So I've always loved taking pictures (I'm one of those people with 12,000 pictures on their phone) and I finally bought myself a camera, nothing too fancy, a Nikon D3400, and I'm totally inspired and addicted to taking pictures! But what does it take to be a "real" photographer? And what can I do to improve my picture taking skill? And is there a future in it for me? I love taking pictures of animals more than people or sceneries, although I do like, and have taken some pretty good pictures of my sister. I just bought my camera 3 days ago, and I even downloaded a $10 app for editing them. Here's some of the best ones I've taken over the past couple of days.