This is a frank conversation for fellow amateur and pro photographers... I have no secrets. It may sound unconventional and kinda silly, but I enjoy sharing. I believe that a rising tide raises all ships and you have to poo or get off the pot. Yes, I just said that on my website. If you are going to shoot, shoot well. If you aren't going to continue to grow and learn and develop, then you've lost the passion and need to find another job.
In the past, this industry has been notorious for being secretive and downright mean to other photographers. This is sad to me, although I understand why they didn't want others to encroach on their precious business however, everybody and their brother can pick up a camera and start shooting. Anyone can buy the tools we all have...and why not?! Photography is fun! Why not try to make some money to pay for this expensive hobby, am I right? The old school mentality is going away and neavoux photography is emerging. With the advent of digital and accessibility to knowledge, a new vision for photography is rising. Join the rising ships on this tide.
ALL that to say this. As long as I have time, I don't mind sharing what I know and have learned. As a good designer and a photog with marketing experience, I have an interesting perspective on the business. Below is a bunch of stuff you might find interesting.