I keep on thinking Photographers have to be technically proficient even if editing softwares can help in some ways ! Now that most Photographers shoot in digital, it’s much easier to fake the technical side. But you either have the ability to compose great images or you don’t ! Editing Softwares can enhance a good image but it won’t create one. Once more, what makes the difference is the « guts » you have input in your capture, the message you have infused by way of your composition and, for sure, your ability to master the basic parameters : Aperture / Shutter Speed / DOF & ISO !
I’m very keen on saying being a Photographer is not just about taking the image correctly, technically speaking : You have to possess a vision, a strong sensibility and a disruptive manner to express it !