8 months ago I picked up a D3200 and have fallen in love with photography. Like most people who reach for the stars I would love to turn this into a full time living but...
Every time I go out I learn some thing new and as an example, today I had a rare chance to hang out in a pen with several 2 month old sheep and a 3 month old cow. Shooting away thinking how amazing this is and how good the shots were going to turn out while paying attention to my camera settings is how the shooting went. But when I got home all was not so great. I forgot to change the metering mode from Matrix to Spot, my shutter speed was to slow at 50. Most of my shots didn't turn out due to blur or there were hotspots due to the overcast diffused light under the trees. LOL My thinking would be that if I had it on spot metering my shutter speed would be faster and more shots would have less blur. Also knowing that those darn little animals with course hair need to be extra sharp would have helped. Next time I will find a way to shoot at 200 or even higher if possible.
I would love to pick up a D600/D7100 but am in no rush due to one major point. I am still learning and would use the better gear as a crutch to hide my mistakes. So I use my entry level body and learn its limitations that I find more often than not are just techniques I have yet to discover. Once I understand the limitations of my D3200 in action and can compensate with technique I will upgrade to a newer camera. The only way to get better is to get out there, make mistakes and to do so on your own time/dime. Oh and dont let baby cows get behind you.
So I ask the question: If one of the best ways to learn photography is to learn the limitations of your camera how long did you wait before your next upgrade and why?