I acquired my first camera in 1957 at 12 years old. It was one of those cheap little black plastic jobs that took evil wide angle, out of focus, monochrome shots. Not a major achievement, but hey, I was a "photographer".
It wasn't until about twenty years later that I purchased a Zeissicon Voigtlander duty free whilst serving aboard my first Royal Navy ship. I remember it having a sickly brown faux leather case. Snapshots were the name of the game, and it really didn't go any further than that. Many years later again, I was living in Canada and I purchased a Pentax A3000 SLR from KMart. My interest ignited, I went on a spending spree for lenses, remotes, filters, flashes, and anything else that I either didn't really need or didn't know how to use anyway. And I still didn't get it - I was still in snapshot mode.
It wasn't until I came to Australia (having taken time out into videography with a top of the line Sony TRV 900E), that I entered the digital camera arena again, and this time for real. Not one to spend out big as a beginner, I started off with a Canon 350D, then more recently settled on a Canon 60D kit with the 18-200mm telephoto lens and a 1:1.8 50mm.
My interest has grown and I have learnt much more about the technical aspects of photography from fellow photographers and Internet research. I subscribe to several photography sites and blogs and have even had five of my photographs accepted by Dreamstime.com. Now I wish to become more creative. I have Lightroom and Photoshop, and use them almost daily to enhance selected shots, or just to experiment. Joining CPS was an opportunity to explore and learm more about both the technical, and the creative side of photography. Soon after I joined the club I developed my own website http://slrjourney.com where I hopefully pass on what I have learnt to other novices in the digital SLR world.