I was always interested in photography and used to film a lot of skate edits when I was a young’n. Then when I was 18 I took a photography course for 3 months (had to go in once every week) which taught me the basics for digital.
For my film photography it was a lot of experimenting and ‘finding out the hard ways’. I started out with a £5 medium format camera from the market to teach me the ropes of MF, then moved on to more complicated MF cameras until I felt comfortable enough to own a Hasselblad without not knowing what to do.
I advise at any point if someone is willing to teach you, lend you cameras you wouldn’t normally have access to or just have some spare time to go take some pictures do it.
And most importantly never think you’re too good to be taught something. You’re always learning new things when it comes to photography, whether its functions, techniques or simple tips.
Hope this helps