From the age of 17, I had the opportunity to travel around Europe and the Middle East as a dancer. However, I encountered a recurring issue when promoting our dance group – the lack of promotional photos and videos. To address this problem, I decided to purchase my first DSLR camera from a local camera store – a Nikon D5100 with a kit lens 18-55mm – never imagining that it would be the beginning of a new career for me. After learning the basic settings of the camera, I experimented with placing it on stage with the timer set to shoot continuously every 5 seconds during performances. After each show, I eagerly grabbed the camera to review the results. However, since the camera was set to auto settings, out of the thousands of shots, only a few were actually usable. I quickly learned to lock the focus and adjust the aperture to improve my results. Eager to improve my skills, I began searching for photography tutorials and reading books on the subject. I practiced new techniques with my colleagues every day. Fortunately, my career as a dancer only required evening performances, so I had the entire day to focus on developing my photography skills. Looking back, I believe this was my biggest advantage in learning photography as a new skill.