I am bored and let me take a wack at TS's assertion.
Of course, owning a dslr, or for that matter, any camera, automatically makes you a photographer. A person who use a camera to take an image, the image is called a photograph and the person is called a photographer.
Now, what exactly did the TS mean "photographer-wannabe"? Why I am at it, why did many poster referring to this hypothetical "photographer-wannabe"?
Ah, the polls refer to "trade"? So, are we talking about professional photographers? If so, let's be a bit more precise, shall we?