Since first taking up a DSLR a few years ago I’ve been taking scattered phases of mentorships and workshops with pro photographers to learn more about it.
Initially I was mostly concerned with using it as a means of purely
reference. I would draw and paint from the photos (an approach taught
to me by a handful of master book cover illustrators — IMC)
It made me the odd-ball of the smaller classes. Most of the
photographers I met tried to do as little post-production on their work
A lot of the workshops included photographing a professional
glamour/dancer/fashion model of some kind. I would provide some of the
photos at the end of the workshop if they requested them.
As some of the models I worked with fleshed out their model agency
profiles my photography started showing up in their portfolios.