Ignoring the digital side of your questions, the other advice is sound: a tripod will give the largest improvement in any image. Work from basics - technically you want slow film (125 ASA or less) correctly exposed (test your materials) with no camera shake (good tripod). The method of output is largely irrelevant if the stuff that comes out of the developer is substandard.
In the absence of a darkroom, your only "traditional" method is to use an outside printer or perhaps use a local community darkroom: colleges and similar institutions often have them to hire or can be used at any time if you take an evening course. Outside printers are rarely satisfactory unless you can afford the kind that will charge you a couple of hundred dollars per print and work with you in his darkroom....
For digital, you are, I'm afraid, barking up the wrong tripod here ;)
Good luck, Bob.