I have always been facinated with photography, and have only recently been actively seeking to learn more about the field/hobby. What really peaked my interest was the fact that I have been covering drag racing events (when I am not racing myself) and thus having to provide shots of the action from each event as well. I recently bought a Cannon Digital Rebel, and now I'm really motivated to learn more about how it works and get away from the point and snap. My first steps were to lurk around in these and similar forums, and getting some of the "Photography for Dummies" books from my bookstore. Those, unfortunately, have not been very helpful, and while I am trying to grasp a lot in these forums, a lot of it goes over my head as well. My question is to recall back to when you were in your Photographical Infancy.... what was the most beneficial tool in learning the technical aspects as well as the most useful tool in developing the creative "eye"?