I have a goal that I would like to start a small business doing photography. However, I am a beginner at all the pertinent things that need to be learned. Yes, I can use a point and shoot, but I want to have a heck of a lot more talent than that, and rightly so if I want to do it professionally. My questions for you are: How did you learn the skills that you have acquired? Did you take courses, offline or online, or did you do something else? What was it that made it all click in? Honestly, right now, I am confused. LOL How long did it take you to acquire the skills and before you got into your profession? Anything else you can add would be great. Books you can recommend that may help a confused person like me, etc.?