Hope I am not the under-cutter! If not i will kenna hammer!
I treat photography purely as a hobby and thus, never thot of recovering costs of equipment, just like rearing fishy, dun expect my fish to be sold for profit, just love the hobby.
Dunno if i am consider a different league from you guys who purpose is to make money? Maybe I am a competitor in some ways!
I did tell my "customers" up front that I am doing as a hobby and thus, no sophisticated equipment and a "hobbist standard and quality". Show them my portfolio in my PC.
People just pass my contact to frens and frens...maybe that's people....free one must grab huh? I got satisified with my hobby and they got their photos.
Most of them are OK with just normal photos and I am really surprised how budget are some of them! Before I took their projects, some have only frens taking for them in mini digital camera...
Maybe i can consider myself doing charity in a way