Outdoor recreation and photography were the topics of a talk recently at Lord Fairfax Community College.

Non-traditional student Greg McCarley hosted a class called “The Art of Cellphone Photography” to offer tips to those interested in sharpening their mobile photography skills.

“This is a passion of mine,” McCarley said.

McCarley is a student in the Recreation and Outdoor Leadership program at Lord Fairfax Community College.

He combined his passion for the outdoors and photography to tell stories and to draw the viewer to place themselves in the photograph.

McCarley conveyed that to participants in attendance. He also discussed the techniques he uses to enhance his photos.

McCarley displayed some photos taken on his world travels and discussed the picture-editing techniques he used involving exposure, highlighting, shadowing, panoramic and slow motion.

The edits he made were used to enhance what was seen by his eyes, he said.

He also spoke of saturation, which is good for showcasing green foliage, perfect for use in the Shenandoah Valley, and an editing technique called cooling, which is appropriate for a photo containing water.

McCarley spoke of playing with angles to make photos more interesting.

Samrethpiseth Nith, 18, a freshman at the community college, found some tips interesting.

She said she is constantly taking photos of herself and her surroundings with her cellphone to post on social media to help remain in touch with family members in Cambodia.

Nith, who along and her immediate family moved to the United States eight years ago, said she plans to use some of McCarley’s suggestions.

“I will try to play with angles more, and I especially plan to use the panoramic tool,” Nith said after the discussion.

Also listening to the presentation was Marlene Smith, a retiree who loves to attend classes and seminars offered at the school.

Smith, who said she likes to take photos on her phone and then draw those photos, wanted to learn more.

“If you don’t have a passion for something, your life will be mundane,” Smith said.

Stacey Ellis, an associate professor of health, physical education, and recreation, is the program lead for the department. She developed the Recreation and Outdoor Leadership program at the school, which started in the 2016. She said it was a natural fit for the region, which offers a lot of opportunities including a robust state and national parks system for which her students can work.

Ellis said there are a lot of career opportunities in a variety of fields. Students can either get certifications in the program or an associate’s degree.

McCarley is getting a Career Studies certificate specializing in recreation and outdoor leadership because of his interest in tourism. Other career options for students include camp management, commercial recreation, traditional parks and recreation, event management, and tourism.

For more information on the program, visit https://lfcc.edu/degree/recreation-and-outdoor-leadership or contact Ellis by email at sellis@lfcc.edu

– Contact Melissa Topey at mtopey@nvdaily.com