I remember when I first learned that we no longer double space after a period at the end of a sentence—apparently YEARS after the fact. Actually, I don’t remember when I learned it exactly, but I do remember my reaction.
“WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME?!”
Shock. Denial. Anger. And then I stopped treating it like an epic life change or devestation.
But I was in disbelief. How long had this been the case and people—family, friends—had not let me know? HOW did I not know?!
I learned a valuable lesson that day.
The trouble is that you often don’t know what you don’t know.
Captain obvious and/or major meta alert, right?
It seems simple, but the implications of it are not. How can we educate ourselves when we don’t know where our ignorance lies?
I’ve thought of this often regarding photography. What are other photographers doing that I don’t even know about? What am I doing that other photographers aren’t?
A few years ago, my friend and a fellow photographer, Milli, and I were sitting around and editing photos in Lightroom. She glanced over and saw me using some tool she had never used. The proverbial light bulb went off in her head, and she asked me to show her. And then she showed me her editing process and the tools she uses, and I learned some new tricks I still use to this day.
I think that much of what we don’t know, we stumble upon somewhat randomly. Maybe that's just life. But I’ve started thinking about ideas to actively facilitate learning more and reducing what we don’t know.
How can we share knowledge amongst each other?
One idea I’ve had is a group photo editing session, more casual than a workshop or mere presentations. Just hang out together while editing photos, getting a sense for how people edit and finding out more if there’s something you haven’t seen before and want to learn.
What do you think? What other ideas do you have?