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D._Craig_Flory
09-21-2005, 08:26 PM
Certification is an important step everyone should take. I've been certified since 1986 and am the Certification Liason for Pennsylvania. I give the test up to four times a year. You can take the test with a state group that has an approved proctor like me. You can take it at the national convention or at a regional convention. If you are interested contact PPA and ask for the certification department. You will pay a fee and a test will be made up for you ... after they know what you do in your business ... it's based on your work.

Since you can't gain the Master of Photography degree without certification you should strive to gain C.P.P. status as soon as possible. Another thing that is important is that an average person can identify with a person being certified i.e. certified electrician. So your worth, in their eyes, goes up when you get certified. Don't wait ... call PPA now !!!

D. Craig Flory PPA Certified // PPA Recon

P.S. ... if anyone is close enough, and and would like to take the test in Pennsylvania ... the next test month, with enough time for you to have a test prepared, will be in February 2006. You can read about our meeting dates for next year on our site : www.ppaofpa.org .

Brad_Affolder
09-21-2005, 10:40 PM
Nicely said; and look for major information very soon.
Brad

Deb_Wat
09-21-2005, 11:37 PM
Hello,

I have great aspirations to become certified but do find the process scary. I have joined the PPA and have applied for membership at my local chapter where I hope to gain a mentor to help me toward my certification.

Any advice for studying for the written exam would be appreciated. I haven't taken a written exam in 20 years! I did pick up the recommended textbook.

Oh, my name is Deb Wat. Just started my photo business and am hoping to specialize in product photography and portraits.

Thanks

Deb

D._Craig_Flory
09-22-2005, 12:10 AM
Hi Deb;

I'm in between clients ... and saw your reply. Joining PPA is good ... as is joining a local or state group. I've been a member of PPA of Pennsylvania since 1978 and gain a lot of knowledge from others in the group as well as the speakers we have . Talk to a number who are certified ... as well as the Masters and Craftsmen. The tests now are based on your studio & work. When I took it there were all kinds of questions and not always work you did. I passed ... without studying ... but I was an Air Force photographer using 4X5 speed graphics, view cameras, and developing B&W , color negative, and color transparency. So your background can be important. I'd also try to find one or more mentors. I am a C.P.P. and will get my Craftsman next January. I have a few friends who I consider my mentors. Talk to others who have recently taken the test and ask for their insight. Good luck;

D. Craig Flory PPA Certified // floryphotog@mindspring.com

Deb_Wat
09-22-2005, 02:29 AM
Great advice. Thank you. I am hoping to receive a lot of feedback in the local chapter once I am accepted.

What do you mean that the written is based on my studio?

D._Craig_Flory
09-22-2005, 12:33 PM
Hi Deb;

The test is based on what you do. For example, if you do approx. 25% kids portraits, 25% couples, and 50% weddings ... that would be a lot of what it is made up frrom. Please call PPA and ask for the certification department. They can tell you a lot more.

You are going the right direction ... joining the other group. Attend all the meetings and all the programs and seminars. Also, a lot of the time, I learn at meals. Sitting with other photographers, I always end up learning something just talking at lunch or dinner. So pick the brains of everyone you meet. And look for "danglies" around the necks. They can be for Master or Craftsman or other photography awards and degrees. Ask questions constantly. When attending programs take lots of notes and then type them up when you get back home.

So ... call PPA Certification today.

D. Craig Flory PPA Certified // floryphotog@mindspring.com

Allison_English_Watkins
09-24-2005, 04:22 PM
I very resently completed and passed the certification test. Although I am a college grad it has been awhile since I have seriously studied for a major exam. After I had completely read the "Photography, 8th edition" by London and Upton I noticed on the back of the book in small print....."free online study resources for students". (go to www.prenhall.com/london) SO I checked it out two days before the exam. It was a complete online (free)testing and study resource center. I could take test questions in either multiple choice, true/flase, or fill in the blank. It would immediately grade the test and provide me with my score and correct/incorrect answers. Although the test questions are usually quite different from the PPA certification test question, I found it helped me remeber how to take a test and how importrant it is to read the questions carefully. It became invaluable to me! I believe this is a very valuable resource for anyone preparing to take the certification exam, especially if it has been awhile since you studied like a school kid. Best of luck!

