No longer a newbie, moving up!
I have a Nikon D330o - a softbox, a wide angle lens, reflector and a gray card.
But so often snapshots on my phone look better than with all my equipment.
This photo, shot on my phone, under overhead fluorescent lighting, and on a shiny wood table would most likely have had all kinds of problems when shot with my camera and lighting.
So what's going on?