Though an IT person by trade, I discovered photography by accident thanks to my wife.  After graduating nursing school, she wanted a DSLR as a graduation gift.  She had always been a shutterbug, but she asked me to help her learn how to use this newfangled piece of hardware.  Being a new piece of tech for me to master, I did my due diligently, and tinkered with it a lot. I even read the manual for the camera - a first.  But something happened along the way, not only did I discover the science of the equipment but the art of photography.  Now I see things in a whole new light!  ;-)  My wife has taken a few hundred pictures with her "gift" and I have taken thousands with it.  I have taken so many images, my children hide when I get out the camera now!  They are really pretty good sports about it overall.  I promised my wife that I'll upgrade the camera and she can have hers back.  She said, "Gee, thanks."  Hey, I'm that kind of a guy.