Alain Briot of Luminous Landscape has a thoughtful post up about photography and art and assumptions people make about this craft.
"I hear it regularly at art shows: “Your photographs are beautiful. You must have a very good camera.” I also hear, “Your colors are beautiful, you must use filters.” And finally I also hear, “Your images are fantastic, you must use Photoshop.” This statement comes in different variations, but the message is essentially the same: for a certain audience, the reason why my work is beautiful is not due to my artistic skills but to the equipment I use.
At first I was dumfounded. Later on I was insulted. After talking to other photographers and learning that they received the same comments, I started wondering why people thought this. I now believe I have an answer."