Image by Trinhkien91 A Photographic Education – Online and the Real World
When it comes to sustainability,
understanding the basics of business management is important, too. Creativity must not fool our minds into thinking that it is all that matters. The guys over at 99U (an amazing project of Bēhance) know this for sure. I'm currently reading their books too – and wow, they are treasures when it comes to balancing things out. Some people even discourage online learning. But if you don't have access to academic resources in your own country or its academic offerings are simply beyond your financial reach (I'm a true believer that education must be easily accessible to anyone with a passion for learning, no matter their academic level) online learning is a great solution. I've learned a lot via resources online – not just about photography, but also about meteorology, curation and food security, which are topics I love, but which are not easily accessible to me through a traditional academic experience. Some FREE resources you can find HERE too. In a couple of months, I’ll start studying for a PhD which happens to be very accessible to me. You see, I don’t purely rely on online learning. The only people who look down on good quality online learning are those who have never experienced it, period. MOOCS and High-Quality Tutorials are awesome too. Websites I consider as good for learning technical photography stuff include:
Recently I was talking with a
friend of mine, a great illustrator, and he told me something I think can apply to photography as well. Talent is not enough. You can have lots of talent, or very little talent, but what really matters is discipline and responsibility. Another thing he believes is that you'll always have people to admire – people that produce work that inspires you to become better each day. This is something you learn in the real world, not in classes. A photographic education may introduce you to a more precise environment, but the responsibility of making amazing stuff is entirely yours. Image by Skitterphoto I can't remember the episode, but in her podcast, Valerie Jardin once referenced a very cool anecdote. She met a young girl who asked her for advice. The girl had an opportunity to study either Photography or Pediatrics. Jardin told her to become a pediatrician because she could always be a pediatrician and a photographer. But if she decided to study photography, her chance to become a pediatrician might not present itself again. Amazing advice! (That anecdote reminds me of the great writer William Carlos Williams, who was a medical doctor and a poet.) For me, it all comes down to this: Photography schools are fine for learning the mechanics of photographic tools. You don’t need to learn every system once you understand the nuts and bolts of exposure; you’ll be able to work with any camera, and every camera will work for you. But there are three huge things you rarely develop at school: Social skills. Passion. A personal voice.
Your own passion will drive you to learn more about history and other beautiful things related to photography. Keep that passion alive, and your photography will evolve in a positive way.
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