I've been a professional photographer for most of my adult life. Now I'm in my senior years and I have this great passion to pass on my skills and talents to help younger shooters up the ladder. I've even built a complete photo facility with a two enlarger darkroom, and a teaching center, just for this purpose. I got hooked on photography when I was a graphic design major at Cornell, a long time ago. I went in to the Navy and flew photo/recon for some years, left flying and the U.S.Navy to take my BFA from the famous Art Center College of Design in California. Major: Photography/editorial. What else? One of my projects was to start a regular series, looking back at my career and to share it with interested and serious young shooters...warts and all. The series on another internet forum was called..."Photographers Notebook". I stopped writing when some internet 'kooks' just wanted to nit-pick my story simply for the joy of raising hell. I have better things to do with my time. My career has been a lot of hard work, with some luck thrown in. I've won many awards in the field of editorial photography and advertising photography. I got into this type of photography for one simple reason. That is where the real money is....if you're good enough. I've learned a lot since I got this desire to mentor others. First, my general impression is that most of the shooters simply enjoy the 'process' of shooting, developing film, and making prints. For these, it is the fun of the process, NOT the end result. That was a surprise that I have reluctantly accepted, but not the type of shooter that I could help. I had hoped I would find some shooters who were obsessed with the end result, the photograph that delivers a powerful message to the audience or viewer. I see similar trends in the new digital tsunami that is sweeping the photographic world. A significant number of these digital shooters are, I think, just computer junkies who imagine they are artistically inclined. To me this is most evident in the lack of some of the photographic basics like lighting, or even knowing that the 'quality of light' is one of the most important arrows in a photographers "quiver'...or in composition. Digital photography is also a significant risk to professional photography...but as yet the danger is unrecognized and not identified. It is there, believe me. Just ask the average middle-sized city pro who used to shoot the annual report for a smaller company. He calls to inquire about the progress of the annual report planning...and is told, we are not going to hire you this year. "The boss bought an expensive new digital camera for his secretary, and she's going to shoot the annual report"! (Remember her, the blond with the low cut bodice and the high-heels) -) Perhaps somewhere out there, a young photographer lurks, and has a passion to be the very best and turn pro. I'd love to give you a helping hand up that ladder. Call me. Thanks for letting me 'emote'! I needed that.