Has anyone here been taught photography?
I would hazard a guess that the majority have been taught the basics of producing a photograph, what is needed to compose an image that is a recognisable record of what was in front of the camera when the button was pressed. In addition they have been taught that there are different genres of photography and perhaps, dependant on the level of instruction, been encouraged to look at as many photographs as possible, those deemed to be examples of photographic excellence.
Has anyone here been taught golf?
How to grip the club, what each club is designed to do, what stance to take for each shot. How to play a links course as opposed to a parkland course, how to read a green, watch the masters play, see how they swing the club.
Like photography, that is being taught the basics, the grounding that is necessary before you begin to hit a ball or press a button. The basic mechanics of the sport or artistic pursuit.
That is where the teaching ends. Photography is much more than a mechanical process.
My contention is from there on in you are not taught but you 'learn'. You learn by developing your own style, by trying different methods or approaches, by bending the rules and most of all by making mistakes, and plenty of them.
Asking for advice on the work that you produce will be counter productive if you heed it. You will turn into the person that gives the advice! The classic problem with club photography is listening to club judges passing comment on your work. Try to conform to that advice in order to get higher marks next month and you will quickly become a staid 'club photographer', in other words one who conforms to the rules and is not recogniseable from the rest.
So I concede you can teach someone to take a photograph but you can't teach someone to be a photographer.