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View Poll Results: are you self taught or not?

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  • Yes, I am

    59 56.73%
  • No I have had formal training

    12 11.54%
  • Yes and no

    31 29.81%
  • I don't know what I am doing

    2 1.92%
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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    It's called experimentation. Most of what I know professionally I learned that way. Nobody taught me.
    Same here (as I mentioned earlier).

    Also known as trial and error (often mostly error!).


    Steve.

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    I'm self taught in that I received no formal training or education regarding the artistic or technical aspects of photography, however over the years I have had various mentors, attended a few conferences and workshops, and attempted to mimic certain things I was interested in, etc.

    Part of any education involves exposure to the field of endeavor, so in that manner, I have received information and guidance from others. I don't believe there really is an opportunity to be self taught, unless you somehow invent and develop something from the ground up.

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    Self taught. I'm using the meaning as, "no formal education." I have read books, and I have run many rolls and sheets of film. Load, expose, develop, print, repeat.

    While an educational course may open avenues for you such as teaching, I never wanted to learn how to photograph to teach photography. I became interested in photography because, as I was driving home one night, I became entranced by the moonlight on the landscape. It wasn't a grand landscape, it was just suburban-rural stuff. But that was the motivational spark. And then I bought a very used Pentax 6x7 and a 90mm leaf shutter lens, which is still going strong.

    What is important to learning is remembering why I want to photograph things. I remember what I saw that first moonlit night. I remember when clouds lined up into a pagoda, with the moon in the center. I remember the morning when the rising sun painted a hillside in shades of red, bright to dim. I remember these things, and so I strive to continue with photography.

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    A bunch of both. Had a great high school instructor, then a great one at Junior College and what can you say about Cal Arts? Top notch. Then was an apprentice to 3 well known phtographers, mostly printing for them. That gave me a great foundation to build on. Funny how you either love photography or hate it. I love it

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