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What makes a good photograph(er)?

Whenever we share a memorable photograph on personal portfolios, blogs, flickr, facebook or any other social media websites and expect visitors to add their feedbacks one very common feedback we have got is "wow", "awesoem", "amazing"... and after these words we recieve "which camera", "any post processing done?". And if our answer is affirmative then further responses come which directly translates into the words like "you guys have expensive cameras, photoshop skills. No wonder your photographs are good and pleasing to eyes". Does these words put a photographer on a backfoot in defensive mode? Or rather contemplate his journey towards the good photograph? It always has been later in my case.
Most of the commnets are of the form "you guys have expensive cameras and lenses". Does this directly mean that only expensive cameras can take good photographs? I cannot refrain myself to share a short story here.

A photographer went to dinner at a friends and was greeted at the door by his friends wife who said....."I've been looking at your photos in art galleries across the city and they are fantastic. You must have a very good camera..." The photographer said nothing. After a very enjoyable meal the photographer turned to his friends wife and said "That was a fantastic meal. You must have a very good oven"

This summarizes that having expensive, hundreds of megapixel camera and series of lenses doesn't add anything to the quality of the photographs (at least when you a beginner).  One has to have the good vision to express the moment and know exactly press the shutter button. Good frame composition (placement of subject) basics and skill of expressing the emotions of the moment. Every photograph speaks a lot. One have to convey that in right language of colors and (or BW monochromes in cases) light. Sound knowledge of surrounding conditions, places, lighting will make you a fine photographer even with your 2 megapixel cellphone camera.

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