Through all 4 years of high school, I chose different types of art class for my required electives. I enjoyed the art classes and learning about composition and various other fundamental aspects of art and design. But I was always frustrated because of my lack of skill. I simply could not get onto paper the creative vision I had in my head. Perhaps you can relate?
All of that changed when I took photography as an elective. I found that a camera allowed me to capture images and create artwork that brought my creative vision to life. I had taken pictures for years, but they lacked impact. In my photography class I learned how the different settings on the camera could be adjusted to create a more powerful image. It opened a whole new world for me. That's not to say that I began developing great photographs over night. But I finally felt I had the knowledge and tools necessary to allow me to begin to create more powerful images. That is when my real love for photography began.
One of my favorite photos I developed during my photography class was from the self portrait assignment we had to shoot. It was really cold that night so rolling around in the mud was literally breathtaking.