I was just thinking of how long I have been taking pictures. Was giving advice in another thread and made me think of what gives me the right to give advice. I have been taking pictures on my own for 30 years now. I'm getting old. I got my first camera at 6, Kodak Handle (I have one today). First playing with 35mm at 9. In between borrowing the parents 35, I had gone through several 110's. First own 35mm was at 19. First paycheck from photography 21. Started own processing at 22. Last paycheck from photography 23 First digital at 30. First large format at 30. First medium format at 30. First DSLR at 35.