Is Formal Photography Training Necessary?

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I’ve been actively teaching the Martial Arts for over 30 years. I was formally trained by an instructor who was formally trained by his instructor who, well you guessed it, was formally trained by his instructor. Our strong Martial Arts heritage goes all the way back to the first instructor that created our style who was formally….wait a second, he wasn’t formally trained. If he wasn’t formally trained, how did he create our style? It’s simple, it was a collaborative development that grew over the years and became the style we teach today. Photography is very similar.

I’m all for formal training, but I do recognize today’s formal training travels down a self pace, self taught path. My suggestion for anyone who wants to learn photography is to ask yourself how far do you want to go. I’ve taken cooking classes because I want to learn how to cook better, not…

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