I recently went to a weekend photography workshop in Wilmington, Delaware. I took classes in black and white darkroom (digital), choosing paper for the image, street photography, image editing, and a few others. As I sat there and tried to take it all in, I began to recognize a big problem. In photography, as in many things in life, the more you know, the more there is to know.
I felt like there is no way that I can use all the knowledge that i gained over the weekend. That is because the knowledge I gained over the weekend opened more doors to more hallways to more . . . well, you get the idea. I have recently been using the pinhole camera and the class on black and white image editing made me want to start all over again with the editing of the pinholes. And I just might do that.
There was a class on using a scanner in place of a camera. Now I have to give that a try. It does work for certain things. I, like all of us, would like more time to give this stuff a try. Time is fleeting and the time to give it a shot is now. I have made two images with my scanner and I have reworked some of my black and white stuff.
I guess the secret that no one can do it all. The idea is to do as much as possible and use the skills that you have been able to develop. I suppose the idea is to choose the skills or techniques that lend themselves to what I want to say or share with my photography. I will need time to figure that out.