[soul food] on teaching

So, do you think you could teach me how to photograph? I've heard that you never truly know something until you teach it to someone else, and Eric's question to me last week was a good test of my knowledge. As someone who is constantly seeking education from more experienced photographers, I don't often stop to consider how much I really know already. After a brief pause and a slightly hesitant Umm... sure, I could teach you, I handed him my camera and launched into an explanation of the technical components of exposure. This is something I have read about so many times but never realized how it had become second nature to me until the words just started flowing out--it kinda surprised me. It wasn't a super smooth and polished lecture, but considering I was talking off the cuff I felt like I did a decent job teaching him about image exposure. We spent about 20 minutes talking about a few of the basics and taking test shots so that he could see how changing the settings affected the images, then Eric spent some time just taking some creative shots within the framework of that little bit of technical knowledge. These shots are two of his favorite, and I am super impressed with his creative eye.

It's easy to feel like you're not an expert just because there are so many other people out there who know so much more about your field, but just because you don't know everything doesn't mean you don't know anything. I definitely don't know everything about photography, but what knowledge I do have I can share.

P.S. Apparently I'm not the only one who loves to photograph our doggy. :)