Sunday, December 5, 2010

Quick Digital Imaging Tip 37/100: Think About The Four Levels of Learning

This is tip #37 of 101 digital imaging tips I plan to post here over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Today's tip: Think about the four levels of learning.

Here is something to think about in your quest for becoming a good photographer - The four levels of learning.

1 Unconscious Incompetence - We think we are kinda good.

2 Conscious Incompetence - We know we need help.

3 Conscious Competence - We know we are good.

4 Unconscious Competence - The level we all want to reach in the things we care passionately about. We don’t really have to think too much about what we are doing . . . we just do it!

Post a comment here as to your level. I'd love to hear from you. If you post a comment here, rather than on twitter and facebook, others can see your thoughts on growing as a photographer. Don't be shy. We are all in this together.

Explore the light,


Robert Nixon said...

I float between #3 and #4 depending on the subjects. When shooting in low light and at night I just shoot without even thinking about it much and get great results. A lot of full daylight photography I need to keep checking myself to be sure I am not making a major mistake. It basically boils down to anytime I am doing long exposures I just instinctively understand how the camera works much better than during full light.

I remember stages #1 and #2 and can actually go back and look at my photos from then... scary

Piersol Photography said...

I think I'm somewhere between conscious incompetence and conscious competence. Some days I'm okay with where I am, and some days I feel like it's a struggle to get to the level I want to reach.

Matt said...

I think I'm between #2 and #3. For example, missing that the focus point landed on the wall instead of the subject, and then only taking one picture. :( I think once I learn more patience and that it's OK to take a little time to create and capture those moments, I'll be more solidly in #3.

susan Carroll-Seger said...

I would say I am betwee #3 & #4 depending on the situation,the subject at hand & my 'stress level'. Of course then there is the ocassional brain freeze but that's temporary...Some days I am #4 all day!!!

Sheylynne said...

I fall between 2 and 3. I definitely can make great pictures but I do feel like I have other things to learn. I experiment all the time and sometimes I have great results and other times, not so much. It's a fun journey though.

Anki said...

I'm between #2 and #3 but maybe closer to #2. Just bought my first DSLR but have used a camera for maybe 30-35 yrs. some people says I'm doing good but the more I learn the more I realize how little I actually know ... Do I have talent or have I only been lucky before??? That's the question.

Stampmouse said...

probably level 2 especially if I look back over the last few years work. I often find myself saying man I wish I could go back to such and such and shoot it again now taht I know more. But I am always seeking more knowledge on how to be better and some day I wont have to say that I want to go back and shoot sommething because I will have accomplished it right the first time. said...

The more I know, the more I know I have to learn!, so obviously in #2, and I think I will be there for ever, there will always be a TON for me to learn. Comfort zone means going out of it to the next place!