A camera is simply a tool in my quiver for my art. Taking the photograph is just the start of the journey. Then I bring it home, load it into my computer and let it "marinate" a few days. Many times looking at the photo right after the shoot you remember the things about the shoot that went awry and you look at the image, and say to yourself, "that didn't turn out too bad" when actuality its a piece of crap. So I save my editing until the shoot is a dim memory.
About me...I have been working in the arts my entire career. I was a theater make-up major in college, I worked as a darkroom technician, and then did a 25 year stint at an NPR affiliate. I have been painting since 3rd grade. Working with a camera since high school, so I guess that's about 46 years by now. I guess you can't call me a student by conventional terms, but I am a life-long learner and at 65 I learn something new everyday.