I have a theory, which may or may not be true. I think that the advent of digital photography has enabled many people to pick up photography as a hobby, of course. These people were put off by the expense of film processing, the time it took to get them back, the lack of instant gratification and not knowing if you got the shot, so it became easier to respect photography and photo professionals as a whole, due to the challenge it presented. With digital photography, I'm seeing peoples attitudes towards photography in general change. Now, all it takes is a couple grand and you get mothers at soccer games thinking they are photo pros. I see people think that because someone has a very expensive camera that they automatically take great photographs, that quality is directly proportionate with expense of equipment. Most of these people put no stock in skill or knowledge at all. Take my last christmas party at work - they paid a guy who worked in another department several hundred bucks to take photos (which were just snapshots) because he had a "professional camera" which - turned out to be a digital rebel. Other people don't understand basic photography concepts, think and believe that I am just too "uppity" when they ask my opinion on someone's photos. I think that the value of photography in general has been lowered by the sheer saturation of the market with uneducated, and inexperienced shooters out there. I'm not a pro, and don't want to be - but I can tell when someone else isn't a pro and desperately passing themselves off as one in public. I guess my best analogy is how the IT field I work in is completely saturated with younger, uneducated and inexperienced workers with paper certifications and an empty brain - making the rest of us look bad. So has anyone else noticed this?