I was fortunate to have a brother who is a photographer and taught me how to shoot. I learned the old school way of smelling developer and fixer in the darkroom. With the advent of digital, I was provided a new way to take creativity to a new personal level.
When someone is interested in photography, I always tell them to remember one thing: Regardless if it is film or digital, the most important lesson I ever learned is to "turn around". Many times when you think there isn't a good photo opportunity, look behind you. The light coming though the trees, shadows on a person, almost everything looks different, and many times, simply better.