If you're interested in improving your photography quickly, some times one of the best ways is go ahead and take a class. With an actual curriculum and classmates you might be surprised how quickly you can learn to take better photographs.
I bring this up because Kelly Abbot of Complete Photo Solutions has moved to Gilroy and is once again offering classes in everything from digital photography, to working with digital images on the computer, to scrap booking.
If you don't live in Gilroy, well I guess no body's perfect right? But you can probably still find a digital photography course near by. Just do a Google search and you can probably find a starving photographer nearby trying to make a little extra money, that would be willing to share some knowledge.