Deb_Wat
09-24-2005, 11:05 PM
Thank you so much. That is valuable info that I will definately take advantage of. Congrats on passing the exam! That is a major accomplishment.

Thanks again!

Deb

Bob_MacDonald
09-24-2005, 11:54 PM
Allison....
I looked at the link you provided about the "online" test. and came up drawing a "blank". could you provide a better link? :confused:
Thanks...

David_Capano
09-25-2005, 12:57 AM
Bob, I clicked the link and got to the site no problem. This may have been an issue with your ISP (believe me, it can happen... I've been unable to view several sites for short periods of time since Hurricane Katrina... and I live in Cincinnati!) but you may be able to get to it now. However, I did notice that the page is a "splash" page to four different study guides. The one we're looking for specifically can be found at 8th Edition (http://wps.prenhall.com/hss_london_photo_8) Note that when you get to the page, there is a listing of chapters on top of the screen... click the appropriate chapter you are interested in and it will take you to relevant information... study guide/questions are in the nav-bar on the left once you've chosen your chapter.

Well, that was just a thank you, really. I found the information in this post valuable and wanted to give something back. :D Hope I've helped. I'll be joining my local chapter very soon... I live in the Northern Kentucky area (VERY close to Cincinnati, OH) Suggestions on whether to join OH or KY? And where can I find their contact information?

Thanks!

P.S. I'm going to apply for certification as soon as I get some other things straightened out (take a look at my other posts)

Bob_MacDonald
09-25-2005, 01:52 PM
"Oh, I see"... said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw! Thanks, David...it's nice to have friends who also have brains. :)

Best,
Bob

Allison_English_Watkins
09-26-2005, 02:39 AM
I'll clearify how to get to the test questions. After going to www.prenhall.com/london the cover of "photography 8th edition" will be one of the images you can click on. After clicking the cover you will come to a welcome page to the book. Across the top of the page will be a gray tool bar that says "select chapter" with all the numbers on it. After selecting a chapter, down the left hand side of the page will appear a tool bar, click study questions and you will be able to select what type of questions you would like to answer. After completing your test, just click to submit your test and it will immediately return your results. I feel lucky to have found this little test prep. I'm happy to share it with everybody, hope it does the same for you. But just a note.... the questions on the test are worded differently from PPA certification tests. It does Not replace the need to read the book. Also, as you are reading the book, make flash cards for yourself. There is SO much info you need to know and so many details it was my way of making sure I didn't forget anything.
I am going to jump on my soap box about taking this test. This book, cover to cover, was one of the best books I have ever read. I don't care if you are digital or film, old school or a new dog..... this is our profession. And we should know the complete past and present of our technology. All the details and technical break downs come together in this book easily. I am a professional photographer and should know how this industry was born not only because is it facinating but because it completes our knowledge base. How can truly feel you understand your craft if you don't even know where the technology started? I feel reading this book was as valuable as print competiton, and any educational class I have taken.
Thanks for suffering through my sermon. It is an understanding that comes after reading this book and taking this test. If you think this test has nothing to offer you, and is only a hoop to jump through, you are missing the point. If you consider yourself a professional photographer you should know all aspects of your craft not just what you do on an everyday basis.
I'll now end my ramblings.... good luck
Allison

Deb_Wat
09-26-2005, 02:46 AM
Allison,

I do apprecite your insight and agree which is why I'm trying to be certified. I want to provide the best quality I can for my clients and I believe that the whole certification process, learning history included, will help me to do that.

Thanks for the link, it will be very helpful in my preparation.

Deb

Bob_MacDonald
09-26-2005, 01:50 PM
Thank you, Allison....

You're correct on all points. I'm just an "old dog" trying to learn some new tricks! ;)
I've always enjoyed the Fall colors in your neighborhood!

