No. It's not a joke (as others have already pointed out). It does work. Keep practicing. Make (extensive) notes for each exposure and analyse each print, negative or chrome against your notes. It takes some effort to learn but, it is worth it.

Quote Originally Posted by Dave Miller
<snip>...Here in England itís sunny 10 & a bit, unless it's raining, when we use sunny 6ish. The system works, don't knock it!