Learn on your own or learn from a good teacher.
A good teacher acts as a guide who will give you useful information and encourage you to apply that information to your own work, in your own way, so you can travel on your own unique path as a photographer.
This post was motivated by discussions with participants in my classes who were seeking affirmations or criticisms about their photographs.
Getting an affirmation or criticism from someone who we may view as an authority is not going to help us to become better visual communicators, or find our own way as photographers.
The words we choose are important and they can change your mind when it comes to your photography.
What do you think makes someone a photographer?
In photography, theres a lot to learn.
The good news is that you don’t have to be a know-it-all.
Many of the printed manuals manuals that come with todays cameras are an abbreviated version of the full manual.
All of these changes have a compositional outcome. If you are changing these things and not…
If you’ve got to “fix” your picture in photo-editing software, you’ve made a mistake.
You must look at your own photographs with a cool, critical eye and if the person giving the critique is more interested in your photography than their own, then you’ll leave with useful information on how to improve your photography.
Although we’re working with a camera, we’re using the camera to record light much like a writer uses a pen to record their words.
Don’t believe what I, or any of your other teachers, tell you.