Take the shot!
As already suggested, learn how to operate the camera (knowing what to change where) and learn how to take good pictures (composition) as well as learn how to influence the way the picture is taken (exposure related settings). The moment the image turns out exactly as in your mind you have achieved effective usage (let's put aside post processing for the beginning). So it all starts - in your mind
Minolta. Konica Minolta. Sony
I just joined Clubsnap. Have not got my DSLR yet, still looking around. Don't want to rush. I used to shoot with a film SLR. Just for fun. This DSLR will be my first. Anyway, been reading thru the forum to update myself with the current DSLRs available. The info available here is tremendous. Hope to control my itchy fingers in choosing the right camera for me..... Anyway, hope to join you guys soon taking photos.....
Congrats to ur new purchase..
Now go out & shoot something !
One really great way to learn about photography does not involve a camera, and is FOC.
National library. And the internet.
Depending on how serious you are about learning, there are books to cater to all levels and areas of interest, as well as quite a lot of foreign photo magazines.