definition 1. (Engineering / Civil Engineering) a stone pillar that shows the distance in miles to or from a place
2. a significant event in life, history, etc.
I’ve been striving to be better at my craft since the day I started- I don’t want to ever settle for “good enough” when I know I can do better. Having an “eye” for photography is great ( Ask anybody with a new camera)- having the knowledge to consistantly create imagery I’m proud of is better.
I’ve dedicated more than half my life to learning, experimenting and gaining technical skills that allow me to “make” a photograph rather than to just “take” a photograph.
Today I got recognized for it by my peers.
I started on my “Certified Professional Photographer” certification process this past Spring- although I’ve thought about it for years- with a written test that challenged my knowledge of technical aspects of photography, experience, and practical equipment and lens choices.
I passed the written exam, but it was only step One of the Two required to be a CPP.
The second is a submission of your current work showing expertise in lighting and posing- you can’t fake that- you either know this stuff, or you don’t . Your work will be judged by a panel of experts in photography- and the outcome is either “pass” or “Fail”. ( Like I said, you either know it or you don’t…)
Was I confident? Not 100%- I don’t know of ANY photographer who thinks they “know it all”- at least not any professionals worth a darn….
So I couldn’t be complacent-It’s not a “given” just because I’ve shot images for over 27 yrs, I would pass- I actually went back to the books and studied to make sure I was “up to date” on things!
The bottom line is I took a very difficult path to PROVE I knew what I know- to myself and to my clients – who make all this possible- I took my exam and had samples of my work judged by my peers; as of yesterday afternoon-I am now recognized as a Certified Professional Photographer !
– ummmmm….yep, I passed- flying colors- all that stuff !!! 🙂 –