jorepuusa: It´s great that professional photographers teach amateurs how to shoot. Then amateurs start taking pictures cheaply or pro bono and pros lose their jobs.Pros go to schools, four years photography there and then they buy expensive gear and use money to get clients. And then some of them teach amateurs in web which causes the profession to collapse, that has happened all over and photography is a dying profession.
If you think being a successful pro is about equipment and basic technique you are sorely mistaken. Two amateurs can have the same technique and equipment yet one can make wonderful images and the other be quite hopeless. One has an eye for design or expression and attitude. One has a feeling for light, the other doesn't see it. One understands composition dynamics the other... One is a photographer in demand, the other isn't.