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I've just read back further, and might start another arguement here. What does FRPS (ARPS, LRPS) actually mean?
It means - got there once and prepared to pay for it. It doesnt mean still can, or ever could in some subject areas. The photographer may not have exposed a frame on anything for years!
Remember, as in degrees, distinctions at the Royal are attained in certain subject areas. A person may have got his FRPS in dental photography! Not necessarily the best field to make him/her a general judge.
Always ask what field the distinction is in. Also remember that the panel judging process leaves open the cheating route. Who is to say the submitting photographer actually took some or all of the shots - only trust. My trust of people is not good!
For me, continued illustration of capability is the only route, not qualifications and certainley not those you pay for alone. (For the record, I have a good degree in Metallurgy, but havn't followed my profession since 1971, which puts me a little out of touch.)
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Possibly the Mags are being outdone.HERE.By having the best uptodate body of like minded people to comment /help/guide/critisize/and of course reward without having to wait a month to buy a mag that covers season by season year in year out.Besause its live & interactive.And L.R.P.S. is only qualified by the first letter.L= learner. told to me by an F.R.P.S. what does F stand for.
Haven't been in to Photography that long, only about 8 months. Bought loads of magazines at first. Now the only one i get is 'Outdoor Photography', which is really great for people of all skill levels, and for that area of photography obviously. But none seem anywhere near as informative or indeed, as addictive as this site.
Most of the mags are at an introductry level, and all say much the same thing e.g "6 tips to take better landscape photos", or "how to take better portraits". It describes subject areas like this quite a superficairy level. I am sure that many on this site are buying them or have bought them. The number of questions asked and answered by this site, and its collective knowldge, clearly shows that the magazines aren't quite getting it correct.
They, are of course, some useful and interesting articles, but they could do so much better. After about 1 years worth, it all starts repeating again, and doesn't really cover any new ground.
There is a great deal to read in the photo mags. Just a shame that you would have to buy them all to make one interesting read these days.
They reach out to the lowest common denominator because that is their market.
Not intending to insult beginners. I have a collection of articles culled over the last couple of years.
I decided earlier this year to stop buying photomags altogether.
Outdoor Photography's still worth a look.
Well, if you're into outdoorsy things it is.
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You can always tell which are the naff photo mags, they are the one that end up in the dentist & doctor's surgeries waiting rooms!
That would explain why Ive seen a fair few of Amateur photography magazines of late.
Willie Chung came too a camera club of which I was a member some 7/8 years ago.
I found his comments on pix quite constructive, a bit strong possibly, but not particularly offensive.
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I am a self confessed magazine addict, and since going digital I dread to think how much I have spent on photo magazines but I agree with Jaspernina as above.
Outdoor Photography is the one for me. Perhaps that's because I like taking photographs out of doors.
Any other mags I tend to buy for the reviews now.
DSLR, in my opinion is the best one out there at the moment. Varied articles, LOADS of excellent photographs, an excellent monthly competition format, minimal advertising (for now), which is why I moved from Digital Camera (half the mag is ads) and lots of recognisable EPZ'ers in DSLR.
(I'll expect the chq in the post then...)
edit: DSLR photography mag.
Quote: I'll expect the chq in the post then...
You may be waiting for some time then.
These magazines just love the i wont to be famous .
They only pay out to the known names not the wannabes.
Sorry but that is how it works.
And as long as you are happy to supply them they will be happy to fill their pages with your shots,
At no cost to themselves.
But at least you get your five minutes of fame
That is quite a statement Andy.....everyone starts somewhere, what is wrong with 5 mins of fame anyway......paid or unpaid....famous or infamous, everyone wants different things from their photography.
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