Great pictures can be taken by amateurs devoid of talent & by great photographers. We can thank Kodak, Polaroid & digital cameras for that leveling achievement. I'm reminded of Auggie in movie Smoke who takes a picture of same view same time every day. Occasionally, he'll be lucky in capturing an interesting moment - kind'a like monkeys with typewriters creating a sonnet. Same technique used by fashion photographers - use up enough film with an attractive model and you might get one or two good pictures. Now, we can use a digicam, separate the images, & find a valuable image. Is this photography or more the recognition of value within a pile of rubbish. I don't think that finding the occasional gem among many mistakes can be used to prove that we should avoid or downplay the learning of technique.