I've been into photography for quite some time now, ever since I was a child I always wanted to have a camera with me. Even if it was one of those cheapo disposable cameras with 100 film ( I always begged my mother for the more expensive 400). As I grew older, I became interested in other things and stopped spending my money on film and time in the darkroom. Around this time, we began to see the inclusion of decent sensors in smartphones and if a person wasn't using a cheap point-and-shoot they were using their smartphones. I even fell into this and began using my iPhone for most of my photography on the go. It was something I had already paid for, was using everyday for a number of tasks, and was always available to me.
After spending some time doing this I began to feel like I wasn't able to capture some of the images that I wanted to, this led me to start leaning back towards the world of cameras, and even more importantly, the world of DSLRs. I was shocked when I got my first Nikon and saw just how expensive it was to get an entry-level DSLR, and it almost scared me away from getting back into the hobby. Luckily I had been viewing the work and tutorials of great photographers like Matt Granger (www.mattgranger.com) and Nico Mojica (www.camcrunch.com) and I just had to get back into taking real photos.
Even though I knew it would be similar to outgrowing your first bike, I wanted to make sure I didn't overwhelm myself when I started so I opted for the entry-level Nikon D3100. My local Best Buy was having a sale on the kit and I just could not pass it up. After convincing my wife that $500 is actually very cheap for a DSLR with two kit lenses (which was not easy mind you) I took my new toy home and began using it. It took a little bit of time but I easily learned all the functions of the camera and paired with Adobe CC began producing some fairly decent work with it.