Self Taught vs Community Taught

Self Taught vs Community Taught

by Sean Marquantte

When I first bought a DSLR some years ago after using a basic point and shoot camera, I knew I was going to need to learn from others, not only on how to use my camera, but also learn many aspects of photography and editing.  Luckily for me, there is a great photography community in Denver, and Colorado for that matter!

I was able to join several meetup groups, explore the various Facebook groups, and learn from many to help increase my knowledge and have a great time learning a new hobby.  A term that is used often, not only in photography but also other hobbies and professions, is that folks are “self taught.”  While this is true in photography that you have to learn from your own experiences, I encourage folks to lean on the community to learn as much as possible and also expand your network. 

By using the community approach, I have been able to shoot, various concerts, festivals, and events around town that I would have never known about just going the self taught route.  Using the community approach has also allowed me to meet many people that I may not have talked to or met otherwise.  

While I shoot mostly portraits, here you can see past work of a Cosplay shoot during Denver Comic Con/Denver Pop Culture Con in 2017, a performance during The Underground Music Showcase in 2017, a snippet from the first Women’s March in 2017, a composite of a Dia de los Muertos themed shoot, and one my current all time favorites the flower super-moon rising over the Denver skyline. 

You can see more of my work on Instagram.  Smarquantte is my main profile with a mixture of all genres and,beauty is focused more on my portrait shoots.  You can also find my older work on my website,