Hello MacRumors, I wanted to make a post here asking for any tips or guidelines that you may give to someone that is new to Photography. I'd like to also give a bit of my background, as well as mention what equipment and software I have in order to help if anyone is kind enough to reply. This may be a bit of a lengthy post, and admittedly this sub-forum seems a bit intimidating for a beginner like myself, but I would really appreciate any feedback. I currently own two cameras and I purchased each one with the intentions of using them primarily for video. I do pen and ink illustrations and I had hoped to start recording and commentating them in order to help others learn to draw. I have a Canon EOS M (mirrorless/compact) and a Sony WX350 (point-and-shoot). I purchased the Canon about a year and a half ago, and the Sony about a year ago when I decided that I wanted something a bit more portable than a mirrorless that still recorded in 1080P. Long story short, unfortunately after getting prepared to do all of this and purchasing all of this equipment, I had succumbed to a few different mental disorders, and have failed to do anything with any of it. I'm sorry if any of my camera terms are off, as I don't know much about them or taking Photographs as a whole, but one thing I am very familiar with is editing software. I have been using Photoshop since I was a quite young, started out in CS if I remember correctly. I currently own and use CS5 just for personal use - meaning I edit and enhance free to use stock photographs as my own desktop backgrounds and the like, and don't redistribute or post them by any means. This is one of the reasons that I don't feel as discouraged or intimidated to start delving into this, being so familiar with Photoshop - because I am sure that when I was younger I found it extremely overwhelming. The EOS M is the other reason I don't feel as overwhelmed, because I find it pretty easy to navigate, although I don't know what is best as far as shooting modes and the like. I did my homework when purchasing this camera, and while there were problems with the auto-focus at the time, firmware has seemed to fix that now. I purchased it primarily for video as stated previously, which is why I overlooked the auto-focus issues when taking continuous photographs, but now I wish to use this for images. I recently moved to an area that has a lot of nature of wildlife and it has quite a bit of potential for photographs as long as I learn properly. I regret purchasing the WX350. I had actually planned on selling the EOS M and all of its accessories and just using the "all-in-one," more simplistic point-and-shoot that still shot high res images but I have moved away from that after digging out the EOS M recently. I love the build quality, menu system, and form factor of this camera. It has all of the features that I want, none of the ones that I don't want (WiFi, NFC - I'm sort of oldschool) and it looks somewhat easy to navigate even for someone like me that isn't very familiar with all of the the different shooting options. I now plan to sell the WX350, and use the EOS M as my all-purposes camera. I'm not asking anyone for links or to research for me. I have read the entire manual for the camera that I own and have read up and watched videos on different techniques and strategies to better myself as a photographer. I am hoping for interaction and that some of the users here can share personal experience - maybe something that really helped you when you were just starting out, or information that you wish you had from the start. If I failed to mention previously, I will be doing this strictly as a hobby, but I am definitely a perfectionist and I want to be the best photographer that I can be. Sorry if this is all over the place, as I have a hard time gathering my thoughts, especially when intimidated. Thank you to anyone that takes the time to read and reply, DV.