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Teaching Photography, 2nd Edition by Garin Horner, Jane Alden Stevens, Glenn Rand

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Learning, Knowing, Owning

 

“It’s a very ancient saying,

But a true and honest thought,

That if you become a teacher,

By your pupils you’ll be taught.”

Oscar Hammerstein, from The King and I

 

 

 

There are three separate stages of mastery of any skill or knowledge set. In photography this is particularly apparent. When we look at the range of photographers from the first introduced novice to the master we can observe these three levels in action. With making a non-metered exposure on an overcast day, the novice will default to “Auto” and ask or look up how to calculate the exposure, but as they progress they will go through this path less and less. At a point they will no longer need to ask, default, or look it up: they will rely on their ...

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