Well, I took the plunge and got myself enrolled in an online workshop.
If ever there was one photographer that I can claim as being the most inspirational to me I would have to answer, Dean Collins. Sadly he passed long before I ever became serious about photography but his teachings live on in video form. He had a very unique way of breaking a difficult concept into easy to understand terms. And we all know light is not an easy concept to grasp. On a side note, I suggest looking up some of Dean Collins' videos on YouTube (not Dean Collins the dancer) or find a copy of his "Live at Brooks Institute."
In my search for modern inspiration I found two other photographers that really catch my attention. Alex Koloskov and Don Giannatti. Alex has a fantastically clean sense of image making while imbuing them with motion. Just look at the great stuff he does with capturing liquids in motion. Breathtaking. He has a YouTube channel worth checking out but be warned, English is not his native language and he tends to ramble.
Don, I had the great privilege of watching two of his workshops on Creative Live. What caught me about his teaching style were two things; First was he teaches many of the same principals as Dean did and, second, his no nonsense point of view. He doesn't beat around the bush, sugar coat the industry or make excuses. I really like that about him.
Don does a "Project 52 Pro" workshop where he leads students through a year's worth of instruction utilizing real world examples. In the end the student gains valuable practical knowledge and a healthy portfolio. I passed up the last two years and told myself I wouldn't pass it up again. So, I bit the bullet, as they say, and enrolled. I promised myself I would buckle down and get more serious with my photography but I was having a hard time stepping back from my day job. Hopefully this workshop will be what it takes to break my old habits.
I'll keep you updated along the way.
"If you didn't learn something new today, you wasted a day."