Don't get me wrong, I see it as art. I just feel that it is one of the easier arts one can practice. I'm envious because freehand, illustration, and things of that nature take a whole lot of discipline and practice, whereas, photography is more of a whimsical spur of the moment thing (though it can be a dedicated profession, a lot goes into controlling how the light hits the film/digital sensor).
I call illustrators and the like real artists because they have the capability to pull something completely from their imagination, whereas photographers are record takers of actual things.
Ah well. I can at least say that it does take practice to get a good hand and eye for photography.