The advances in digital photographic technology have lowered the bar for entry into the field as a professional.
This is in regard to both the degree of experience required to be considered a professional photographer and the investment into equipment.
When I began back in the 1990’s I invested thousands of dollars into my camera and lenses and thousands more into lighting.
With todays cameras supplemental lighting is becoming less important, replaced with photoshop skills.
To excel as a photographer it is important that we be more than good photoshop technicians.
We must be masters of composition as well as masters of light.