These days taking a photo is simply a matter of switching the device on, aiming and pushing a button. However the difference between doing that and capturing a truly worthwhile shot is huge.
That is not to say that you are confined or restricted by the equipment you are using. You can take great photos with simple “point-and-shoot cameras” these days just as you can take truly horrible shots with the most expensive cameras.
The difference here is not the equipment, it is understanding that the equipment, no matter how expensive is not going to take that great shot for you.
Cameras don’t shoot people, people shoot people!
It is important that you know how and when to properly hold your camera, how and when to use a tripod or some kind of arrangement to ensure absolute stillness to take the best pictures possible.
Play with the shutter speed setting to get shots of both slow and fast-moving subjects. Slow shutter speeds are great for objects that move very slowly, such as streams. Fast shutter speeds, on the other hand, allow you to get a clear shot of a subject that is moving very quickly.
Remember that once you master the conventional thinking on settings like this it is then time to try to break the rules and see what results you can achieve.