I’m self-taught. But there again I have had a few years of it (ahem, like fifty?). I think some of my pics are great.
Some are Most are crap by my standards. I still make money out of it. Occasionally. Maybe they aren’t so bad after all….I love industrial and residential photography: get down dirty, real, action, in-yer-face, or invoke the creative senses!
Years ago I shot Agfa, Praktica, Braun, Canon AE-1, A1, with fabulous results. Then a few small digital Nikons, Epsons, among other 640×480 junk. Then my first Nikon DSLR, which I drowned. Deliberately. In the past decade I have evolved from a Canon 30D, to a 50D, to a 60D (loved the swinging display). But digital photography sucked compared to what I took with Ekta- and Agfa-chrome CT18 decades ago… So I said to hell with APS-C.
Went to a 5D MkII, which I simply didn’t enjoy, to a 6D which I’ve had for a couple of years now. And I’m back to enjoying my pictures. And deleting most of them.
These days all of my Canon glass has an expensive red ring around the top, and most of my pics are taken with a 16-35, a 24-105 and a 100-400mm. I play with a Cokin Z-Pro Neutral Density kit, a 600 flash, off-camera cord, a remote timer, a Manfrotto monopod and a 055CXPRO4 with a nice hydrostatic 468MgRC2 head. My saving-grace is DxO PhotoLab 2. And a nice big 27″ iMac with a tag-along 27″ Apple Cinema Display works just great. Oh, and an X-Rite i1Display.
Want advice? Sure, just ask intelligent questions and don’t be an askhole. Oh, and I don’t respect the skills of those who push HDR to ‘Artistic’ on an iPhone.