I was talking with a photographer friend and we were discussing the new auto pilot cameras. He remembered one time a person approaching him and exclaiming wow what a camera it must take great pictures. My friend said yes it does and to prove it I will leave it here and walk away and come back in a half-hour and I bet it will have taken some outstanding images. My friend laughed and said he was just pulling the guys leg but wanted to let the person know that the images are created by the photographer and not the camera. Yes, today's cameras take a lot of the thinking out of the equation in taking pictures. But in order to create images with substance you need to be visually literate.
We have all taken an image and then looked at it and deleted it because it had no visual interest, just another blah image with no purpose.
When I take images I am intensely aware of my surrounding and I am in tune to the mood of the crowd and the subjects presenting themselves to me.
What makes photography fun is creating that connection with your subject and in that bond finding an image you can feel proud of.
Henri Cartier-Bresson states, " To take photographs is to hold one's breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy".