I’ve always been a visual learner. In school, I would take in only so much from books and had a more fruitful learning experience if a teacher provided concrete examples I could see with my own two eyes (I had some pretty awesome and creative teachers throughout school).
When it comes to photography, I’m the same way. I’ve bought a few books, read some stuff online, but I haven’t had much luck learning more about the technical aspects of it. The only time I actually did was when I took a class 7 years ago to learn more about how to use my camera and the basics of photography. It was a beginners class, but oh so helpful because it was mainly a visual learning experience.
In a way, I do wish I knew some local, more seasoned photographers so I could tag along and learn from them (without having to pay for a class). (Granted, there are some photographers I wish I could actually follow around and learn from but they are not local.) At the same time, I wouldn’t want to tag along with just any experienced photographer, but one that shared my interest for portrait and lifestyle photography. I want to be able to tell a story with my images and not take them just for the sake of snapping a picture.
Well, maybe one day, right?