Nowadays, just about anyone can take a pretty good photograph because the tools have become so easy to use. And since amateurs don’t really have the fear of failure because they don’t have as “much at stake” – they tend to take more chances and good things come when you are willing to do that. You can no longer define a professional photographer as one who just knows how to operate a camera proficiently. And if a pro positions himself/herself by the tools that they use, it’s only a matter of time that they become out of fashion as their tools become obsolete.
So rather than get defensive about being a professional and feeling threatened by the amateur – maybe we pros should take a lesson from them and focus on the joy of creating imagery.