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Hey, welcome! You know, one of things that I love to do when I'm teaching is to walk the aisles. And I walk the aisles and I ask the students questions. I say, "Hey, how's it going. What's happening? How are things for you today?" And I get some pretty interesting responses, and we have a bit of a dialog. Now while you and I can't dialog today, I can pose a question: How are things going for you? And I get some pretty interesting responses to that as I mentioned. Sometimes students will say, "You know, things are great, I love it! I can't believe this. I've learned so many interesting things." I give them a high-five, the pat on the back, and I'm on my way.
Other students say, "You know, things are great, but I just don't understand masking. I don't get it." And I say, "Okay, great, no problem. Let's dig into masking, let's really deconstruct how this works, so let's make sure you get this topic." Other students say, "You know what? I am fried, I'm burned out. This class is so fast. I don't get this, you know? I'm not having any fun anymore. I'm having a tough time." And when I hear those words, I'm grateful because we can do something about that. I say, "Okay, well, what do we need to do. What do we need to revisit? What topics are you missing or what do you need to do to change things up?" Because the art and craft of photography is supposed to be passionate, it's supposed to be fun.
And so we can correct course. Well, then there're these other students who say, "You know, I don't know how I'm doing," and those are the ones I'm most worried about. I'm most worried about those because they're the same students that I see a few months or weeks later after the class, and I say, "Hey, how are things?" And they say, "You know, things are good, the class was fun, but you know, I just don't understand curves. I don't understand masking. I don't really understand sharpening." I'm thinking to myself, "Oh my gosh!" These students don't understand some of the most core, significant, and important aspects of Photoshop.
And I think that they don't understand these things because they weren't honestly asking themselves that question throughout the course, "How am I doing? What am I getting? What am I not getting?" So here's a question for you once again: How are things? And if you answer that question by saying, you know I'm kind of burned out or maybe you know what? I'm just kind of passively watching this, I'm not really learning it. Well, correct course. Do whatever it takes to bring back a bit of passion or to make sure you really learn a topic. If there's something that you don't know or you're not really certain about, well, go back and re-watch that movie five times until you really get it, because if you revisit something you're not sure about, you'll really own it, you'll get to know it, it'll become part of your working knowledge, and then you'll be able to successfully integrate that to your overall workflow.
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