Started with a Canon 400D (Rebel XTi) with 18-55 kitlens.
Put the mode dial on Green Box and did my very best to fill the 8GB CF-Card.
Back at home I copied the pictures to my laptop and watched them all.
Found out that some pictures were not what I thought they should be.
Learned that I could leave the Green Box and use Tv and/or Av.
Googled all the Internet to find out what I could (should) do.
Found this forum.
Tried to replicate the pictures shown here.
Read the comments to learn (a lot!) and got inspired to look at the world with different eyes.
Dared to ask questions here an POTN.
Bought a 55-250 USM lens.
Went to the soccer games in my village.
Bought a 16GB CF -Card because the 8GB was not enough.
Found out about Raw (cr2).
Bought a second 16Gb CF-Card
Practiced, practiced, practiced, for a year or 3, 4.
Encountered the limits of the 400D.
Upgraded the body.
Practiced, practiced, practiced, for another year.
upgraded the lens.
(repeat the last three indefinitely)