Thanks to all of you

I love the photographic community here in Denver. At first I was a little embarrassed to ask questions. I know that doesn't sound like me, but it's true. I figured that any information I needed I could get from the training manual, the photo store, or the internet. The best information comes out face-to-face. I meet photographers through websites, but the most common meeting place is an art festival, gallery, or some other function that is camera-worthy here in the city. I half expected the same snooty, holier-than-thou crowd I've met in the past in the fine arts community. Things are changing. You no longer need to "know somebody" to find an audience. Two of the photographers I met today were more than happy to share ideas, techniques, and contacts. Neither of these folks had any formal training, but much like myself are self taught. That is to say they had to ask the questions just like I am.

There are a couple of ways to learn photography. The preferred method is formal schooling, and I'm all for that, but it takes a pretty good chunk of change to afford a reputable school. Another method is apprenticeship. You start out as a photographer's helper and gradually learn the trade from your mentor. Then there's the most common way. A mixture of classes, ask a lot of questions, and take a hell of a lot of photos. It's one of those crafts where experience is still the best teacher. Especially if you are chronically broke!


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