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Certification Testing Requirements

    Certification Testing Steps
  1. