Can check with the pros on what is the progression or learning curve for someone who just 'graduated' from Digital Camera to being proficient in using a full Manual controls/settings in DSLR? I think all the Lao Jiao probably started somewhere, maybe many years ago and now use DSLR and meddle with the settings proficiently based on where they are, use the correct lenses etc..
Of course different people will progress differently depending on frequency of shooting, diligently reading up and understand theories and also individual talent in photography.
Mind to share what you think is the stage you yourself go through to be at least a decent photographer ?
Stage 1. Decided that you want to have more control of how your pictures will turn out, need better IQ
Stage 2. Read up and understand difference between DSLR and Digital Camera, learn the basics of ISO, Shutter and Aperture.
Stage 3. Bought an Entry level DSLR or maybe semi-pro but with noobie controls like Auto settings.
Stage 4. Start shooting.. starting from Full Automatic and understand how the computer sets the setting in point 2 base on the surrounding conditions.
Stage 5. Start shooting using Manual settings.....
Stage 6. Advanced stage, buying and appreciating high grade lenses (e.g. L lense for Canon) and using Tripod, going on night shoot, landscape shoot etc..
Stage 7.. taking photographs for competition ? hehe.. just my guess.
How long did it take you guys to go from 4 to 5 ? Just to have an indication...