Getting great shots myself is a buzz but nowhere near the buzz of teaching others to get great shots.
When I started teaching photography, I was asked by a few fellow professionals ‘…aren’t you afraid you’ll give all your tricks away and end up teaching who turns out to be your competition?’
I don’t see it that way and never have. My reply to them was that ‘…tricks can be learned, my eyes are mine’.
Someone else also once asked me ‘…do you ever stop teaching someone when it looks like they’ll end up better than you?’
That was an even dafter question than the first one. As a parent, would I stop teaching my kids because one day they might turn out to be smarter than me? No. It’s the same with teaching strangers. The kick I get from teaching anyone, anything, is the kick of passing knowledge and skills on in the hope that the person I am teaching improves and gets more out of what they do.
Photo ©Liam Griffith