Sharpen The Saw

Many of you have heard the phrase “sharpen the saw” relative to your skills or talents. It’s the 7th “habit” on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  I believe strongly in those “habits” and I feel there’s some merit to them.  You can apply them in all areas of your life.  I enjoy learning new techniques or getting tips and tricks in photography workshops.  I especially like when I’m in a hands-on environment where you can apply your learnings.

This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in an informal workshop that was organized by one of the photo clubs I belong to. One member graciously hosted and we had a full studio set up with all of his gear and a great model.  We experimented with the various phases of lights… one… two… three plus a hair light plus a reflector.  There were about ten participants, all with varying levels of knowledge and experience.  I found it to be fun in both participant and teacher mode at the same time.  It’s interesting how you can find yourself brushing off your own cobwebs when you’re trying to explain the basics about a certain piece of gear, settings or type of shot.  I actually didn’t take many photographs, which is nearly unheard of for me!  😉  I was helping others and enjoyed it.  Here’s one of our model Rachel, who was great with everyone!

I encourage everyone – get out and sharpen your saws!  🙂


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4 Responses to Sharpen The Saw

  1. Happy that you are involved with a photo club, we can never stop learning, very important. I’m going to check out Covey’s book, thanks for the tip!

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