I figured I would start a thread to help others who are either into Photography or who are looking to get into photography.
I studied 5 years of photography in college and 4 years before that in highschool. I started in the darkroom and moved to digital.
I would like this thread to be civil and not a measuring contest so please if you disagree with help given from other users or I don't post things such as;
"X is wrong you need X"
Simply give your advice and move on.
Also try to bare in mind this is general advice. So questions such as "why is my monitor printing reds that look orange?" I won't have an exact answer because many things are taken to account and with a case like that but I can help figure it out.
Topics to ask about
What kind of gear?
How to shoot X?
Finally if I don't know the answer I will find the answer and give you links to the best of my ability.
Also for those that don't photograph or are not into photography feel free to ask questions if you are just curious, I have always liked teaching.
Disclaimer I strongly discourage asking business related questions as those are better left to business personnel. Here are some links to help you in that direction
http://www.tonylunacreative.com/ Great career developer
http://asmp.org/ Great association that can help with pricing, model releases, invoicing etc.. I strongly recommend becoming a member if you want to be a professional photographer
http://www.macgroupus.com/LeftMenu/AboutUs.aspx Great place to learn about what gear the industry is using.
http://www.photovideoedu.com/shop.aspx Student Discounts for gear. Read the Eligibility Requirements section to find out how to get gear.
Lastly If you want to talk I am usually in the team speak some time after 6:00pm PST