We (creatives) all take in knowledge as much as we can. At least in my opinion those of us that are truly passionate are mostly likely (not 100%) doing so. We’re hungry for it. We are like zombies and information (ironically stored in our brains) is brains. Many of us are schooled in our fields while others (myself included) do our best to better our own base of understanding in various ways. The question is: how?
Personally, I have two major methods of taking in delicious new brains knowledge.
1.) Fail Like a Pro!
I make mistakes. More accurately, I make a LOT of mistakes. The trick is make them well. Know why you made them, and learn from them. You can error and be upset with yourself and try to focus on getting whatever you’re doing done right, or you can fail and focus on the fail itself. I prefer the latter. When I understand precisely why I botched I always learn something important. To add to that the fact that I never make that same mistake again, I kind of become photo-Doomsday (sorry to those that don’t know the reference). It turns the fail into a win and what’s more is that this method of learning seems to stick with me best. There’s nothing like slicing your hand open while being an idiot with sheet metal to sear that message into your head: “Don’t be an idiot with sheet metal”.
Method 2.) The Procurement of Information O’Gratis
There’s this ridonculous amount of knowledge out there waiting to be absorbed. Between blogs and videos and forums and all sorts of other things, a person could spend years taking in helpful, useful and most importantly, relevant information. While there is certainly a wealth of awful knowledge out there, someone taking the time to filter through it will surely benefit greatly from all the great material online.
If you’re serious about your creative endeavour then you should double check and make sure you’re doing some of the above. The main reason being: if you’re not… then you’re falling behind.. because everyone else is! Learning is one thing I can’t image I could ever stop doing.
I’ll end this post with a link to one of my favourite sources of knowledge regarding photography. Photo.net. This is a great forum with all ranges of expertise waiting to help you with any problem or just chat about whatever. I’ll do my best to continue to share some of the gems I stumble across and would LOVE to find out what some of yours are.
Thanks for reading,