I have been watching a show on how to take better pictures. The instructor is a professional photographer and the gear he carries around costs more than I paid for my house. I use my cell phone. But at least I now know what some of the adjustments on the control screen on the phone mean.
In the past I have used a Kodak 616 bellows camera, I liked that one, a Pentax K1000 SLR, that served me well for many years, a couple of early digital cameras, they were pretty much disappointments, so for now, the camera in my phone is the sum total of my camera gear. I am cheap so that is unlikely to change.
In addition to the settings on digital SLRs, dude also teaches about composition, lighting, the rule of thirds, framing and a lot of other important stuff. I kind of knew a bit of it, but he really makes you stop and look at, and moreover, critique your own pictures.
I will post a few that I have taken in my house - all of them are bad, some are terrible, a couple are slightly less bad. I am using my pets for subjects and they hate having their pictures taken (or made, to use the local vernacular).