Learning the craft of photography

One thing that I love about photography is the constant learning. There’s always some new to learn. We all have different ways to learn.

In this digital age, we are lucky enough to have YouTube, google and many amazing platforms available to all of us to learn from. Some of which are free and some that you pay for. After all photography is not just about gears, although we can all get enticed by them.

It’s the learning that got me thinking. From time to time, I create speed edit videos showing the edits of some of my images. An average edit can take anything from 8 to 12 hours to complete. This is excluding selections. I am not complaining about the amount of work involved.

However, each time that I publish these videos, I receive messages asking for the unedited version of the videos so that they can follow along and create the same thing.

The internet is part of everyday’ so life now, so there’s no excuse not to do your own research. I am all for learning and I actively keep learning but is it me or does this request seem totally unreasonable?

I haven’t responded to any of these messages as I really have no idea what to even say. We all have to start somewhere and what I’ve learned is that there’s no shortcuts. Asking questions is a good thing but we have to be willing to do the minimum. One important thing that is often is overlooked is that everything about who we are influences our photography. Copying step by step what I do through my edit may not generate the exact same results. As the reasons why I am taking those steps in my edits are not explained.

Copying is a good way to start but I’ve found that interests me most about other photographers is the way they think and how they see the world around them. This is what inspires me and also is the best way for me to understand a photographer’s body of work.


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