Make pictures, don't take pictures.
Most new photographers should MOVE in closer for the
majority of their photographs.
Frame your subject and keep your eye
in the view finder and on the shutter release.
Try to take pictures using NON-automatic settings.
Get use to shutter and aperature priority settings.
Take a lot of pictures. Take the same ones
You don't have to have an expensive camera
to make good images.
-More later, I'm sure.