The camera is just a capture device to take the picture. For me after so many years of working in a darkroom, the real process is in the digital darkroom. If you are only taking pictures and not spending time in P.P. you are missing out on what your equipment can really do. Make sure that you take lots of photos and with digital that is cheap and easy. Read books on photography as it is a good source of information. Read what the great photographers have had published, and know that you will be a better photographer if you keep practicing
I love the advice too, its so important to encourage others and moreso if they show signs of having understood street. Books, absolutely.