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Semi pro qualifications


HSTONEY222 6 20 1 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2009 3:26PM
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 8 752 14 England
31 Aug 2009 3:28PM
Please don't shout, i.e please turn the caps OFF.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
31 Aug 2009 3:34PM
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 6 20 1 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2009 3:50PM
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.
stolzy 9 3.8k 7
31 Aug 2009 3:55PM

Quote:you move up to calling yourself a pro.

Interesting choice of phrase.
HSTONEY222 6 20 1 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2009 3:58PM
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 6 20 1 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2009 4:01PM
HELLO STOZY, yes i like that phase, but would be going for my
qualifications first through.
yours. howard.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
31 Aug 2009 4:11PM
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 6 3.9k 18 England
31 Aug 2009 4:29PM
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 8 752 14 England
31 Aug 2009 6:09PM

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
HSTONEY222 6 20 1 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2009 6:53PM
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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