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Keeping My Photography Skills Sharp and Current | Tina Case Photography

February 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

My wonderful Aunt May.My wonderful and influential Aunt May

I like to say that I've been taking photos since I was 9. That is when my Aunt May gave me my first Kodak insta-camera.  But it wasn't until 2009 that I went pro and dove right in and purchased my first Canon DSLR camera, my first non-kit lens (a 24-70mm f2.8L) and got down to business.  

Ever since then I have studied the art of photography by pouring over books, magazines, websites and taking classes.  I have several mentors including the amazing Olympic and portrait photographer Jeff Cable and Chris Shum, a wedding-photographer-extraordinaire, who provide on-going inspiration and advice.  And I truly love love love Creativelive, one of THEE (yes, thee) best training sources for creative people everywhere.  I also follow the work of a bunch of photographers whose images I savor like a big slice of decadent hot lava chocolate cake.  That is, if you like chocolate.  If not then substitute that with something you indulge in.

For the first time ever I enrolled in an intensive 3-day seminar called "CLICK | AWAY" - and I can't wait.  What resonated so much for me is the variety of teachers (and especially Sue Bryce, one of my all-time favorite instructors), the small size classes, and the amazing keynote speakers they have lined up.  Click on the link and you can read all about it.  It's a chance to make new photography friends and find on-going inspiration from everyone I'll meet.

Next year I hope to go to Las Vegas for the WPPI Conference and Expo.  My mentor Jeff has advised me that WPPI is an excellent photography conference to attend.  This year I had a few conflicts and couldn't fit it in.  But Click Away is in September so I am able to plan way ahead, yay.

So besides personal projects that keep my skills sharp and focused, classes and seminars are a wonderful way to stretch my skills and reach new heights - or zoom-in and focus.  After all, crazy good things come to those who imagine.  And I love to imagine, be inspired, and learn.

 


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