How to Become a Certified Professional Photographer

Becoming a CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) takes a lot of work, dedication, practice and a plan. Go ahead and grab that new camera you got for the holidays; it's not only good practice, but coupled with dedication, it can put you on the path to a new and exciting career and higher education. For the right individual, this could be the defining moment of a life time. A couple of options you want to consider would be education, along with types of schools, blogging and websites, and lastly field work.

Step 1: Schooling and Education

The thought of going to a 2 or even a 4 year university is daunting enough with the expense of higher education, but it can help you later on in taking the certification test to become a CPP. Luckily, there are plenty of Internet classes and community colleges right around any corner to help if this is the way you want to go. Some of them will also give you the certification after graduation.

Researching what is available in your area will set you down the right path. Highly recommended would be having a few communications classes for this type of work, which can be taken as electives. Public speaking will give you the confidence needed to sell yourself to a complete stranger. Having that certificate shows that you have commitment and a desire to succeed.

Step 2: Blogs and Websites

Also create yourself a professional blog or website that will allow you to showcase yourself in the right way. This will get your name out on the grid early so you'll be known in this field and have experience along with technical knowledge when you graduate. Getting your name out faster and earlier can give you a leg up on competition for jobs. Having a love of travel will also open up broader opportunities for advancement and add more to your portfolio. With technology as it is today, this type of work can be done almost anywhere with the proper planning and foresight.

Step 3: Field Work

Experiencing the world from an RV is very liberating and gives someone an amazing chances to catch life in action, while earning a degree on-line, doing your homework on a laptop near a campfire and sleeping under the stars. Make sure you do a lot of research and plan what you want to accomplish or have done. Setting goals a little bit at a time will make large tasks seem easier to accomplish. Having patience for this kind of work and being able to take criticism, both constructive and obnoxious, will put you leagues above everyone else in this field. Being your own boss is a rewarding feeling that everyone deserves.

This is one of those jobs where you have to have a lot of initiative to get rolling with. Talk with a councilor or advisers before making any permanent plans, and do plenty of your own research. This is a very rewarding opportunity for anyone with the right mind set to accomplish. Once you have that piece of paper, no one can take it away from you.


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