My first camera was a Kodak film camera that I took to college. Much later, the birthday gift of a great camera was all the motivation I needed to expand my horizons beyond family snapshots.  I read all the books I could find and took rolls of slide and print film.  I wanted more out of my photos.  After many classes and field trips with helpful critiques, I learned to actually see things around me, whether far away or right under my nose. I learned to examine my work more thoroughly, and to look for the unexpected. Most of all I learned the patience to wait for a shot, though it is a skill I need more time to master.