I was kind of musing about this recently - a friend announced that she was opening her own photo studio and selling her other pictures as well (she has pretty photos from her vacations). Her boyfriend just upgraded her camera to a Canon Elph 300HS (no, I'm not making that up). On her blog and FB page she pretty much advertises herself for events, portraiture and fine art photography (with a point and shoot!?!?).
I was curious what camera she had "upgraded" to so I asked her, that's how I know she's shooting with the Canon 300HS - we've had photography discussions, especially since she put up her websites. I knew her previous camera had been a bridge camera, so I was hoping she was at least upgrading to DSLR. I guess I should have known. She did say the guy at the camera store assured them the camera was one of the best cameras Canon makes.
I keep wondering what her first portrait client will think when she pulls out her little camera?
Then again, maybe those are the customers who told you that you want too much money.
Another problem, of course, is that you can go to any Walmart/Target/Kmart and read that you can get a humongous package for only $20 (they don't tell you that there's this add-on fee and that add-on fee and this upsell and you'll walk out of there close to $100 more if you really want nice stuff).
I'm still puzzling (and mildly upset, to be honest) at her "professionalism." She doesn't even know how to run a camera outside of "mode selection" (you know, the pretty little icons that mean portrait, landscape, etc.), doesn't know what aperture is, or depth of field.
They bought PHOTOSHOP (this also really made me wonder - put the money into the camera and use cheaper software!) and she emailed me and asked me if PhotoShop would let her do what she needed, etc., and if she could get some help with it. I told her I use PS Elements 9 instead right now. She then asked me if PS Elements 9 was "better" than PhotoShop - I explained that it was lacking in some of the functionality, but that I couldn't afford the full package and it could do most of what I needed for now, then explained frequently I get most of what I want done in DPP first and that Elements 9 is mostly used for its unsharp mask and layers when I need them.
I haven't heard back from her. I suspect that it is likely that she doesn't even know what layers are, or what an unsharp mask is used for, etc. ~shakes head~
Then I always cringe myself - I have camera experience, some instruction (including operating SLRs/DSLRs on full manual and darkroom/developing experience in film) and a lot of self-instruction and I'm buying more equipment here and there and working to do microstock photography ... maybe I'm being presumptuous too and have no more right to be trying this than she does...
Oh, spare us the anecdotes....LOL This thread can get ugly soon...