Only 3-4% of professional photographers have gone through the steps to become Certified. This involves passing a comprehensive written exam measuring technical expertise as well as submitting qualifying images of the photographer's work to a panel of judges for approval. In many industries, you wouldn't consider hiring a non-certified person (doctors, accountant, etc). Does it matter to you if a professional photographer is certified?
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Thank you, Claudia. I agree that the ultimate decision should be based on the body of work. As thechronicler mentioned below, many who get certified may never apply it. Work stands for itself.
Actually, it's not a rip off course. It's a certification from the same organization that certifies CPAs, doctors, etc. But thanks for your comments.
KDeus, According to your question you stated only 3-4% of photographers bother getting the certificate. I'd imagine there are tons of (top) photographers working for magazines/newspapers that would say it's a waste of money. Difference of opinion.
I honestly do respect your opinion! I do agree that there are many top photographers who aren't certified. Was just curious what the perception outside of this industry is.
Thank you, alexhd57. Yes, there are so many things that go into selecting the right photographer for you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
Yes, thechonicler, I agree with you. I also think it matters how well they can apply what they learned from going through the certification process. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!