Skill . . .

Friday Night Photography Quote:
…To be a photographer, one must photograph. No amount of book learning, no checklist of seminars attended, can substitute for the simple act of making pictures. Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters…
— Harry Callahan


Yes!! Experience Is thee best Teacher.
But, you have to understand the basic principles of exposure and composition to even begin to play with your camera.
In this age of technology where we have so many places to turn for information of Photography compared with only a few choices when I was a kid with the hunger of more.

There is obviously more than this but these are some of the places and books I Highly Recommend for someone first starting out:

This is a wonderful book that We as experienced Photographers call “The Bible” when asked for anything for Help by a Beginner.
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson
https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exposure-Fourth-Photographs-Camera/dp/1607748509/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1492827912&sr=8-2&keywords=bryan+peterson+photography+books

There are a lot of places on the Net for Inspiration and/or knowledge for Photography. “The Photo Argus” is One of the best places for sharing the knowledge and creativity on any Level.
http://www.thephotoargus.com

Flickr and Viewbug are both great Portfolio sites. But the really best place for the specialty equipment or Camera is of course “Youtube.com”…

Skill
In Photography this encompasses a great many areas. Learning or acquiring the Skill to use your Camera is Only the start of many places you’ll find is a requirement. Things you’ll find yourself looking for as a Necessity are:
Color Theory, Composition, Knowledge of editing aka Photoshop and/or Lightroom.
Speaking to a large group of people (if indeed you start to shoot parties). Or How to control a small crowd to capture the Moment your looking for.. Not only are these obnoxious but one can Not ignore the Basic Rules. Also don’t forget that Lighting will eventually pop up as something you discover you will need..

Now being realistic about it. Everyone now walks around with some kind of camera or something that can take pictures. Some are very good. But at this point what makes that picture a great Picture? I’ve heard what recommendation can you give me that I can take the same level of beautiful pictures you do without learning all this stuff? The best thing I can say is at this point in time everyone has a Word Processor in one form or another. Does this make them a Great Writer??
Everyone owns pots and pans. Does this automatically make them a Great Cook?

What makes an Image Stand out from all the other Images on the Net?
The Answer is All the Things I described above…. Knowledge.

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Mark G

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