I've had several point and shoot digital cams but could never get my head around f-stops, shutters, etc...until now. I'm slowly getting the hang of it and my new Canon PowerShot SX130 IS is helping me a lot. The info (hints and EXIF data) is really a great help.
My family has a history with photography. I had a great-great uncle (back in the 1920's) who was an excellent photographer. We used to have some of his equipment such as the stands that you had to put flash powder on to get a flash and some really old cameras that you had to manually extend the lens and manually set the aperture and then manually close it when finished. Sadly, a family member who was on drugs sold it all.
My grandmother bought a Minolta XG-7 with a telephoto lens in the late 70's when it first came out. I still have them and the camera bag and tripod that she purchased with it. But I've never learned how to use it manually. It does take excellent auto shots, btw. LOL
So, I've been surfing some websites and reading books to learn. Digital Photography for Dummies has been especially helpful!
I run a few forums and websites. I've been surfing the net for a little over 20 years and been playing PC games for a few years longer than that. I also love cooking and creating recipes and music...I'm a former musician/songwriter and DJ.
Well, that bit of info should keep you all busy for now.