4 – Practice as often as you can
Ok – a 4th for free…
Another obvious one, but like sport, you will get better every day you train, and deteriorate every day you put it off.
Take your camera to work – shoot on the way to the bus. Shoot at lunch time. Stop on the way home to shoot in the park. Get a buddy who is also learning – you’ll find lots on-line – and go out regularly.
Get on a workshop – these are where you really learn, someone to answer all your questions, watch you work and guide you in the right direction and teach you new skills and ideas… and they’re fun.