What I’ve Learned about Photography, Knitting, and Feedback

The purpose of this blog is to document my thoughts, ideas, and journeys through learning.

Right now, I’m learning photography, and it’s soooo much harder than I thought it would be. I mean, I have a digital camera, so you just point and click, right? WRONG! I’m learning about composition, rule of thirds, and just the basics. I still have to learn about depth of field, apertures, and a whole host of other things.

Click here to go to my photostream on flikr. Let me know how I’m doing, and if you would have done anything different to make the pictures even better. That’s my phrase…it can always be better! Here is one of my current favorites:


And about knitting…I learned how to cast-on and how to knit, but I have absolutely no idea what to do when the ball of yarn runs out or I come to the end of my scarf. I still have more to learn. If you have any suggestions or ideas, or helpful tips/tricks…I’m all ears!

What I’m learning about learning is that you need to get feedback from others, and most importantly, you must open yourself to that feedback. How many times have you been trying to learn something, and you have no idea if you were going down the right path? How did that make you feel? As trainers, we need to remember that feeling. I have no idea if my knitting is right, so I’m happily going down my merry path. What if I’m learning and reinforcing the wrong movements?

Also, lets remember that we are training adults. Praising them for each correct action they make, no matter how small is just as damaging as giving them no feedback. As with most things in life, it’s all about moderation and balance.

I think that tomorrow I will ruminate on what I would do if one of my students learned the wrong thing, and how I would deal with that situation. I really have no idea, but I’ll ponder it tonight!

About Tricia Ransom

Patricia Ransom: wife, daughter, friend. Learning, laughing, living. Chicago, Illinois, downstate. Townie, urbanite, traveller. Note: The opinions expressed on this blog belong solely to me and should not be assumed to reflect the opinions of any of my employers past, current, or future.
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6 Responses to What I’ve Learned about Photography, Knitting, and Feedback

  1. michelle says:

    i am so excited and happy to hear you’re photographing things! i shoot what i feel most of the time. the feeling can be really small, but sometimes the feeling i get to take a specific photograph amost makes me cry. but then again, i’m a little emo that way.

    can’t wait to see more of your photographs!


    • Patricia Ransom says:

      You and Jimmy are teaching me, through example, that the great shots happen when your just clicking away. The more I shoot, the more I’ll get. I see shapes in things more than the emotion, and Jimmy sees curves and swoops. Look at his pictures…there is always a huge swooshing curve somewhere in it! I’ll keep you updated as I take more


  2. E A says:

    Wow! I’m impressed. You express your thoughts so clearly. When do you have time for all this learning? (not to mention the time to ruminate on what you’ve learned AND share it online!?!) I want your time… and your motivation… 😉 Hope to see you soon.


    • Patricia Ransom says:

      Why thank you! Lately I’ve been practicing expressing myself since I’ve noticed my vocabulary is devolving and I keep using stock phrases like “you know”, “make sense?”

      I don’t know where the time comes from, but usually these are just thoughts that build up during the day…I don’t spend more than about 30 minutes on them. I think I’ve cut back substantially on the television, and that is where my time is coming from.

      As far as motivation…HA! I just have thoughts that are driving me batty in my head, so I’ve decided to share them with you guys.


  3. phototravel1 says:

    You are an able student, grasshopper. You will learn much.


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