My photography journey started properly when I was left an old Nikon film camera and three lenses.
I had done a weeks 'how to use a camera' (film camera) while at art college in Harrogate including developing black and white shots in a darkroom, which I really enjoyed but as most students I didn't have the money to get more involved.
I searched on the internet for a digital camera body that would work with all the lenses and bought a Nikon D90.
As most people I started on the auto settings and took lots of mediocre shots. I started watching youtube videos many from Improve Photography and Adorama (see below for full list) and then turned the Auto setting to P and then after a while to A as everything I read and watched said that would give you far more control of your shots.
In the early days I could never really get my head around the F-stop and ISO settings when people tried to explained it, but managed to work it all out so I understood it by actually trying it out.
I still watch some youtube tutorials and also listen to podcasts trying to learn as much as I can and have bought a better camera now and some better quality lenses.