When I was 12 years old, I borrowed my mom's camera to take pictures of me and my friends at the end of the school year. Unfortunately, the roll of film was "miss placed" and it wasn't developed until many years later.
After the film was found, it was fun looking through the old photographs, except for one problem... most of the images were blurry! I blamed it on the camera. It was old and "unforgiving" of any movement.
At age 12, I was a "bad" photographer. I didn't know how to hold the camera properly and I had a habit of moving the camera "down" each time I pressed the shutter release button.
Camera's are so much better now! They have great features like vibration reduction and they automatically adjust to poor lighting conditions. If only I'd had a little digital camera back then, right?
Yesterday I gave my 12 year old daughter my small digital point and click camera. I asked her to take lots of photos of her and her cousin. I take a lot of pictures with the camera. I've gotten a lot of great shots in all sorts of conditions. I believed the camera was foolproof. But, when I uploaded the photos my daughter took, they looked similar to the photos I had taken all those years ago with my mom's camera.
I guess it is good to know... "the person behind the camera" really does make a difference - even now, with our "foolproof" cameras.