My photography has evolved many times over the last twelve years.
This is my third successful career in which I have more than 10,000 hours of practical experience where some might consider one has mastered a subject, thus, by that definition, I am a master photographer.
However, photography is a HUGE subject. And even though it did not take me long to understand the camera and its basic settings, there are so many more layers to photography. There is posing and editing and directing and perspective and depth and of course, lighting.
That is the definition of photography, writing with light.
Anybody can take a picture, but not everyone can control the light.
Thus, I do what most can't because they don't have the knowledge, experience and equipment to control the light. I control the light differently depending on the effect that is needed and wanted.
Do you want to look more slender? Then I control the light.
Do you want to look more authoritative? Then I control the light.
Do you want to look more professional? Then I control the light.
And there is soft light, hard light, light with shadows, ratios of light, bright subjects, dark backgrounds or focused light to diminish a prominent feature. How do you light a girl or a puppy or a flower?
They are all different and that's why people hire professionals.