Re: Who was most influential in teaching you how to take picture Like most of the others, I was largely self taught to start with. But two of my my step fathers were in the film business, one as a Director and the other as a production Director. I taught my self to develop and print during the war with the help of scrounged paper from the studios. I read every book and magazine on photography at school; and after national service went to Photo college where I leant almost nothing new, but loved the whole experience. I am now well retired after a life time playing with the toys I love.