My point was that people got their shot and good shots long before digital came along. The newspaper reporter from yesteryear got the shot with flash camera that had the bulb that was replaced after every shot. National Geo shooters got their shots out in the wilds, sport shooters got their Olympic shots. all from many years ago. Back then people said great photo, today people say great photo. If we still had no digital cameras we would still get the shot. Unless one uses full manual the camera and not the photographer is doing the work. There fore the photographer is no better then his early counterpart.Imho
Compare shots from 30 years ago, sports, landscapes etc and you'll see a big change is quality as well as impact. Just open up an old Sports Illustrated mag or even an old Outdoor Photographer mag and compare to todays mags and the difference is striking. Now either the photogs back then were not very skilled, very unlikely, or today's photogs are using equipment that allows them to capture better images. Just try this comparison and you'll be amazed at the differences.