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This might sound a little odd coming from a guy who owns a photography blog…. but….
I think it is time that some of us need to spend a little less time reading about photography and spend a little more time doing some photography!
As I look back on my life to the times that I’ve most rapidly learned new skills (including in photography) it strikes me that in every instance the experience was ‘active’ rather than ‘passive’.
While I’ve certainly learned a lot of theory in different areas of life by reading books, listening to others speak and even by watching others do things – I’ve only actually acquired a new skill by practicing or putting into action what I learn.
By no means is learning bad – it often is a great foundation for taking action – but many photographers I meet have incredible knowledge of the theory of photography yet rarely take photos themselves.
As photographers we need to be willing to step out of ‘learning’ mode and into ‘doing’ mode.
Good photographers are not all about ‘action’ – there is certainly a place for learning, reflection and a certain type of ‘passivity’ (or reflection) in photography – but if there’s one common thing I’ve noticed about great photographers over the years its…. they take photos.
dPS is a site dedicated to helping photographers of all levels learn about and increase their knowledge of photography. As a result we produce daily tutorials with this end in mind…. however…. all of this is a waste of our time (and yours) if it doesn’t actually improve our photography.
This is why we’re increasingly passionate about our weekend challenges, forum assignments and are always asking you to share your shots with us. We’re hoping that in doing so we not only help you understand more but give you a little bit of a push to get out there with your camera and learn by doing.