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Things I’ve learned while learning others

Q: MOST TEACHERS I’VE MET CAN USUALLY RATTLE OFF SOME KEY THINGS THEY’VE LEARNED FROM THE TEACHING EXPERIENCE. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST VALUABLE THINGS YOU’VE LEARNED FROM RUNNING YOUR WORKSHOPS?

A:

  1. Holy crap! Look at that! The inverse square law actually works!
  2. There’s a good part of what I do that is second nature and seems “easy” to me because I’ve been doing it for so long. Then I see there is a disconnect from what I say to what students understand. I have to really think through what I do and break it down step by step. As I break it down it usually leads to a deeper understanding of what I’m doing, not only for the students but also for myself.
  3. As folks put brainpower into learning a new aspect of photography, what they already knew gets thrown out the window—things like composition, subject interaction, etc. So much concentration is placed on the new information that other things are forgotten for awhile.
  4. While many have a camera; while many have a web site; while many have paying gigs on the books...not everyone is a photographer just yet.
  5. The best thing I get from teaching is when I open my mouth to give advice and I end up the one most in need of hearing it. #practicewhatyoupreachzack

Case in point: Been talking a lot about mailers on my blog recently, knowing damn well I’m late getting mine out the door.

I need to stop talking and start doing.

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