Don't mention your interest in photography
Everyone I meet believes they are an expert photographer. It seems that the ownership of a camera and the expertise to use it appropriately can both be purchased from the store at the same time. Sadly, I didn't get the joint package. I had to study, practice, spend time reviewing, reading, trying, experimenting and learning before I became even half passable. All of this work has shown me that I am nowhere near 'best in class' and that I still have an awful lot more work to do.
So why does photography seem to give people the impression that it is an easy hobby (or even business) to become an expert in? You wouldn't pick up a medical book and then claim to be a world authority on surgery or pick up a chisel and claim to be capable of carving award winning sculptures? Maybe it is the accesibility of photography and the ease with which some of the gifted people here on DT can take great shots that convince others that photography expertise comes easily?
Whatever the reason, I have learnt not to mention my interest in photography because it seems everyone in the world knows more than I do.......
Photo credits: Mark Eaton.