I have been debating the value of registering with one of the two major societies now for around 5 years. This year I decided to take the plunge.
Why did you do this I hear you ask?
The main reasons I joined are;
continued professional development,
to net work with other photographers ( this can be a lonely job sometimes ),
to gain recognition from my peers via the qualification, and competition avenues.
I also thought it would have a positive effect on how I was viewed by potential clients.
There are 3 main qualifications a photographer can achieve, Licentiate, Associateship, and Fellowship. Needless to say you have to start at the lower level.
In South Yorkshire there are about 80 photographers registered with the society of wedding and portraits,
Just 12 of these members have achieved the Licentiate qualification or above.
The society offers its members a free mentoring service, candidates submit 20 images and the mentor provides a critique and advise.
The images below are some of my initial images which probably didn't reach the required standard, and my mentor advised me not to submit them.
find below the 20 images I have submitted to the panel for the qualification.
They will be judged using the following 10 criterea ; Impact, creativity and style, composition, Image presentation, Centre of interest, Lighting, Colour Balance, Technical excellence, Photographic technique, and Storytelling-subject matter.
Its Just a matter of waiting now and hopefully I will have some good news in a week or so...
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