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12-12-2011, 04:15 PM
I'm just getting started on working toward certification. I ordered the recommended book and declared my candidacy. I'm thinking I should have waited to declare until it was closer to February when image submissions are accepted, but I can at least start to prepare.

I have a couple of questions I can't find answers to. When I read about the image submissions, it said there are six compulsory images they require, but I can't find anywhere that explains what those categories/requirements are?

Also, I read that the galleries are a good place to post images anonymously for review. I went in to look, and it seems like not many people comment on the images at all. Is it better to post for critique in the member section?

Thanks for any help.


12-12-2011, 04:50 PM
This link has the list of compulsory images: http://certifiedphotographer.com/news/important-changes-to-the-image-submission-review-effective-june-24-2011

the first 3 are mandatory: short lighting, broad lighting, selective focus

then you pick 3 from the remaining 9 categories:

high key
low key
rule of thirds
use of shape form and texture
color harmony
S curve line
assertive, angular or masculine line
architectural (can't be used for the portrait category)

12-12-2011, 05:01 PM
You can find the image submission requirements by following this link http://certifiedphotographer.com/news/important-changes-to-the-image-submission-review-effective-june-24-2011

You can submit images to the galleries here or you can put together an online portfolio and ask for critiques from individual liaisons here.

12-12-2011, 05:06 PM
Thanks Mark and Greg!

12-12-2011, 07:45 PM
It might seem that the gallery isn't used much because the gallery is cleaned out as submission dates pass. I checked and seems to be at least 2 comments or more for ever image posted. You can post in the forum if you like but what is salable is sometimes different from what is needed to demonstrate competency for CPP. If posted in the CPP upload gallery it is automatically looked at for an eye towards CPP. If you post in the forum you may have to specifically state the objective is for CPP.

Let us know if you need help.

12-12-2011, 08:10 PM
Good info, thank you Vance!

01-07-2012, 01:10 AM
Is it possible to pass the written test first and continue working on the images and submit them after taking the test. Or are you required to do both at the same time. Are you allowed to break the process of certification down to two seperate events?

01-07-2012, 01:17 AM
Yes, that is where I am. I have passed the test and I am hoping to submit in February(my second attempt):o

01-07-2012, 02:18 AM
Janie -
You can go through the process in any order you choose. Some breeze through one part and struggle through the other, which is why you have 3 years to complete the process. You could take and pass the test tomorrow and not submit images for 2 years and still be fine. Or vice versa.

Good luck to all of you! Let us know if you need help. There are lots of folks here that are either Liaisons or otherwise involved in the Certification program that are more than willing to help.

01-07-2012, 04:20 AM
Janie and Ed,

I would be glad to help in anyway I can.

Here is another tool to help with the exam.

http://quizlet.com/2059436/certified-professional-photographer-flash-cards/ (http://quizlet.com/2059436/certified-professional-photographer-flash-cards/)

And to recap: The image guidelines are here: http://certifiedphotographer.com/news/important-changes-to-the-image-submission-review-effective-june-24-2011

01-07-2012, 04:24 AM
Ed and Janie,
I'll be happy to help you too.

01-09-2012, 12:01 AM
Thanks Vance and Rick.