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I bet we should qualify the word 'pro."
Here is my interpretation:
Pro has become such a loose term. For instance, there was a time, not too long ago, that to achieve the status of 'pro', rather, to earn a living with a specific skill, one had to first master his or her craft, then marry the technical ability of how to achieve their vision through their tools with their creative ability to deliver something that an amateur could not. This is true across-the-board.
Not being able to deliver consistent white balance (in regard to Ho1972's story) means one thing: the so-called professional on this job didn't know to closely watch auto white-balance from one photo to the next when shooting jpg because the space for correction is small in this format, didn't consider to correct it before tripping the shutter, and didn't consider leaving wiggle room to correct it in post by also providing RAW files. Maybe RAW was out of the question based on the subject matter? I'll give the photographer that much. But, a basic understanding of color temperature goes a long way, in any shooting mode.
I'm not saying a pro can't shoot JPG, or even-full-auto. I'm simply stating that a true professional would have the training and experience behind his or herself to make obvious adjustments during the shoot to ensure consistency.
There's more to photography than making a pretty picture. Especially when your images are passed off to other people on a collaborative project. Being a professional 'anything' is not just about your abilities, it's about ensuring that the job meets a professional standard as it passes from one contributor to the next. We wouldn't want one station on an automobile assembly line mounting wheels with Elmer's Glue, would we?
By and large, pro, like the term artist, has become an ambiguous catch-all. It's rather sad. With that said, I know there are still consummate professionals in the industry, too.