My first camera was a flat little Kodak that took a 110 film cartridge, received from “Santa” in the early 80’s. My immediate thought was, “I have my own camera… I am cool now!” Unfortunately, other than pressing the little button on top, I was totally clueless regarding photography. And it showed. I still have some images taken with that first camera, and I can promise you they were anything but cool.
Fast forward about 15 years or so. I had experience with a few more point and shoots under my belt, but still saw no real improvement in the images I captured (except that more of them were now in focus *shrugs*). But that didn’t stop me from “snapping” whenever I could, as evident by the boxes of prints in my closet.
I was pregnant with my daughter and wanted to be able to capture better images/memories of her. So I fell into the trap of, “A better camera will allow me to take better pictures!” I bit back my fear of a “professional camera” (boy did I have a lot to learn), and purchased my very first SLR, a Nikon N60. It was a good camera (and still is – believe it or not, I still have it!), but I found out pretty quickly that I still had no idea of what I was doing, and now I was totally confused (so many features!). I shot 100% in Auto mode, and, sure enough, my images only looked slightly better. I started a photography course, hoping to at least learn the basics, but was not able to finish it. Over the years, as my frustration grew, I took fewer and fewer images with the N60 (and in general). And then one Halloween in 2002, I did the unthinkable. I dropped it. I bought a new lens (trust me, the kit lens was done), but never had the body checked out, and had started to lose my taste for it at that point. So, I just kind of set the whole camera aside. I went back to point and shoots, and that, as they say, was that.
A few more years, and a “few” snapshots, later, I was back in school, figuring out which gen ed classes I wanted to take. The Intro to Photography course practically jumped off the page, screaming, “TAKE ME!” And that was it. I was hooked. I bought my first DSLR, jumped in with both feet, and haven’t looked back.