QUALIFIED MEMBER OF THE GUILD OF PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS - WORKINGLINE

THE GUILD OF PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS

"QUALIFIED" PANEL

"Whilst photography related qualifications have always been a controversial issue (for how do you judge an art form?), by being aligned to the Guild concept we can apply assessment criteria to our levels that reflect the underlining principals the original Guild's employed!

Our 'Qualified' status is therefore aligned to standards of competence that reflect a level where the customer should be 'pleased with the results', when employing the services of a skilled tradesman (the photographer).

In other words 'Qualified' indicates professional 'competence' to a level where the Guild is willing to recognise the photographer as an ambassador of the association , so those who achieve that level should be proud of doing so."


MY SUBMISSION BRIEF

My name is Caroline Dell and for the last four years I have been a full time Fieldsports and Dog Photographer.

My love of photography and dogs combined with living on the edge of the Peak District Moors allows me capture a range of images for clients from more traditional portraits taken in our Hayloft Studio to their dogs at work.

The Hayloft provides me with an “inside outside” studio which enables me to capture the majority of portraits using natural light.

A recent commission tested the use of natural light and encouraged me to learn more about lighting. This is still very much a work in progress and something that I look forward to learning to master.

I feel that it is important to push ourselves forward and never to feel complacent with our work, especially when clients are involved. By submitting my images for judging at a “Qualified” level, this sets a bar from which I can progress with mentoring and training hopefully to the higher levels.


Images 1-5 Have all been shot in the old hayloft using natural light.

Images 6 -9 Have all been shot using a single off camera flash and a reflector.

Images 10 & 11 These two images formed part of series from a recent commission. The client had a very clear idea of what they wanted to have, “We would like to have Old Masters on the wall, but of our dogs”. The textures applied are deliberately quite heavy so as to create an aged feel that was reflected when finally printed.

Images 12 & 13 These are again using natural light but with added textures to create an aged effect.

Images 15 – 21 Dogs at work. All of these images are captured whilst the dogs are out working.


Whilst photography related qualifications have always been a controversial issue (for how do you judge an art form?), by being aligned to the Guild concept we can apply assessment criteria to our levels that reflect the underlining principals the original Guild's employed!

Our 'Qualified' status is therefore aligned to standards of competence that reflect a level where the customer should be 'pleased with the results', when employing the services of a skilled tradesman (the photographer).

In other words 'Qualified' indicates professional 'competence' to a level where the Guild is willing to recognise the photographer as an ambassador of the association , so those who achieve that level should be proud of doing so.

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