I've always loved taking photographs but I didn't start doing it regularly until I got a smart phone four or five years ago. Up until that point I never viewed myself as a "creative person". I can't draw, sing, play a musical instrument or write fiction. Through shooting photos with my smart phone I discovered my creativity and it was liberating. I began taking trips around Central Texas for the sole purpose of capturing images on my smart phone. I would wake up early on the weekends and wander through downtown Austin to shoot whatever caught my eye. This past summer I bought an entry level DSLR camera (Nikon D3400) which shared time with my iPhone camera. About four months ago I began using my Nikon almost exclusively. I'm pretty much self taught aside from delving into the vast amounts of information on the web. The most important thing I've learned though is that, for the first time in my life, I have deep and abiding passion for something and it's glorious!