There are a few things that I consider to be the basics of photography:
Camera Operation and Equipement.
The first important aspect of basic photography is learning how to operate your camera. This just makes sense, right? Imagine wanting to bake delicious treats, yet not knowing how to work an oven.
It is imperative that you learn the tools needed to shoot beautiful images.
However, camera operation can be difficult and daunting at times. You could start by reading your manual, however that can be even more scary.