The Four Levels of Learning

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Recently, I read something on the Web that caught my eye. The pro was criticizing the work of novice photographers. Well, everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, for sure. What's more, what makes a good picture, or any piece of art, is subjective.

Also, when I hear someone needlessly criticizing the work of others, I think about what my mother used to tell me: If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything.  

So, the negative comment got me thinking. Hey! We all had to start somewhere. Right?

When I think about starting out in photography (or any creative effort), I think about the Four Levels of Learning:

1.  Unconscious Incompetence. We don’t know we are not good.

2.  Conscious Incompetence. We know we need help.

3.  Conscious Competence. We know we are good.

4.  Unconscious Competence.  The level we all want to reach in the things we care passionately about. We don’t really have to think too much about what we are doing . . . we just do it!

On my workshops,  in addition to thinking about a photographer's learning level, I think about something else: the person's feelings . . . and what their photography means to them, that is, how very important photography is in their life.

So here is my question to you: At what level are you at in the learning process? Post your comment here in the Comments section, rather than on twitter and facebook or Google+ or Twitter, so others can see - and learn.

Talk about what your photography means to you. Share your goals. Talk about your frustrations. Go for it.

Also, I can help you with learning photography. Check out my on-line classes.

Explore the light,

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