Training is an important aspect of professional development whether for Baltimore Photographers or for the young gentlemen shown in the image above. They are Njenda Duncan Karanja (left) and Wachira Martin Ndiritu, both of South Africa. They are in a class led by instructor Jerry Van Remburg at the National Security Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Ara Emirates (UAE). The Institute offers basic and broad training on a weekly basis for all security forces in the city. It trains 1000 security guards a month with the aim of engendering public confidence through the level of training the guards receive. Training in any profession can have that effect – of stimulating confidence in those you serve. Clients see the training as vital to your ability to perform your job with a high level of professionalism and efficiency. While there are, in fact, many innate traits that will also guide your performance, it is the training you receive in your chosen field that will ultimately determine how well you do. For my part, as I aim to stand out among the array of Baltimore Photographers, I take the importance of training seriously. It is an area I focused on from early in my pursuit of a career in photography. I began with an Associate of Science in Photography degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Western New York. I then went on to Western Kentucky University where I studied for my Bachelor of Arts in History degree. My Master of Science in Multimedia degree was earned in Central New York, at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School. Throughout all of this I also received on-the-job training (a vital part of any fledgling career) by working as a freelance photographer for Time, the Washington Post Sunday Magazine, Newsweek, US News & World Report, FADER, and Bloomberg Magazine, among others. I was also an intern at both National Geographic Magazine and The New York Times.