I put yes and no. I've never had any real training other than in 6th grade with a very basic class in school. They taught us that this is a camera, this is film, and here is how we develop it. But I have read a large amount about photography, including Ansel Adams, Scott Kelby, and so many others.

Sometimes, self directed learning is far more potent than formalized structured environments. The structure often shorts those who are either behind or ahead. With self teaching you go at your pace, and can learn in areas where you are weak.