1. Trial and Error
This has been my primary source of learning for a few years now. When I bought my first DSLR I set it up on a tripod and took a gazillion shots of the exact same scene trying out every possible setting. The more you experiment the more you will learn what does and doesn’t work.
2. Join Online Photography Groups
There are literally hundreds of thousands of photography groups on the internet. Find a few that fit the atmosphere that you are most comfortable with and actively participate with challenges. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
3. Connect with Other Photographers
Connecting with others who have similar interests as you can make a huge difference as you work to improve your skill level. This can be even more effective if you can find someone local to go shoot with now and then. I love seeing how different people see the same scene from totally different perspectives.
4. Search YouTube Videos
There are so many online videos to help you improve your photography skills that you could spend years learning and still never run out of videos. Take advantage of them!
5. Online Tips and Tutorials
Find websites (search Google) focused on photography tips and tutorials. Work through them one by one. You will be shocked to see how much free help is out there!
6. Find Local Meetups
You might be surprised to discover how many active offline photography groups are in your local area. Try a search for photography on meetup.com for a group near you.
What methods have you found in your quest to improve your skill level?