I've always enjoyed exploring and shooting urban settings, but my love of street photography took off at Craig Litten's New Orleans Street Photography Workshop. What more can you do to create a perfect storm of photo opportunities? French Quarter on the weekend, Henri Cartier-Bresson at A Gallery for Fine Photography, the New Orleans Jazz Festival (Bruce Springsteen was there), and a passionate, accomplished, supportive group of fellow photographers. Spending time with Craig and the group confirmed that the true experts are always learning. Craig is an excellent teacher. He is very patient and meets each student where they are at the moment. He continues to send me updates and encourage my work. As with any great teacher, he is also an incredibly passionate learner. He learns from everyone and shares everything he learns. That is really what this journey is about - sharing my learning path and the shots I take along the way.
I believe in learning with a vengeance. I took a couple traditional photography courses at RISD. But, I also comb YouTube for instructional videos, take online Udemy courses now and then, connect with amazing accomplished photographers online, subscribe to photography blogs, follow great teacher-bloggers like Eric Kim, attend photography meetups, and invest in workshops that allow me to set aside immersive, quality time to learn from great teachers and the amazing students who share this passion. I also look at numerous photography books. (Check out Eric Kim's 75+ Inspirational photography books you gotta own.) Flickr, 500px Facebook, and Twitter provide other avenues for connecting with photographers (why photographers should love Twitter) . My advice to everyone, whatever you love, LEARN WITH A VENGEANCE!!