"Master Photographer"

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Frederick, Jul 14, 2003.

  1. Frederick

    Frederick Guest

    Working towards a "Master Photographer". My mentor says I am already
    there book wise, but I just need to develope some work to prove it.
    Does anyone have any advise?

    Now I don't belong to the PPA so I can't be certified as a "Master"
    photographer, but I am working toward all the same information
    abilities as PPA members have.

    I am only 32 and have been taking pictures since I was 5, so I have
    been practicing for a long time with Pro model cameras.
    Frederick, Jul 14, 2003
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  2. Well, a Master requires 25 points from print competition from PPA.
    It's not a question of knowledge, it's a question of hanging prints at
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 14, 2003
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  3. You've got a point there. Back when it was my livelihood, I was one
    of the first three in the State of WA to become Certified by PPA...also
    earned my Associate Fellow of Photography. Was 8 o r9 merits shy of
    getting my Craftsman from PPA.

    Customers didn't care for the most part, just other photographers
    that were trying to impress each other.
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 15, 2003
  4. Frederick

    Frederick Guest


    Thanks for your reply. I don't much care about the title or the
    recognition it comes with. I just want to be a better photographer.
    Photography has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
    I never really took any classes. Everything I know, I picked up from
    experience, and my father who was a professional photographer. My
    mentor who is a life long family friend was a photography instructor
    at RIT, and she has been teaching me as well.

    My main reason for wanting to become a "Master Photographer" is so
    that I can gain more knowledge as well as possibly be able to educate
    others. Like I said, the title doesn't really matter to me, I just
    want the knowledge that goes along with it. I know most people say it
    is all about showing your work, but the PPA also requires you to take
    courses and workshops as well. Most of the courses and workshops I
    have informally already done through life experience. I guess what I
    am looking to do is learn what I can, and as much as I can. Can anyone
    suggest books, or magazines to read? Steve, You mention you are a
    "Master Photographer" as well. What types of settings do you
    photograph? I have done everything from nature, to weddings. When
    putting together my portfolio I found a great majority of the work is
    nature related. What types of things do you like to shoot? I am really
    looking for ideas on subjects to shoot that might be interesting to
    look at. Different subjects to experiment with.
    Frederick, Jul 16, 2003
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