|My Heart Or My Grave? - Tehachapi, California|
The first thing I wasn't taught is that rules are meant to be broken. I was taught "the rule of thirds" and and "the golden hour" and to "have the sun behind you" and "sunny 16" and things like that, but no one said that those are merely starting points. Photography rules are meant to ensure consistently good photographs, but rarely allow for great photographs. Great images often happen when the rules are thrown out the window.
|Pathway To The Soul - Tehachapi, California|
I wasn't taught that equipment is unimportant. In fact, I was told that the SLR I showed up with on the first day of class wasn't good enough, and that I needed to go buy a better one. Nonsense! Cameras are devolving, and yet all of them are good enough if you know what a great photograph is and how to create one.
|Roadway - Caliente, California|
I wasn't taught how to take my new photography skills and knowledge out into the workforce. How to earn money from photography wasn't even touched on.
|Ghost Garage - Redlands, California|
This is not to say that institutions that teach photography are a waste of time, because I do not mean that at all. This is simply to say that one cannot expect to learn everything important at school. Mass education is not intended to be individualized because it must be generic.
|Summer Mow - Tehachapi, California|
People spend a lot of time and energy worrying about things that are unimportant, and spend very little time and energy on the things that really matter. Forget the rules. Forget what camera or software you do or don't own. Learn how to be creative. Learn how to craft great images.