The age old question ? can photography be taught or are the lucky few ''borne'' with a natural talent .
Well the technical side of photography , Depth of field , shutter speeds , flash technique , etc can be taught .
But composition ? some people are born with a natural eye and can see things that would pass most people by , others see colours and shades of light that are easily missed .
I think that it can be taught , but you need a willing pupil .
I've seen first hand on other forums how rank beginers in a few years can become very accomplished photographers .
Like ugly ducklings into swans .
It takes a willingness to learn , the ability to listen to others , as well as the ability to take critique and never ever think you know it all , no matter how long you've been taking photographs .
We can all take bad shots as well as good , the trick is to learn and expand your knowledge with every setback , learn from your mistakes , it's an old saying but a true one .
I remember in 2000 during the foot and mouth outbreak i was asked by a magazine to shoot a farm in Cornwall , i had to stay in a B&B pub in a small village just outside Plymouth .
Getting up the first morning , i went down for breakfast with my Nikon F90X and a small fuji digital 6800 (my first excusion into digital).
The bar had a few customers and interest was shown in my gear .
One guy said ''just as well you're only here for one night , there's nothing worth shooting around here'' i bet him a round of drinks that night against my nights bill that i could go outside and within half hour have 2 pictures that could hang on the pubs walls .
I won my bet , and as far as i know the pics are still there to prove it .
But to get back to the original question , my answer .....a good eye and a willingness to learn .