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.
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?
This post was motivated by discussions with participants in my classes who were seeking affirmations or criticisms about their photographs.