I bought my first DSLR Canon Rebel (with a kit lens 18-55mm) about 6 years ago with a self-imposed rule that I would not upgrade until I had learned something about photography. I participated in many workshops, but it wasn't until I joined the Houston Camera Club that I started to really think about what I am shooting.
I recently bought a Canon 60D and a Tamron 18-270 lens. I enjoy nature photography yet try to learn as much as I can about the other competitive categories.
I use PhotoShop CS6 to edit photos and consider myself an intermediate photographer.