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    Default is qualification important to be a good photographer?

    do u need to have Bachelor in art or communication or related to be a professional photographer ?

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    I don't think so, a background in the arts would be an advantage, but not a neccessity.

    there are photographer's out there that don't have an "art" background.

    check this list out

    http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthrea...680#post140680

    Having an understanding of your subject would be very good, for example, a background in Sociology. This pips your basic interest in the subject first, photography is a way to express the photographer's feelings.

    for me, there are 2 basic "requirements" for being a good photographer

    1) direction
    2) "having something to say"

    my friend once (or more than once) said "if the picture tells nothing, don't click the shutter"

    to be a "professional photographer" you just need good marketting

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    You just need a good eye, and if you shoot people/wedding, a good personality. If you shoot events, you must be able to anticipate well. All these you can't learn in school/whatever.

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    Question How about accreditations from photog. associations?

    You have probably seen photogs. with numerous suffixes to their name. Example (no offence to Mr Ong Swee Huat):-

    ONG SWEE HUAT
    PSA Galarxy, Hon.FPAS, Hon.EHKCC, Hon.EYMCAPS, APAS, Hon.ECPA, FPSM, EFIAP, MHFCBA, MHPFR, S.E.HKCPAC


    To the credit of the photog. getting these accreditations are not easy as there are very stringent rules. But, really, how important are they?

    Darren Lau
    CS CTM, BaLD, Po0R, BA Hons, NPS

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    haha, look at darren's signature.

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    Default Re: How about accreditations from photog. associations?

    Originally posted by Darren
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    Darren Lau
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    That's a good one!

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    According to the topic....from what i feel.....seems like its true. At least you need some form of qualification to get somewhere....if not it will mean im wasting my time and money getting a diploma at a art school now...haaa.
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    Default Re: How about accreditations from photog. associations?

    Originally posted by Darren

    Darren Lau
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    let me try

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    Default Re: Re: How about accreditations from photog. associations?

    Originally posted by rueyloon


    let me try

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    personally, IMHO, don't think you need any qualifications to be a pro photog lor. it's the quality of your pictures that counts, really. you can have all the papers in the world and if you can't produce a decent pix, it's all useless. unless you're looking for a photo journalist position or something similar, then mabbe.

    certification is just to arm you with the basics, then you gotta prove yourself, more so with arts and photog. end of the day, if someone stops to admire your picture, then you're ready.

    but that's just my own 2 cents...

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