I lack photographic skills, haven't really a clue about most technical aspects, but (hopefully) learn as I go along.
I disagree with that statement, 'That you lack photographic skills', and this can be shown by your photos. Your photo titled, 'Stay at Home Mum', shows this. Once you take a picture it isn't the end of the process rather, it's just the starting point, for when you get home the real work starts. You spend hours working on the photo until you get as close to what you saw in your minds eye. Only a true artist would do this as shown by the great masters. This skill is greater than any technical aspects.
Gosh OB, you have me blush! But thank you for the compliment.
What I meant was, that I only very slowly begin to see the relationship between technical settings on a camera. For years I have been trying to master the theory, but never remembered it.
It is only now, after years of taking photos, that I actually change ISO and aperture settings to fit the situation. But which settings to use, to get the best results for a monochrome image of a colourful flowerbed? No idea. I'd try a few possibilities and hope for the best. When my photographer friend sees the results, he'll immediately say: why did you do that? Or why didn't you try so-and-so? He immediately sees what I did wrong, and I still don't.
But I know what I like to shoot, when I see it, and I am getting better at getting a reasonable result. A lot of my best shots I have serendipity to thank for; I often find unexpected things, I simply did not see, when I pressed the button. Sometimes it spoils the shot and, if possible, has to be cloned out, but sometimes it adds just that little bit, that makes an image special.
The editing throws up practical problems, as my damaged retinas, influence the way I see colour, and make me prefer slightly over saturated photos, or darker monochromes with good contrast.