This may not be the proper place to post this and it is kind of a rant so....
I've been thinking of buying a DSLR (please don't send hate mail, I do have a method to my madness) so I've been reading a lot of digital photography forums. Coming from photographyland and not from computerland, it's a challenge to understand a lot of what I've been reading, however, I am muddling through. The only solid thing I have discovered is the appalling level of photographic knowledge out there.
I realize we all were ignorant when we started messing around with photography. I accept my own computer ignorance as a big limitation now as I investigate digiland. But some of the things I read are plumb scary! On one thread concerning shooting RAW vs JPG (see, I'm learnin' this stuff--I can talk digital now!), almost all the posters came across as believing it is less desirable to produce a finished photograph in the camera alone. They promote shooting RAW so they can use the computer to manipulate the image. It's as if actually making a photograph is not enough--it has to be Photoshopped into existence or it's somehow unhip.
There's also an abysmal lack of basic equipment knowledge--everything is automatic from exposure to focus to steadying the camera. Skill is unnecessary because we have software to fix all that! God forbid any of the auto modes stops working because no one understands manual processes anymore. When I recently tried to assist someone having a problem on one of their cameras (even digital cameras have some functions and features in common with film cameras I have discovered), I quickly realized this person with the $3000 camera and bagful of high tech glass had no idea what I was talking about. I think it means people have too much money these days--except me, of course.
I could go on--I could, I might. A photographic future in which knowledge and skill mean less than the hardware and software you use looks real damn bleak. Does this concern anyone other than me or am I just an anachronistic old fart with a bad attitude?