I have been doing photography as a hobby for the past two years and I made the decision to make it more than that by offering my services and turning it into a business.
I have read so many books and watched so many videos on the different types of photography and it has helped my learning curve tremendously. Reading and watching are only a part of it. You must get out and shoot, shoot, shoot and when you believe you have a particular aspect of photography behind you, get out there and shoot more.
Photography is an art where you learn to experiment with your previous knowledge and broaden your horizon. It is a great feeling when you capture, 'the shot', whether it be a person or an inanimate object. It makes all the shooting worthwhile and encourages you to keep shooting.