I just had a long conversation with a photographer who once taught classes at a local community college with a highly respected photography program. I trust he is a pretty good photographer albeit a bit of a curmudgeon.
He basically said there was a time when it took remarkable talent to be a good photographer. He felt that new photographers either "had it" or they didn't and added that the photographic eye could be taught to some extent but not entirely. He framed it in this manner... "There are people who can dance and those who have learned to dance and when you see both of them dance you can tell the difference.
There is no doubt that the digital age has ushered in many a photographer (myself included) as the cost and/or time in developing has been reduced to how much cash you care to spend on post processing software rather than chemicals and film.
Has photography truly changed? Have we traded laborious developing techniques for highly complex post processing techniques? Can you develop the eye or is it an innate talent? Are great photographers still great? Have I asked too many questions??