I was wondering why so many people with a camera feel that they can go all the way to being a Pro Photographer (pro by definition in this case meaning a person earning an income off their photography). Firstly I want to say this post is in no way a rant about people wanting to achieve Pro status, I am not one "in the business" (ain't never sold a print) this is just me thinking out a why - I will also be very disappointed if this thread turns into a rant..... So I started to think why do people want to turn pro - to have others pay for their images. Well we have all heard the common answerers that people say - I want to the hobby to pay a bit for itself - I just want a bit of money on the side - I want to get out of my job and into this more fun job. But I think there is another reason as well, one which most people don't think of on a conscious level, but is there all the same. Consider the praise given to a photographer for their works - how much does it cost to give a compliment to others regarding a photo? Nothing - it costs nothing to say to a person that a photo looks fantastic (when in fact it might just be decent); it costs nothing to click to add a vote to a photo; nor to add a comment online (especially if you use ctrl+v). Also one can get a complex built up around them - friends (both online and offline) who will handout praise in the highest order to images which the photographer thinks themselves might just be ordinary photos. Now lets turn the tables - lets say that commenting on a photo cost you money - the amount depending on how good the image is to you - so a poor image might cost you £0.20 whilst a stunning one £30. Now would our photographer see a difference in comments - well that would truly depend on how many people really did think it was a great photo - enough to warrant some cost to themselves. However one cannot charge people to give an opinion - no one would do it - so the only other way is to branch out and sweeten the deal - give the commenter a photo to take away - but of course only if they compliment the photo . Ergo the subconscious move to wards acceptance and praise is to move towards being a pro - to move towards having people think enough of your photos to part with their own property (in this case in the form of money) in order to own the photo. And no matter what some say we are a pack species, thus praise and acceptance by the pack (society) is something that we strive for - though some keep very small packs and there are some that truly do strike out alone, but for the majority it holds true that we want acceptance.