Hello everyone. I first got into photography 4 years ago with a point and shoot that had A/S/M controls. I recently bought a Sony Alpha 100 and I'm trying to learn more about photography as an art. Looking at my photos over the past 4 years, I could probably count on one hand the number of pictures which I would consider "artsy" or worth framing. I really enjoy taking pictures and I'm understanding more of the technical aspects, but when I look at pictures other people post (or in magazines) I just think, "wow, my pictures don't look anything like that." Part of me is still trying to figure out what makes those pictures better than mine. I can't describe it, it's just a feeling. This is what I've dedicated myself to learning - what makes pictures great. My goal is to take pictures that can portray the exact emotion or idea I want. That is when I think I'll consider myself a real photographer. So, how long did it take you guys to feel satisfied with your work? Or is it one of those things where you never really get there, because you always know you can do better? I know there's already many threads on advice for newbies (though anything would be appreciated), I was just wanting to discuss the progression of eveyone's skills. Thanks in advance for any replies! I'm looking forward to being more a part of this community.