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Have you ever heard someone say "Your camera takes great photos"? Your camera doesn't take the photos, YOU DO. Using a more expensive camera does not mean your photos will be better. An amateur can use a top end camera, but it does not mean that their images will outperform an experienced photographer using a low-budget camera, if they don't know how to use it.
One of the most important - always carry your manual in your bag wherever you go.
Don't try to learn too much too quick. You'll get brain overload. Learn one thing at a time.
Don't be afraid to experiment and learn from your mistakes.
There's no such thing as a dumb question, so ask.
Stop shooting in Auto. Try Aperture or Shutter speed.
Learn to read exif data.
Learn to compose. Carry a small matte with you to help compose your shots.
Having the best equipment does not guarantee the best photos. The photographer controls the camera, the camera doesn't control the photographer.
Do not delete in the camera unless it's very obvious. Only delete off your card once your images are on the computer and backed up.
If someone says "that won't work" or "you can't do that", do it anyway and find out why it won't work. This is how you learn.
Join a camera club. Do workshops, go on outings. There are experienced people there to help you. That's what they're there for.