Instead of taking pictures, reading is important for beginers, I started to read my camera manual, the most important thing to read is our own camera's manual, by mastering our camera we will be able to expand our creativities and ideas by exploring camera's feature, other than that, I also read these e-books which helped me much on getting better understanding of photography techniques and other stuff related :
So long Konica-Minolta....
Digital Photography Book - by Scott Kelby - 8.5MB
How To Do Everything With Your Digital Camera-Fourth Edition - 15.8MB
Shoot Like a Pro! Digital Photography Tecnique - 8MB
Mastering Digital Photography - David D. Busch - 21MB