Nobody truly “makes it on their own.” Whether it’s as complex as a mentorship or as simple as a passing piece of advice, every professional has had some level of support or guidance on their way up.
News flash – it doesn’t matter how much you know about your gear, or how well you’ve thought through your current situation. The first pictures you shoot will not be your best work. Translation: put in more time and you’ll produce better results.
I love going to photo class. It’s always a new adventure and there are always cool projects to work on. All the photo gear is super-fun to play with and I get to learn new things every day.
My students seem to enjoy it as well.