This past week, Microsoft held the Pro Photography Summit, with many attendees being people who make a living through their photographic skills. In “Photo Business News & Forum Microsoft Pro Photo Summit 2008 – Recap” John Harrington not only supplies some follow-up links from the presentation but also digs into friction around defining who is a “Pro” and who is not.

Interesting reading.

I’m not tracking it because I’m a pro. I’m not even really a Prosumer Photographer (the enthusiast who spends lots and lots and lots of money on professional level gear). Okay, I’ve got some nice glass but I’m shooting on a Canon 400D, not even a 40D, let alone a 5D.

And that’s fine for me.

But I am amazed going around and paying attention to the kinds of cameras people have nowadays. When I was at Cougar Mountain Zoo taking a few shots, a couple showed up and they each had super impressive camera gear. While my lovely Rebel let out an enthusiastic ka-snap with each shot, their’s whispered along quickly with barely discernable clicks.

And hiking around Twin Falls State Park revealed lots of folks toting about heavy duty gear.

Hope sells. It sells gold mining tools and it sells great camera gear. The hope to publish your stuff and have it syndicated as news or syndicated through flickr / Getty Images, well, that inspires people to get better results and to enjoy chasing the dream. Let alone the joy of taking great photos to share. And anything that helps photographers in that pursuit – and that makes them feel as good as a Pro – they are going to love.