Originally Posted by tms202
Also could you maybe recommend some books?
There are lots of books out there but I find most of them are crap because they spend too much time talking about processing images in photoshop and not enough about the basics. I'm sure everyone has their preferred books so ask around, but one I found to be very useful is "The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure" by Sean Arbabi. It focuses on the basics of photography and gives you a solid foundation to work with.
I agree as others have said in that you should practice with manual controls and start building a working knowledge of what shutter speed, aperture and ISO mean in relation to other and what is appropriate for certain situations.
Photography is not difficult but once you become competent you'll beat yourself up for waiting so long to learn.