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    HSTONEY222
    31 Aug 2009 - 3:26 PM

    HELLO ALL,
    MY NAME IS HOWARD, AND I SEE LOT OF PEOPLE CALL THEM SELF SEMI PRO, AND I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE
    TO FIND ANY DETAILS TO BE COME SEMI PRO,OR WHAT
    QUALIFICATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO BE ONE.
    ANY HELP PLEASE , MANY THANKS HOWARD.

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    Chrism8
    Chrism8  7745 forum posts England14 Constructive Critique Points
    31 Aug 2009 - 3:28 PM

    Please don't shout, i.e please turn the caps OFF.

    Carabosse
    Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
    31 Aug 2009 - 3:34 PM

    You become a semi-pro by earning a little bit of money from your photography and telling people you are a semi-pro.

    One day, when you are actually dependant on photography to keep a roof over your head, you move up to calling yourself a pro.

    No qualifications required.

    Hope that helps. Smile

    HSTONEY222
    31 Aug 2009 - 3:50 PM

    HELLO,CHRISM8, sorry1 did not meen to upset any one,
    just got use'ed to useing cap's and thank's for reminding me
    to turn of cap's.
    yours Howard.

    Last Modified By HSTONEY222 at 31 Aug 2009 - 3:55 PM
    stolzy
    stolzy  83753 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
    31 Aug 2009 - 3:55 PM


    Quote: you move up to calling yourself a pro.

    Interesting choice of phrase.

    HSTONEY222
    31 Aug 2009 - 3:58 PM

    HELLO C.B., thank you for your comments reguarding of beening
    a semi pro, your information on qualification has been a good
    help, and thanks for you coming back.
    yours, howard.

    HSTONEY222
    31 Aug 2009 - 4:01 PM

    HELLO STOZY, yes i like that phase, but would be going for my
    qualifications first through.
    yours. howard.

    Carabosse
    Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
    31 Aug 2009 - 4:11 PM

    Qualifications are only useful in that they may help you to learn a bit more about photography. They will not help you to get work though. What clients want to see is a good portfolio of your work - if you are seeking commissioned work... the last thing they will be interested in is your qualifications!

    If you are doing stock agency work, just shoot some good photos in a niche of the market which isn't saturated. Agencies will not give a hoot about qualifications, either.

    Overread
    Overread  63806 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
    31 Aug 2009 - 4:29 PM

    Just to expand on Carabosse's point on qualifications - as well as a learning tool they can also be good for aquiring contacts in the photography world - contacts which might be a big help later on.
    Also if your applying for a job with a company dealing in photography (say becoming a second shooter or something along those lines) qualifications (good and respected ones mind) might help get your CV looked at.

    But he is right - no matter how many bits of paper you have in the bag, its whats on the wall and in your portfolio which is going to matter the most.

    Chrism8
    Chrism8  7745 forum posts England14 Constructive Critique Points
    31 Aug 2009 - 6:09 PM


    Quote: HELLO,CHRISM8, sorry1 did not meen to upset any one,
    just got use'ed to useing cap's and thank's for reminding me
    to turn of cap's.

    No problem Howard, it makes your Q / text much easier to read more than anything else.

    Chris

    Last Modified By Chrism8 at 31 Aug 2009 - 6:10 PM
    HSTONEY222
    31 Aug 2009 - 6:53 PM

    HELLO TO c.b.alex, chris, thanks for all your feed back on
    semi pro, all comments noted and noted about the point
    about commissioned work & stock agenices.
    yours Howard.

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