"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
    National.
     
    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
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  4. Frederick

    Frederick Guest

    Steve,

    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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