I’m a huge fan of Annie Leibovitz and the imagery she has captured over the past few decades. Being a self-taught photographer, I looked to her work time and time again for inspiration and motivation. Over the course of a year, I scoured the internet for information on her lighting setups, equipment and methodology. But, the more I dove in, the less concerned I became about equipment and the more I felt the need to simplify my style.
39 BS-Free Tips To Change Your Photography Forever. I agree with everything but #35 - even a night course at your local community college or local camera club can be helpful and you'll learn a ton if you have someone available to ask & answer questions etc.