i'm not ignorant. I'm just going to stop.
I posted this yes, to scratch an itch that I've had for a while, but yes, there are a lot of hobbyists that frequent this forum. I'm not one of them though, so please don't think me one. I'm a photo major, in school right now, getting ready to transfer to Art Center soon, so I'm serious about photography as a career. Otherwise, I wouldn't be researching grants to come up with enough money to cover $150k in education money for the next 3.5 years.
but we, YOU AND ME, have to remember, that WITHOUT the hobbyists, photography would be DEAD. without hobbyists and rich guys buying digi backs and hi-end DSLRS, R&D would be nil in those departments, just as if we were all still shooting film.
if there ain't money, no one gets paid .
Kodak would cease to exist, same with Fuji, Phase, Leaf, Sinar, etc....
amateurs and hobbyists are needed to keep business alive. so WE can't put them down for asking questions, no matter how trivial and 'beginner' they may seem to us. But since WE do this as a living(I'm assuming here that you derive the majority of your income from photography), we need to be open to helping them. Even as pro's, or eventual pro's(in my case), we've all been beginners.
I'd rather ask a dumb question and get the right answer, then not asking and F*cking something up royally. Obviously this doesn't count in this case(thread).
best regards, and happy thanksgiving btw (if you're from the states )