There are many here who have gone through the process of assisting a photographer while picking up the trade, myself included. I've to spend my first 3 mths in a B/W darkroom learning darkroom work, full time from 9am to 5pm ( OT not included ) before I can even learn to help my photographer to set the lights. And it was about another 2 years before I'm allowed to shoot my first "test" shot. Though you may be directing at someone else please indicate it by stating who your post is directed at. At present, it seems like your posting is a sweeping statement across the board.