Sunday, June 5, 2011

Why I'm Doing Reviews

I'm currently going through a 15-hour tutorial on Photoshop that I won't be able to write a review for for at least a couple more days. Since I can't publish a review today, I thought I'd explain the reason of why I've been doing reviews for the past four days (and will continue to do so until I run out of material).

I suppose this all started when my cousin asked me what camera he should buy and if I could teach him how to use it. After consulting a friend, T, on how to go about teaching someone else photography, I realized that I may not be the best teacher, as my own skills are a little lacking. So, I am now attempting to create a somewhat more whole foundation of knowledge that I hope I can relay to my cousin when he starts asking me questions beyond "what does this button do?" Then, coincidentally, I got access to a few days ago, which has a sizable collection of online photography courses. I'm picking and choosing chapters from videos to watch (I would die of boredom if I had to re-watch over and over tutorials on how to turn on my camera).

T (my more knowledgeable photographer friend) recommended that I start with teaching composition. So, my first reviews were about composition videos. Just to break the monotony of content, I decided to do a Photoshop one next, but it is a behemoth. I'm learning quite a bit, actually, which is how I have the patience for this. I just wish now I had taken these courses before paying for $500 real life ones (each!) a couple years ago. I may not have taken those earlier ones at all knowing what I know now.

So, that's the backstory. If you want to read reviews of other topics, just let me know; otherwise, I'll continue on this haphazard trajectory that I've started. I'm enjoying myself and learning quite a bit; so, I don't mind. :D

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