This may be in the wrong forum, but there didn't seem to be a more fitting alternative.

I was going to take a photography class at my school, but I decided not to. Can anyone recommend a good way to learn the ropes, so to speak? I'm not sure if it would be best to attend some sort of class or organization, or buy a book, or simply delve into online study. I am planning on taking a class at the university I attend at some point, but for the moment, I'd just like to learn the basics.

Thanks in advance for your advice