Well- I don't want to practice the wrong way and develop bad habits......Maybe the best thing is to team up with someone who can show me.
I think both are good ideas. It is very hard to improve or learn different techniques from descriptions, unless you are already an advanced caster. Where do you live? And what do you plan on fishing for?
The best thing, of course, would be to take a lesson from a casting instructor first, then practice, read and watch videos.
The second best thing would be to take a video of your casting - not the line going out, but of you taken from the side with at least half of the rod in the frame. Then post it up here.
PS: Nice photo, Swirl. Looks like you are doing very well indeed to me.