30-40 years (and more) ago, the only qualification to be a pro photographer was to be able to afford the gear. At least now it can be in the hands of the truly talented. Unfortunately it can also in the hands of the far less than talented.
There is a lot of junk out there but I am liking some of the 'photo real' that emerges. It's nice to see some of those stars shine. Now if we can only get rid of the over use of photoshop. My incentive to shoot better was I was (am) a dufus for print.