Best,
Bob

Allison_English_Watkins
09-26-2005, 05:37 PM
WOW! I'm excited to know so many people are reading this site. I only wish I would have joined on the first day. It is so comforting to know how many people are working toward the same goals I am.
Thanks Bob..... best of luck. This weekend will be absolutely prime leaves in the canyons of SL. Park City was prime last week and the reds are out in numbers this year. Anytime you need a contact for Intermountain PPA let me know.
Allison

dave_jackson
09-29-2005, 02:29 PM
I live in the San Diego area. Who would I contact to begin schooling or certification?

Michael_Gan
09-29-2005, 03:26 PM
I live in the San Diego area. Who would I contact to begin schooling or certification?

Hi Dave,
The Certification Liason for Southern California is Roger Daines, M.Photog. CPP at 760-743-4130. He's in Yosemite with the rest of the California affiliates State board meeting this weekend, but you should be able to get a hold of him Tuesday the 4th.

Von_Buzard
09-29-2005, 08:34 PM
Hello

I have been contemplating going for my certifcation ever since I joined PPA but really had no idea how to go about it.

I mainly shoot commercially, product, tabletop, catalog...is there a type of certification for a guy like me? or is it just for the portrait shooters?

D._Craig_Flory
10-04-2005, 11:04 AM
Each test is made up just for that photographer. You tell PPA about your business and the test is geared towards what you do.

As PPA C.P.P. Laison for Pennsylvania (one of two but I give the test) I gave the exam on Sunday to four photographers. I also took information along to our state photography meeting about certification and it was grabbed quickly so a lot of people are interested.

On the PPA site, you can download a .pdf file which lists all C.P.P. Laisons so everyone knows who gives the test near you. The contact inform. is also given so, besides calling PPA, you can contact the Laison near you for information about the test, where it's given, and when. It must be given at a meeting and NOT in a studio.

Gotta go ... going to hear Helen Yancy give a seminar on Painter and Photoshop.

D. Craig Flory PPA Certified // floryphotog@mindspring.com
Professional Photographers of Pennsylvania

Von_Buzard
10-04-2005, 01:32 PM
Each test is made up just for that photographer. You tell PPA about your business and the test is geared towards what you do.

As PPA C.P.P. Laison for Pennsylvania (one of two but I give the test) I gave the exam on Sunday to four photographers. I also took information along to our state photography meeting about certification and it was grabbed quickly so a lot of people are interested.

On the PPA site, you can download a .pdf file which lists all C.P.P. Laisons so everyone knows who gives the test near you. The contact inform. is also given so, besides calling PPA, you can contact the Laison near you for information about the test, where it's given, and when. It must be given at a meeting and NOT in a studio.

Gotta go ... going to hear Helen Yancy give a seminar on Painter and Photoshop.

D. Craig Flory PPA Certified // floryphotog@mindspring.com
Professional Photographers of Pennsylvania

Thanks, I'll be contacting my local rep today

David_Grupa
10-07-2005, 12:50 PM
Hey Deb -

It's only scary in our own heads.

While I can't go into great detail, please know that great care has been taken to make sure that the written exam is as user-friendly as possible, and is designed to test your working knowledge of photography.

Get the London/Upton book "Photography" (you can usually find used copies on Amazon.com) and give it a once-through before you take the exam. PPA has sample questions in their Certification packet, and if you prepare accordingly, you should have no problems whatsoever.

Give the PPA Service Center a call to receive your materials; 800.786.6277

Good Luck!

David Grupa
PPA Certified




Hello,

I have great aspirations to become certified but do find the process scary. I have joined the PPA and have applied for membership at my local chapter where I hope to gain a mentor to help me toward my certification.

Any advice for studying for the written exam would be appreciated. I haven't taken a written exam in 20 years! I did pick up the recommended textbook.

Oh, my name is Deb Wat. Just started my photo business and am hoping to specialize in product photography and portraits.

Thanks

Deb

Deb_Wat
10-07-2005, 10:42 PM
David,

Thank you very much. I will contact them to get my packet.

Deb