Oh, oh! I learned a really big lesson: Never loose the key fob to a rent-a-car!
Ok, meeting people was number one and the conversations that came from that.
#2, both seeing incredible work and watching the workflow that others have worked out for themselves. Seeing Nick Sonder and Michael Brightman do their thing is a lot better in person than trying to wade through a book. I’m not saying I will now copy exactly their methods, but now I understand them better.
I’ve struggled with Advanced Camera Tools, but Fat Pencil’s photogrammetry work is incredible, so I know it can be done.
I’ve learned there’s no magic bullet for point clouds; It still takes a brain to interpret it and turn it into a model.
It goes the other way too. I gave a tip to a relative beginner over breakfast one morning, and she found me at breakfast the next day to tell me she tried it out over night and thanked me for the tip. That was nice.