The Rewards of Teaching

When you start out in photography the only thing you think about is capturing images and making money. For most the thought of teaching others what you’ve learned can be daunting. That’s when those thoughts of doubt in your work can kick in. I know these thoughts and feelings all to well and honestly, it’s just part of being human. But the rewards that come from teaching can be great and there’s truly no better reward then when you see someone take what you’ve taught them and apply it.


Now I’ve been very fortunate to have so many good fishing buddies but the best is definitely my friend Alex, you I have posted about here before. Unlike my other friends though, Alex has taken an interest in photography for one basic reason He wants better photographs of himself fishing. While I do joke about it he has taken to it quite seriously, without any desire of being an actual photographer. The results are obvious.


Both of these photographs he took last Saturday while we were out fishing. Now I have to give him credit considering the model he was working with but he took the lessons from the past shoots that I’ve taught him and has learned to compose, create gesture and use good lighting to get good results. It comes from practice and experience that you learn while constantly questioning what is right and what is wrong. As photographers we have the responsibility to instruct and teach others whether it’s hands on or passive through a website, we have to not only inspire but help others. Often times you don’t get to see the results but on those rare occasions when you do, it truly is a great feeling.

Captured with Nikon D4, 85 f1.4, SB-5000 on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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