I have my best learning experiences ‘learning’ things I don’t actually need to know. In other words I seem to have an endless capacity to amass trivial and relatively unimportant pieces of information. These spin around my mind like a whirligig and are usually readily accessible, when needed. They seldom are. Random example: should anyone want to know what the relationship is between the editor of Italian Vogue and the owner of the Milanese gallery/shop 10 Corso Como I can readily supply the answer: they are sisters – Franca Sozzani (magazine editor) and Carla Sozzani (shop owner).
I digress. Now, if only my talent for soaking up, like a sponge, unimportant trifles was matched by a capacity to lock into memory more useful information. Sadly it’s not. Pressing example: my need to retain my dwindling photography knowledge.
I attended one set of excellent photography classes and one equally excellent photography workshop but despite learning much at these I recently reverted to shooting everything in automatic mode. That mode if you are not camera-literate is one where the camera makes all the decisions. The result was that earlier photographic knowledge was beginning to disappear faster than the early morning dew.
Having lost a camera in Paris in late 2011 I ‘invested’ over time in not one but two cameras *hangs head in spendthrift shame*. So I am now the owner of a DSLR and another more compact camera that fits easily into my bag. But of late I have often left the bulkier DSLR at home and it has become sadly neglected.
Photography is a vast subject and I pondered how I could revise and make further progress. I never had my learning style assessed and wondered if I knew what it was would learning and retaining photographic knowledge become easier. When I googled ‘learning style’ and started wading through various articles I found them perplexing, until I came across one on the Psychology Today website which suggests that the notion of different learning styles is actually bunkum – click here to read. Strangely I found that comforting.
Maybe I should just take more pictures: practice may not, in my case, make perfect but it would surely help. So I decided to take my DSLR out more often and snap more images even if I don’t fully understand everything I need to know or do. And I decided that I will join a camera club where I can get guidance from fellow amateur photographers on the many photographic conundrums which perplex me.
The weather here has been utterly glorious recently – I hope you had a lovely weekend wherever you are.