Professional Photographer Qualifications

Published 28 Aug, 2018

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Professional Photographer Qualifications

Formal Qualifications

Whilst there are no formal official qualifications for photography, like in other fields, there are certainly plenty of options available for you to be recognised as a professional.

First, you need to have a keen eye for detail, both aesthetically and technically. A creative mind and a pro-active one. You may also require the ability to sense a situation, depending on which field of photography you are looking to get into.

As a photographer, your portfolio will be an essential tool in order to show off your talents. But before that, to make sure you are ready to be competitive in the marketplace, you will need to master your skills.

Starting with GCSEs, you will need five A-C grades including maths and English as well as two or three A-Levels, ideally in a creative area like art or design. You will then be able to apply for a degree or higher education qualification in a photography-related course. Of course, entry requirements will differ at each university.

There are other routes to attaining experience and skills, for example a level 3 vocation course in photography, art and design or media.

The British Institute of Professional Photography

This is a not for profit organisation that is internationally recognised and supports professional photographers throughout their careers. It has several levels of qualification that you can use to enhance your standing, reputation and career. They are challenging qualilfications which they offer alongside other related courses and products.

They are affiliated with colleges and work to ensure the future of professional photography and to connect to government and industry.

The qualifications are a benchmark of excellent and you can work your way up through the levels as you gain experience in the field of photography.