Im­ages meet tough cri­te­ria

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Pu­taruru pho­tog­ra­pher Claire Birks is en­joy­ing sweet success af­ter pass­ing her New Zealand In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy por­trait qual­i­fi­ca­tions fol­low­ing a rig­or­ous ap­pli­ca­tion process.

‘‘Af­ter a big push from a fam­ily friend to start en­ter­ing pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tions and do­ing really well in them, I de­cided that it was time to see where I was placed in the in­dus­try. Could I call my­self a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher or not?’’

The in­sti­tute’s qual­i­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme es­tab­lishes a stan­dard in mem­bers’ busi­nesses and iden­ti­fies mem­bers as pho­tog­ra­phers who have at­tained a cred­i­ble qual­ity stan­dard.

‘‘ I have been work­ing to­wards (this) for some time. It takes a long time to gain the nec­es­sary skills to con­sis­tently pro­duce pho­tog­ra­phy that is of the very high stan­dard to meet NZIPP’s re­quire­ments for a pro­fes­sional. The port­fo­lio I submitted was made up of re­cent work, as ob­vi­ously pho­tog­ra­phers keep on im­prov­ing and de­vel­op­ing their style over time, and I felt my more re­cent work was a fair re­flec­tion of my style and abil­ity.’’

She spent one month sift­ing through pho­to­graphs to sub­mit.

‘‘ It was a great process to go through, learn­ing a lot about your­self and style. My friends and fam­ily were tor­mented by me ask­ing them to check pho­tos con­stantly.’’

A port­fo­lio of 12 pho­to­graphs were submitted in her port­fo­lio.

‘‘While that might sound like a piece of cake, in fact it was very dif­fi­cult. Ev­ery im­age not only had to be tech­ni­cally per­fect (there are a lot of gen­eral pho­to­graphic rules that must be met) but they also had to show cor­rect use of light, cre­ative flair, en­gage­ment et cetera. The print qual­ity and pre­sen­ta­tion was also judged as they are part of what is given to clients and there­fore im­por­tant to help de­ter­mine that the work is of pro­fes­sional qual­ity.’’

PASSED: One of Pu­taruru pho­tog­ra­pher Claire Birks’ submitted im­ages.

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