I'm Pat, and I've been serious about photography for the past year. I started out staring at my father's cameras in awe when I was much younger, and begging to take pictures with them. He rarely let me. When I was older, I got to use cameras more and more, and I learned how to load film and do all that fun stuff. It wasn't until about 2 years ago when my father received a Minolta A200 as a gift from a family member that I found the real joy in photography. I used that and I took some great shots. I had finally found my niche in life. So I'm now 13, and 6 months ago I bought my first camera that was truly mine, a Nikon D40. I was a little bit worried after I bought it that I might have wasted $500 on something that I might not seriously get into, but boy was I wrong. I love taking pictures, and purchasing that camera was one of the best purchases of my life. I can't wait to make some money at photography, but I don't know where to start. I know that making money isn't the main point of photography, but how else will I be able to get better tools without some dough? Also, I've been slightly colorblind my whole life, which isn't a big deal for me, as it's all that I've ever seen, but it's not an abnormal situation for me to say that something is a different color from what another person has seen it as. My plans for the future with photography? My dream job would be to be a Nat. Geo. photographer, as their the best of the best. I would like to get a degree in photography, but I feel it may be going out on a limb because you can't do much as far as making money without being really good. I think I am, but it would still be a risk. So here I am, Pat, the 13 year old semi-colorblind photographer with a D40. I hope you guys enjoy seeing me around.