Ok so here’s the thing…
The other day I got chatting with a friend of mine and the subject of ‘Photography Qualifications’ and their importance came into the conversation. Now when I say qualifications what I’m talking about here is more specifically being a member of a Photography Organisation such as the R.P.S. (Royal Photographic Society) and gaining a Licentitateship, Fellowship and the like.
Speaking for myself I no longer belong to any such organisations however I did used to belong to the R.P.S. and hey who knows, in the future I may well renew that membership for a host of reasons, but it wouldn’t be to gain any kind of ‘qualification’.
From my own experience I have never, not once been asked by a client if I have any qualifications or come to think of it if I’m a member of any photography organisation; all they’ve wanted to see is a body of my work in a portfolio to show what I’m capable of and also to show that I’m consistent. I don’t know the answer to this yet but maybe this could be because of the area of photography I work in i.e a wedding photographer may well have a totally different experience of being asked.
At the risk of sounding controversial, do these ‘qualifications’ mean you’re a good photographer, and if so why? and for those folks who have gained these ‘qualifications’ was that more for your own feeling of personal achievement or with clients in mind?
Now please don’t misunderstand me here…what I’m not saying is that gaining a Licentiateship is worthless…far from it, but what I am asking here is do you think they’re important and if so why?
I guess this topic will join the ranks of Mac v PC and they’ll always be an argument for and against but I’d love to hear your take on this, so feel free to ‘shout out’ your thoughts in the comments section below.