Practice makes perfect is something everyone says all the time. It is the same principle with photography, but I want to change it a little to something my music teacher taught me and that is “perfect practice makes perfect.” If you are doing the same thing over and over again, incorrectly then that is how it will be done always, incorrectly.
Practicing perfectly is one of the reason I find that taking a class on photography is so important. If you do not understand that you are making mistakes then how can you correct them? There is so much to learn when it comes to photography that you can take many classes from beginning to advanced and still find there is more to learn. Things like avoiding mergers, rule of thirds, lines, vantage point, depth, camera hardware, lighting, and the list goes on. These are all things that need to be taught, either through a class or some other way, books, blogs, chat rooms, there are lots of resources. If you are good at reading and understanding then maybe you wont need a class, maybe your a fast learner and can do it all on your own. There are plenty of self taught photographers, that are some of the best, but for the rest of us a class can make all of the difference. Honestly, I didn’t think that I was too bad until I took a class and I could see more clearly all the things that I needed to work on, and then the list got bigger and bigger and to this day I’m still taking classes, reading blogs and trying to improve my trade.