I saw a mention of film. Shooting film is great and you can learn a lot from doing that. Just go digital, you'll find the learning curve closer to what you want Do some research then find a DSLR kit on E-bay or craigslist. That is a relatively inexpensive way to begin to dabble in the world of photography.
But watch out for scams. There are a ton of fake storefronts online that are offering incredible deals on kits. They take your order and then call you a few hours later trying to up-sell batteries, lenses, filters, etc. If you tell them 'no' you may never see your order. I recommend googling the shop before ordering.