My Grandfather gave me my first real camera a Minolta. Right now I'm using a Nikon D60 and a Kodak DX7590 5.0 digital. I've taken some basic classes, read some books but mostly I just shoot what interest me. I like nature and wildlife mostly. They stand still for the most part and don't complain when you take too many pictures or take too long. When I'm out shooting it's easy to lose time and shoot 100 or more pics. They might not all be good but with a little PhotoShop magic you can save almost any photo. The key is patience and being quiet. Taking pictures is therapeutic to me almost zen. I would love to make a living taking & selling my photos.