Welcome to Lesson 8 — Final Thoughts and Going Further
Congratulations on getting to the final lesson of the course! We’ve covered a lot over the past 15 days, and I don’t expect you to remember or feel confident about all the concepts I’ve discussed. That takes lots of practice and a willingness to fail.
But failure is not the opposite of success - doing nothing is the opposite of success. Failure is a necessary and positive step along your path to learning and eventually mastering any new skill. Printing is no different and you’ve already made the most important commitment of all - getting started.
Below are links to previous lessons in case you missed any:
I created this course to share my love of printing and how it’s helped me grow as a photographer and artist.
My sincere hope is that it will do the same for you, and that’s what motivates me every day: inspiring others to discover their full creative potential.
Treat each print you make as an experiment, where there’s always something to learn from what works and what doesn’t. Take notes so that you reinforce the concepts and can track your progress. This is critically important when tackling a complex skill like printing. The clearer and simpler you are about your process, the easier it is to eliminate problems and improve your weaknesses.
- Treat each print as an experiment.
- The clearer and simpler you are about your process, the easier it is to eliminate problems.
- Minimize your workflow and toolset as much as possible.
- Print for yourself, not for others.
- Stay on the edge of success and failure.
- Your ambitions should be slightly beyond your abilities.
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I hope you have found these lessons useful and insightful.
I will leave you with one last thought by the poet David Whyte:
"A good work always leads you into worlds you could not have imagined for yourself."