“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”Go out and shoot. I know the basics and understand how cams work and where the limits are. Basicly i know how to edit and photoshop any photo. It really helps to frame/compose a shot. Oh and i am bit like Monk. You know the TV-Show?
There are too many artists to name here. Alot of 80ies/90ies movies and their covers, Playboy photographers, old black&white shots, fashion ads. Though i never liked these wannabe fashion photographers. Had to edit their crap work too often so it looked great.
The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it. Some old some new DSLRs. For a paid shooting R6 and the a7IV, for my personal projects i grab often my old 7D, a6000, 5DIII or even the GH5. The 5DIV unfortunately went for a swim in an Austrian lake 😉 …
You don’t take a photograph, you make it. I shoot RAW with calibrated color profiles. I do the base color editing in Lightroom, except noise reduction and sharpness. I use Topaz DeNoiseAI and if needed Topaz SharpenAI on all exported JPGs. Often they end up in DxO FIlmpack for a final touch.
Maual settings for aperture and shutter speed. Auto ISO and auto WB, since they both dont really matter nowdays with software like DenoiseAI.
The best camera is the one you have with you Well contrary to common opinion it doesnt really matter. For photography only grab the cam with the best autofocus for your usage. You wont need the fastest AF for landscape or portrait. On the other side if you want to shoot kids or pets, you will need fast autofocus. Because that´s what really counts in the end. Every other aspect like colors, white balance, sharpness, noise etc can be fixed in post. Meaning you should actually learn how to edit photos before shooting them, it will definitly boost your photo skills.
You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the movies you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.