Upload & Sell: On
Speaking just between us, and the zillions of folks who lurk here, and I'll probably get blasted by a handful of ISAP complainers, but here it is. There's something in my business acumen that tells me teaching your potential competition, in bulk, techniques that will save them a decade or more of getting up to speed, isn't the brightest thing one can do.
As a new guy trying to finally get started in commercial photography I struggle with many of the same issues you describe learning how to light, attract clients and gather enough gear to do an effective job at it but I completely agree that no one should be spoon fed all the tricks of the trade. Your shots have consistently been top notch and your experience shows in every one of them. I learn as much from my mistakes as I do my successes. In many ways, someone that earns skills through self evaluation and trial and error will place a greater value on those skills and be able to adapt to changes. Point me toward the mountain, don't climb it for me.
Yes I want to have a grand client list and make those jaw dropping shots and I am sure that I will one day - but I will have worked for it. Not that we all don't need a little help and support once in a while, just prop me up, point out the failure, give a bit of advice and send me back out to continue the journey. Trust me, I have realized that having a passion for photography and bring good at it are two vastly different things! And yes, I am that lurker that posts little but learns a lot just but being a small part of this community.
Keep up the good work Jim. You are leading a unique group here, very few spaces on the web have the character contained by this collection of men and women.