Definitely learn from a pro, and don't try to "wing it" like so many that come onto these forums with a myriad of questions and problems for months after starting. Their mistake? Believing they can learn by reading 5 different practitioners, usually who have less than a few months experience themselves. I moderate Quinn's forum, and trust me, all we ever get now are newbies coming on with the most rudimentary questions and wild misunderstandings. If you buy a manual, you will probably have good plates the first or second session, or in about 2 weeks. If you take a workshop, you'll have good plates that day. If you try to learn it by listening to all the other newcomers, reading up on Facebook and Youtube, with no expert advice, you'll be shooting many, many sessions with many flawed plates.