I could walk any competent photographer through the tools, and techniques, I use to create my works. But, the first thing I know is they’d dismiss the lot and go straight back to Photoshop. And, it’s ever-degrading jpegs.
My camera definitely looks like it has been through a war zone. You’ve heard the phrase, “one careful owner”? That’s not me. But, the prior owner did nothing with it.
I’ve taken a Canon EOS 400D and make A2+ fine art prints from the RAW images. Those monster prints are done by a local business, my own printing equipment is considerably more modest. I can do up to around A3 print size, and use 300gsm watercolour paper for my Artists’ Edition limited prints.
That “secret sauce”? Spending over four years learning the craft.
It’s not just photography. It’s taking what you point the lens at and getting it onto paper, screen – or, preferably, both.
I use Linux to do it all.