In the last (approximately) two years, I have been what one may consider a "hobbyist". However, my personality is such that, when I get involved with something, I jump in with both feet. It tends to overwhelm my life at the beginning, but eventually settles down and gets into a comfortable rhythm.
So, after I purchased the Canon T1i from my brother, I went back home to my dad's place in Grand Bend to show off my new (used) DSLR and take as many photos as I could. I figured all you had to do was turn on the camera and push the shutter button. Haha...Well, when I got back to Toronto, I realized that I had a lot to learn! Out of maybe 150 photo's, only 2 or 3 were presentable. The rest were over exposed, underexposed, framed incorrectly, etc...It was humbling!
It was time to figure this photography thing out (this is ongoing). I reached out to one of my favourite learning tools, YouTube! I proceeded to spend hours upon hours watching videos on everything from camera settings to photography tutorials and started to learn that photography was so much more than grabbing a camera and hitting the shutter button. Having said that, there are times when you just need to press the shutter button. I guess what I mean by that is sometimes we over think or delay, looking for that perfect shot, when in fact it's right in front of us.
Photography is a beautiful way to express oneself. I am continually learning and improving and yes, You Tube continues to be my go to resource for everything you would want to know and plenty of what you don't need to know about photography!