I tend to go against the grain. When mobile phones became "de rigeur" for taking images I reverted back to a trusty camera. I had had various cameras for years but, although I could compose a good photo, I was ultimately a point and press merchant. During mountain days, usually with groups of people I just didn't have time to think too long about the image I was trying to capture. I got some good shots but more by luck than judgement.
A heart attack three years ago forced me to retire from work and slow down. This opened the door to a more relaxed way of enjoying the mountains. I decided I would learn how to take a photograph. Not just put the camera on "automatic" shoot mode, but to start to understand the way light affects the component parts. To understand exactly how an image is formed.
After much research I bought a Sony A6400. A lightweight APS-C camera that would give me full control over the image but without the weight penalty of a full frame system. After buying and reading some books, watching countless YouTube presentations and going "bogged eyed" on internet forums I was ready. My mind was full of the mythical Exposure Triangle, that "Holy Trinity" of Photography. Or rather, "Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO". I switched the camera onto Manual Mode and off I went.
Three years later I had obviously learnt a great deal and also spent a great deal as I had also bought a Sony A7iii to supplement my images. I always use my Sony A6400 though in the mountains as I just love the lightness and compactness of it. Still lots of mistakes and errors but I had a steadily building portfolio capturing my mountain adventures and experiences. They were good shots. But, I still hadn't got that image that said, to my mind anyway, ... "WOW".
I am still learning and hopefully improving. Main thing is, I am enjoying the experience.