Lesson 11 – Join A Community

James – I regularly look at the photography of others.  I admire their creativity, the subjects they’ve chosen, and how they formed their composition.  Their work inspires me to be a better photographer.  In addition, I often talk with other photographers and frequently engage with them in forums online and through email.  You may not be aware of this, but as a photographer, you’re now part of a huge community of professionals and enthusiasts around the globe who are daily taking photos, posting them online, sharing their insights, asking important questions, and discussing all things photography.  I strongly recommend that you be part of a community, whether that be online, face-to-face, or some combination of the two.  In my case, in addition to my own website (wethersnaps.com), I regularly post photos on Facebook, Google +, and Instagram.  I maintain a blog to share my photos and document my photography experiences.  I’m an avid reader of a photography forum that I’ve joined.  I’ve taken classes online, at our local community college, and am now enrolled as student at the New York Institute of Photography.  I also frequently email other photographers whose work I really enjoy.  For me, all of these ‘community’ interactions have really helped me to grow and develop.  I encourage you to do the same.  Find a community (local and/or online) where you can listen, learn, share, and engage with others.  Being part of a community will only help you to be a better photographer.  With that in mind, I have one last lesson I want to share with you.  I will send it in a few days.

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