My Camera Gear
My first camera was a 110 cassette-style 'point and shoot': fixed everything, and a sub-standard (offset) viewfinder. It would take a couple of weeks after my last shot (and maybe months from the first) to realise that 'all those great images' I remembered taking, were not so great or I had somehow missed the moment, didn't have the light, or simply mis-framed.
I knew nothing of aperture, shutter speed or depth of field, nor did it really matter. I was lucky with the exposure on a couple of shots, but never really spent the time to investigate why. [See this link from Canon.]
Of course the internet hadn't even been dreamt of, and resources to research anything were scarce.
Around that period, I remember finding, in a trove of keepsakes from an earlier generation, a small micro camera which still had film inside. Once again, after the mystery of processing was complete, the illusion was shattered without a single memorable result.
However, my fascination for the better camera, to faithfully capture what I had seen was quickly becoming a source of enthusiasm.