Can we really learn how to learn? That was the question we tried to answer on this month's Free Photo Webinar.
It's a question many of attendees ask during each webinar Q&A session. "What's the best way to learn photography."
This month we explored some answers -- and discussed which approach might be best for you.
First you shared how you learned
Before we started, I asked you to complete a short survey on how you preferred to learn photography. I was interested in the methods you chose when you were in DIY mode and when you wanted to be taught. I was also curious about where you went for tools and inspiration.
What's your learning style?
To really understand the best learning approach, it might help to discover your learning style. The website Learning Styles Online articulates seven different learning preferences:
- Visual - You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
- Aural - You prefer using sound and music.
- Verbal - You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
- Physical - You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
- Logical - You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
- Social - You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
- Solitary - You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
How do the best really learn? Colvin's approach
Geoff Colvin's book "Talent is Overrated" fascinated me. He studied people who we saw as natural geniuses -- Tiger Woods, Mozart, etc. -- and found common themes in what makes them great. He argues that if we adopt this approach, any of us can achieve that level of mastery. He uses the themes:
- Deliberate practice
- Feedback from a mentor
- Challenge yourself in the learning zone
Create a SMART goal for your photography. SMART is an acronym
- Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
- Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
- Assignable – specify who will do it.
- Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
- Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
Consider creating a Mastermind group to challenge each other and keep accountable.
Here are some resources
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