Photography and continuing education
I joined Professional Photographers of America in the late 90's as a way to further expand my photography and business skills. The association was formed in 1880 and is currently about 29,000 strong, according to PPA ( https://www.ppa.com/about/content.cfm?ItemNumber=1793 ).
In 2001 I applied successful passed a portfolio review and written exam to receive "Certified Professional Photographer" status. Maintaining this requires continuing education, which is always a good thing in any profession. I was on schedule to maintain my CPP status with continuing education points but noticed a little used caveat that allowed for taking the written exam again.
With all the changes in the industry since 2001 I thought it might be fun to challenge myself in this manner. It provided a further incentive to read some books from that were on the back burner list. It created familiarity with photographers previously unknown to me, again, sending me down new paths of inspiration.
The biggest changes in the industry have been provided by the digital charge. So the testing was much more digital related that back in 2001. This made it fun and reminded me of how much has truly changed thanks to technology.
There remains nothing quite like a beautiful print of your family displayed in your home.
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