I have been recently noticing that I can be an information junkie when it comes to photography. I notice that I read photography books, reply at forums, read about gear, and watch photography videos a lot. I know it sounds all good but I think there has to be a fine balance in such things.
I feel that while gathering information is good, we should be out there taking photographs most of the time. Realizing this, I finally understand what my teacher is saying. We can read through books, manuals, watch videos but there is nothing like actual practice. Being out there in the field creating photographs and while taking seminars, classes, reading books are all fine, there is nothing like a few hours photographing and being in the field.
Notice how many hours you are in photography forums, reading photography books and then compare that to how much time you spend actually photographing.
Here is the article that made me realize that I am guilty being an information junkie.
Link: Information Junkie
Here are my notes from the article:
-Information junkies spend all of their time consuming every last piece of knowledge they can on a subject without putting them into practice.
-Take simple notes. Then go attempt to use the information acquired.
-People do better with mastering smaller chunks of information. Big chunks will lead to a mental choke.
-Passive learning is part of the process but without applying the knowledge, the information is not likely to stick for very long. Or what will stick is only small anecdotal bits.
-Master the understanding of why they work through trial and error. Then they could create their own.
-Educate yourself on topics but balance with application, if you want mastery.