Division of Time

When I was small I thought I would grow up learning a profession, master my profession sometime before I reached the age of 30, and then spend my remaining years practicing my profession.  Imagine my surprise to find I found it necessary to change my profession more than twice.  Imagine further that my current profession, digital photography, was in its infancy a decade ago, and today is in at most its juvenile stage.  We have a long way to go.

Digital photography requires a great deal of practice, and a great deal of learning and keeping up with new technology.  And because digital photography is so closely intertwined with all types of other technologies from the science of sensors, to leading edge computer design, to the most innovative software development.  The amount of information we need to digest and merge with previous knowledge appears to grow more in volume each year.  Will we ever reach equilibrium?

I was giving thought to this subject over the last week when working with the new features of Lightroom Version 3 beta 2, reading about the new technology behind the "content-aware" functions of Adobe's CS5, updating Phase One's Capture One Pro version 5.1.1., benchmarking my new SSD, testing out the newest GPS, and reading on the speculation of Canon's new 1ds Mark IV rumored to be announced at Photokina this year.  How much training on new technology did your profession require last week?  I'm sure you can see where I'm going with this.

No matter how busy I get, no matter how many clients want to book workshops, I still must allot a significant portion of my (I don't want to say "free") available time to keeping up on an ever growing list of trade websites, reading certain professional forums, and personally testing/learning about new technologies of all kinds.  It rarely if ever demands less than every waking moment.  I wonder if even doctors have this much 'new stuff' to learn?  And I wonder will we ever reach equilibrium.

Until next time..