I started out with photography 10 years ago. A friends of mine got a DSLR for christmas. Holding it in my hands and realizing that i'd probably have to use the automatic mode to begin with and not one of these dozens of other buttons and their possibilities, was frustrating. So onto wikipedia and kept reading until i went full circle a few times. Ramped up my hours at the printing plant and few months later I got myself a SONY A100.
Since in my mind I didn't get around too much, I sold it years later. I feel like you need different scenes to keep it interesting. However, as it turns out, todays smartphones do just fine and basic photography principles still apply.