I take really good pictures with my iphone. Back before I had a DSLR I had a $100 point and shoot camera. I took really good photos with that. They aren't what I can do now, but they are good. It is not the camera that made me better (though having certain settings are nice) its the training and techniques that made me better. I plan on doing an experiment to see how many people really can tell the difference in cameras.
I am not saying that I am the best photographer out there or anywhere close, but I do have a few photographs that I am extremely proud of. Some are before I went to school to know what I was doing.
Another pet peeve topic for another time: "Can't you just photoshop it?"
I leave you with a photo I took at the zoo on Monday.
Who doesn't love a purple flamingo?? (yes, photoshop was used in the manipulation)