Leo I understand where you are coming from 100%. I was where you are in 2004 just wanting to shoot the sport I love and take photos of my friends. Back then there was no way in the world I would or could get a "media pass" to an NPPL event, so I started chrono300. I worked my way up shooting hundreds of local events and practices before I was approved for my first pass. In fact it was guys like Gary Baum and myself that made it easier for Internet based media outlets to get on the paintball fields with the NPPL.
I was not bashing smugmug (look at www.chrono300/smugmug.com
) or Flickr (user name MichaelWise2) I am saying that that does not make you a media person. I am a professional painball photographer not a hobiest as you stated you and many others are. Hobiest is a person shooting casually, do you think the NFL should or would allow a hobiest a media pass because the photographer love the sport of paintball?
I am not bashing or trying to be mean, not everyone should be allowed passes. If you are serious work your way up or join a larger media outlet that is proven and earn your way on to an NPPL field. D4 is not local tournament Serries under the NPPL banner, it should be treated no different than a pro game. Try and shoot a NASCAR event on Friday and shoot the rookies driving the pick-up trucks they won't change the rules for anyone just because it is a lower division.