I work everyday, if not shooting; then selling my prints.
Far more people ask me about my camera, lenses, filters, film, mounting and techniques than about Photoshop, I'm glad to tell them about anything.
The amount of time and effort it takes me to earn my living from my work is at times overwhelming, I don't think I would be able to do it if it was not an overriding passion. There are not many shortcuts.
I love shooting, I like trying different things.
I like talking about photography, and some of the amazing places I have been able to shoot with people that view and buy my work. I never wanted to do something that I love to do, and feel the need to lie or make excuses, so I don't.
I don't like working on the computer, it's my least favorite thing, I do find it helpful, no doubt in polishing up some of my work. I'm much happier with an image the less I need to do in post processing, less work/time is always better in my book, but not always possible.
I've found polishing up a turd just gets me a polished turd, at least to my eye, and I am doing this for my eye.
In my work I think about what is impacting me in the scene, so the scene and light need to be pretty cool for me to even want to shoot it, and I've become more obstinate in that regard over the years.
Lighting a dull scene on fire just for the sake of it doesn't appeal to me much (and not that I haven't done it either.) I can understand the need if you are on an eight day shoot and have 7 days of crap light, but I've pretty much found that the 8th day will be heaven. Playing around on the computer doesn't interest me much, but Like everyone I end up there a lot. I am under no pressure to do something I don't want to do so I don't.
I don't do HDR; but I've seen some beautiful HDR-( I guess that's not technical true as my current camera coupled with grads can get huge DR)
I don't do much Black and white; but have seen some beautiful stunning black and white.
I don't do any exposure stacking, but I've seen some wonderfully, no; magnificent stuff.
There's plenty Plenty of room at the table, Photography is the most democratic of all the arts, even children can do it well.
There has always been many valid branches on the tree of art, with new ones growing all the time. It might seem like your branch is better, and you need to tell everyone why it's better, but that's just chirping from your perch.
I can't or won't fault anyone for any technique or methodology used in their work it's not my place or my inclination. I like art based on how it impacts me. not how it was created.
Even at the most basic level of any human endeavor there is an innate competitive drive associated with that endeavor. I believe much of the let's call it "spite" in the professional photographic world (if your an amateur we really truly don't care what you think) is now focused on the amount of post prepossessing
involved in the creation of an image. When its all said and done moving a few sliders around in ACR is not enough to build a career on, but maybe doing that; coupled with more work than you thought was humanly possibly might give you a shot, and if that is what you enjoy doing go for it. I've seen many guys come and go; think you can do it all with CS6 go for it! think you can do it without CS6 go for it! Software is such a small part of what is required to year in and year out produce solid work; its patently ridiculous to give it so much attention.
Anyway, y'all keep it up cause its pretty freaking funny.... chirp chirp