JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 08.05.17
Lookit us, we made it into August.
To me that means a couple of things:
- Pretty soon my lawn will burn out and I won’t be cutting it as much
- We’re in the last third of the summer
This week hummed along at a nice pace. Went to the Statue of Liberty last Sunday. A couple of super busy days at work (it doesn’t slow down in the summer, don’t know people think it does) and some puttering around town.
Got some prints in, mailed some prints out.
Ordered a new piece of gear. I’ve been on a bit of gear buying binge recently, and I’d like to go over that at some point but just haven’t gotten around to it. Soon, I promise.
But I want to put this out there to my readers: I got an email from a neighbor asking me their thoughts. Their teenage daughter is interested in photography and is asking my opinion on if I think they should have her take photography classes or learn online via YouTube and such.
I haven’t responded yet because I’m not exactly sure what to tell him. As a parent, I know photography classes can be expensive. Not that we don’t want to do that for our kids, but jeez…another bill.
I also know that I’m self-taught. I’ve taken one lighting class a number of years ago. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t watched a ton of videos and read books/websites/magazine articles to help me learn my machine.
More importantly, though, I’ve shot. And shot. And shot and shot and shot. That’s the real way I think you “learn” to be a photographer. You have to develop that eye. And that comes from practice.
I’m tempted to have him tell her to self-learn but take classes on Photoshop and the like (again, I’ve learned that through trial-and-error and YouTube).
The challenge is time. I’ve sat up many a nights and early mornings watching how-to videos. Maybe a teen doesn’t have that type of time. Maybe they’re better at butt-in-the-seat learning since they are in that mode.
So, I’ll throw it out there. What do you guys think? For someone starting out, would you recommend photography classes? Or do they just need to keep getting out there, shooting and learning?
Interested in your thoughts.
But now, I’m off to the races.
What I watched this week: Niagara. Love the colors. Might make a run there by late summer.
What are Magnum photographers reading this summer.
On the Black Photography Compendium by John Edwin Mason
Leo’s notebooks are available.
Elliott Erwitt’s lost photographs of Pittsburgh
“The incredible pleasure of photography is that you have to be there to do it.” ~ David Hurn
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