When I first started using Apophysis, I did not know anything about the program. I just jumped right in and learned enough about the program to get by. Heck! I didn't even know how to use the render function for the first couple of month using the program. I eventually figured that out and ever since then my fractals have that less of screenshot feel to it.
The one thing that any new fractalist should look at are the tutorials that are available for their program they are using. While in my case, it was not a 'how-to use the program' tutorial, but rather 'how-to make a specific kind of fractal' tutorial. Like in case of the ones that caught my eye and I have used them several times in helped me with my various fractals.
Tutorials are indeed a wonderful resource for any new fractalist. Since I am at the moment big into Apophysis. What are your favorite tutorials for your p