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Uh... learning the equipment is PART of learning to take quality photos.
Things you will have to learn:
3. how the camera works
4. how to get the photos out of the camera and onto the computer
5. how to edit them (digital cameras are set to take crappy photos at the factory -- not a joke -- and you will have to fix that).
6. all the assorted 1001 things that apply to the specific type(s) of photography you are going to do. For example, portrait photographers need to either hire an assistant who knows how to do hair and makeup or they need to learn it themselves. Landscape photographers need to learn how to use filters. Photographers who work with nudes have a whole other set of things to learn, and so on.