I spend a lot of time on the web. I subscribe to about 25 YouTube channels, and regularly check out 25 or so other pages—a couple of them daily. More than once I have encountered the idea that I probably should spend less time reading and sitting at my computer and go out and shoot. The implication here is that you can over-do study and I do not dispute that up to a point. Give me a break, I am both retired and an early-riser, which my bride says is an understatement, so I have quiet time that others may not. I have used, and will continue to use, this opportunity.
What I want to say today is how much I continue to benefit from the early morning time I spend in front of a computer screen. So, what have I learned and still learning?
- I don’t need to wonder, when I pick up my camera, if I’m going to get something wrong. People who post tutorials, reviews or forum comments, agree on little. Therefore, I am free to try something to see if it fits my needs.
- Watching good photographers talk about photography inspires me to take my camera out and do something I’ve not done before. (Sometimes it takes me way out of my comfort zone.) $29.95 was the best $29.95 I ever spent; it gave me a full month’s worth of unlimited video-watching on Lynda.com when I wanted to learn to use Lightroom.
- I now am never without the manuals for both of my cameras; I downloaded them in PDF format to my phone. Without the internet, I probably would never have learned about this.
- I have encountered some people on the web who have since become giants in my mind: Jay Maisel, Sam Abell, John Free, Karen Hutton, Mike Browne, Bill Fortney, Kalebra Kelby, and Joe McNally to just name a few. They inspire me. (Check out Kalebra Kelby, Scott’s wife, who only shoots with her phone.)
- There are no shortcuts! It is just very difficult to pick up a camera and overnight become a photographer; I need the help of others. (The same holds true for software.)
- I have yet to have a question about a camera or about a problem I am experiencing without finding an answer by simply using Google. No matter how obscure. No exceptions.
- My photographic skills have improved immensely.
What has been your experience with the web?