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Semi pro qualifications


HSTONEY222 8 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 10 824 16 England
31 Aug 2009 3:28PM
Please don't shout, i.e please turn the caps OFF.
Carabosse Plus
13 40.4k 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 8 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 11 3.8k 7
31 Aug 2009 3:55PM

Quote:you move up to calling yourself a pro.

Interesting choice of phrase.
HSTONEY222 8 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 8 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 Plus
13 40.4k 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 8 4.1k 19 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 10 824 16 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 8 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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