Continuing on the theme of whether buying kit is the best way to improve, I thought I’d share with you my take on the 4 stages of learning to be a photographer.
It can be hard to define precisely the four stages in terms of what skills you have or don’t have but I like to use two analogies that apply to almost any learning curve in any industry or walk of life;
Stage 1 – Beginner
“You don’t know how much you don’t know”
Stage 2 – Intermediate
“You know how much you don’t know”
Stage 3 – Semi-Pro
“You know how much you know”
Stage 4 – Pro
“You don’t know how much you know”
Have a think – and be honest – which of these categories sounds like you?
To help, I’ve created this little chart to explain my view of the three things that influence how good your photographs are (the camera, the lens and you) and how they relate;
In the next couple of posts I’ll describe what each means, why I think that, and how to go about progressing from one to the next.