Terry Johnston — Virginia
Course: America’s Beach: The Outer Banks of North Carolina
My first SLR was a retirement gift to keep me physically and intellectually active. After a few
years of mastering the basics of manual shooting, it was time to refine my newly acquired skills.
With Tim Cooper and Eileen Rafferty as expert, inspirational guides to technique, equipment,
composition and creativity, I discovered the beauty and diversity of our 100-mile studio – The
Outer Banks of North Carolina. While there was plenty of sun, surf and sand to photograph they
encouraged each of us to explore our own interests and expand our own potential through exposure
to wildlife, gardens, landscape and portrait opportunities. No time for lying on the sand unless
you were snapping a seashell!
“Bad light” hours were filled with lectures and critiques based on interests and needs they discovered
within our group of 15. Critiques of my work were as valuable as the field experiences because they
showed me how, through on-site strategies or post-processing work, I could take a good photo and make
it even better.
Early morning, late afternoon and evening “good light” hours were filled with field shoots where Tim
and Eileen were untiringly available to answer questions, offer suggestions, or demonstrate a technique
in one-on-one instruction. What a team!
I learned about this beautiful area of North Carolina. I learned about my camera. I even learned about
myself as a photographer. I came home with multiple pictures to be proud of, ideas for post-processing
improvement, and inspiration to enhance my art. Thank you Tim, Eileen and RMSP. Where to next?