A recent thread about "New" Professional photographers raised some interesting comments(and some blood pressure).
This article from the Melbourne Age, whilst having little directly to do with aviation certainly has some interesting comments about the ability of amateurss to sell their pics and about the attitudes of corporations/media scouring the internet for photos and paying a pittance(if that) for them
... "media lecturer at Swinburne University, Dr Mark Finn, says the amateur agency is bad news for professional photographers. "I've been reading about professionals giving up the game. Corporations are seeking out work on amateur sites like flickr.com and paying a pittance. It's fairly new but it's starting to burn people."...
..."For a lot of punters, it's all about being a player. 'I'm in the paper.' Whenever possible I'll get them a byline. It will inspire them to go out and take more pictures."
..."A community psychologist with Victoria University, Heather Gridley, says the amateur paparazzi trend is "ultimately narcissism. It's giving people an inflated sense of their position in the world. They feel they are somebody important and this becomes a validation of their own existence. I shoot, therefore I am."
[Edited 2006-11-05 07:25:49]