When I started working as a photographer I did it all wrong:
1. I didn’t get any training
2. I didn’t know anyone or have any network of working photographers to learn the ways of working photography.
Needless to say, it took many years to get any traction. I made it this far out of sheer stubborn-ness and a need to make it work (oh, and some good business decisions, etc.) At times it felt like I was carrying 100 lbs of gear up a long and steady hill with potholes happy to get in my way.
It would’ve been much easier if I had sought out help!
If you could spend an hour or a day soaking up photo knowledge with any living, current photographer who would you choose? Why?