the local technical college continues to make time to take photographs and grow her portfolio. Admittedly she struggled with the evolution to digital, but recognizes that the technology has opened the world of photography to a great many new capabilities.
Ms Myers’ D-SLR Photography course at the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL) offers the beginning photographer a foundation in understanding how an image is best captured through composition and exposure. Thus, choosing best angles, selecting appropriate subjects and calculating depth of field are applied to further accentuate the potential of a photographic image. Her course includes weekly photo assignments, thoughtful critiques of images, and photo contests among class participants. One key assignment involves capturing a Washington Red Delicious apple in any manner of platform and is designed to expose the individual creativity of each photographer. “The apple assignment provides a grasp of what the photographer sees with his or her lens and sets the stage for what the participants will then focus on in the assignments that follow,” says Myers.
A unique element to Myer’s teaching style is that she develops the course content to fit the parameters of the participants. In other words, she applies a real time instructional process geared to fit the learner not a pre-fab text book sequential show and tell of assignments. Bruce Hawkins of Black Tie Ventures thought he had a good working knowledge of the digital camera and had even been successful at selling some of his own photographic work. That is until he took Myer’s class. There he discovered how little he actually knew. “The class gave me a new perspective on the camera and its many technical functions. The one on one instruction allowed for ease of learning without intimidation by those with far more experience.”
The D-SLR Photography course is offered as a six-class series on three separate occasions in May at
TCL’s Beaufort campus. The cost to attend one of the six-class series is $129 per person.
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., May 3 through July 26 every other week (May 3, 17, 31, June 14, July 12, 26)
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., May 4 through July 13 every other week (May 4,18, June 1, 15, 29, July 13)
Wednesdays, 6:00- 8:00 p.m., May 11 through July 20 every other week (May 11, 25, June 8, 26, July 6, 20)
To register for any Life Enrichment offering call 843.525.8205