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This quotation (from George Bernard Shaw's 1903 play "Man & Superman") is often used as a rather cynical comment to describe the role of teachers.
In my experience however, I have frequently found that those with exceptional or gifted talent in a particular field often are incapable of imparting this skill or knowledge in a way that novices can comprehend.
I am the first to admit that I am far from the most talented photographer in the world - and do not consider myself a "professional". Notwithstanding this, I have a great passion for photography and constantly seek to improve my knowledge and skills.
As with cooking - if one can read and follow simple instructions, a reasonable meal can be made, but to create an original and tasty dish from scratch requires greater understanding of the ingredients and the way they interact.
This is true also with photography - It is possible to get by by simply absorbing the basic information and following advice, but having a greater depth of understanding will help you to develop your own unique and original style.
What I have endeavored to do with these digital photography lessons, is to help you learn photography in plain language and simple easy steps.
If all you need is "the recipe" that is fine, each topic will begin with a summary. But if you wish to gain a greater understanding, the body of each article will attempt to explain the information in a more conceptual way - hopefully in a manner that you can easily relate to.
If you enjoy these articles, like the style and find them useful, consider joining us and other like minded people for a fun and relaxed Digital Photography Bureau Vacation on the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes.
George Bernard Shaw was actually an avid photographer himself, and wrote many non fiction works on photography. I hope he would approve...
Digital photography basics