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The ‘Self-Taught’ Lie

This is a chapter from the book A Lesser Photographer.

No one is self-taught. We all learn from each other, for better or worse.

No one arrives in photography. It’s a constant learning process, and if you’re not open to learning from others, you’re at a huge disadvantage.

Lots of photographers have come before you. They’ve made a lifetime of trivial mistakes. There’s nothing noble in repeating them yourself.

I’ve never met an expert that wasn’t dead wrong about something. I’ve never met an amateur who couldn’t teach me something.