In reply to An Triubhas: blipfoto.com is an excellent website for learning tricks, tips, how to use your camera, ask questions, see what others have done and how, and it helps for motivation as well. I couldn't recommend it enough for hugely increasing your learning curve.
Dont get hung up on the technical side of things. Photoshop and its ilk are massive programmes i barely use a tenth of what it offers. Cameras/lens have and always will do a few key things...start reading around focal length/depth of field/perspective, shutter speed aperture size/F numbers understand the fundamental differences between a wide lens and a long lens.
The black boxes... still exposes light onto a given medium,how you manipulate this (as above) is were the art/vision side comes in.
your personal vision is IMHO 99% of the whole game, every other aspect of photography can be learned surprising quickly.
In summary the technical aspects, read lots you'll get there, ultimately as the grand master of mono once said ''its the 12 inches behind the camera that's the important bit''
i also liked AA's something along the lines of...your photography is about every book you ever read, every lover, heart break, loss, victory, sadness, joy...etc etc you get the picture.
Wow that's some company you've put Tim Parkin in there! Is that really who you meant?
My tips for the OP would be: make the effort to be out at dawn and dusk, preferably alone or if not with someone who doesn't care how long you take. Get up high and down low, don't just shoot from standing. Try to simplify, and clarify - try to isolate or emphasise what has caught your eye. Use a tripod - it allows you to study and refine a composition. Don't use ultra-wideangles (<24mm on FX, <16mm on DX) except as a last resort. ND grads are useful (but can be applied in post with recent cameras and careful exposure). Edit ruthlessly - you learn as much from failures as successes.
I get inspiration from books mainly: any decent coffee-table hardback older than 7 years or so (before digital flipped the industry) will have good pics. Take time to 'read' the images, try to work out why you like some and not others.