Learning is what it’s about
It’s always a challenge and joy to really learn something you’re passionate about. You think you won’t ever be able to live up to the heroes you have but you just want to get better. Can I suggest you check out the resources I have on this site dedicated to that?
Most photography information available is too basic or advanced. Walk through these; learning all the way from what aperture is, how it affects the shot, and how it can be creatively used to get a stunning picture. More pages are being added every week.
Learning photography never was a book driven. It gradual and you need positive and honest feedback. That’s hard to get though. Getting positive feedback from family and friends is easy. They will always tell you your pictures are beautiful. You can find places online to post images but sometimes get some knuckle heads responding.
Post your images your questions to one of these and I promise positive and honest feedback. (knucklehead free zone);
Here’s an example of what a community can do. This is an extremely talented photographer. He worked hard during capture and in post to get this wonderful image, but he was new to editing monochrome images.
Progression with community help
You can see the whole conversation here.
Challenge and joy
The first photography book my mom bought me almost ten years ago was called, “The Joy of Photography”. That’s exactly what you are getting yourself into. Learning the craft more just makes you ability to tell a story though this unique medium even more powerful and rewarding.
So hit the books and find a good community.