Continuing the series of Ws I guess When can come next.
When did you start photography? And what made you take the leap from point and shoot snaps to it being a real hobby?
I dived straight in. I started using my brother's Pentax S1a taking photos off TV with the camera on a tripod. I had no idea what I was doing but wanted pictures of David Bowie as he performed on TOTP and of the cartoon dog Snoopy. Looking back some of my first stuff in the mid 70s was awful but I had pics of two characters I really admired at that time. (and developed them myself in my mum's kitchen). It wasn't long before I bought my first magazine, Practical Photography (I still have that 1974 issue somewhere) and I soon joined a local club in the grounds of Middlewood Hospital (now a housing estate). It was quite daunting - a group of seniors all with stacks of knowledge, but I stuck with it and picked up loads of their knowledge. It's not quite the same as having the internet to research and forums to chat on, but it still helped me with the steep learning curve.