Participle syntax?

I've heard native English speakers don't use Participle syntax in oral conversation. Don't you say "I took photos using my father's camera." in daily life? Do you say "with my father's camera", or anything else? "I thought of something, looking at the sky." What do... show more I've heard native English speakers don't use Participle syntax in oral conversation.
Don't you say "I took photos using my father's camera." in daily life?
Do you say "with my father's camera", or anything else?

"I thought of something, looking at the sky."
What do you say, instead?
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