Hey, Just signed up to the forum a couple of days ago. Hope this is the place to put this, and hope its not too long haha. Have been playing around with taking photos with my phone camera recently. Mostly just photos of my dog and flowers. I thought it would be fun to buy a DSLR and so got a Canon 350D for quite cheap. I like to take up as many hobbies as I can and so wanted to get as far into photography as I could. I am quite nervous getting into this as a hobby. When I watch videos on youtube I see that people say things like look at your favourite photographers and that for inspiration and I don't really have anyone to "look up to" in that regard. I saw some night photography and love the old retro style of Peter McKinnon (no idea how famous he is but I liked his stuff, seems nice also). Did anyone else have that situation? I guess I also just don't even know where to progress too. I would love to take photos of the sky and the milky way, I also have a telescope so deep space imaging would be cool someday but I know to keep my expectations realistic. Its the same with photographing wildlife, here I guess I do have ideas of what I want, I dream of taking the pics that go into nat geo or something haha. But again I know to be realistic and if everyone could get them pics everyone would. Problem with this is I don't even know how to get started practising this. I don't have a posh lens or a tripod, I cant get close enough to birds without spooking them off. Everyone on Youtube seems to do a lot of photographing models and stuff and I don't think I would ever have the guts/mindset to do that. Suppose I feel a little down just thinking how overwhelming this all is. I mean I know starting out in any hobby is quite challenging but still I feel like a complete noob, I go out to my local beach but all my pics look lame haha. I can barely figure out what to photograph, when I do the photo looks terrible. Did anyone else have this feeling starting out? Sorry for the long post. I will probably split this up into more focused questions when my mind calms down, I learn more about photography and learn more about the forum.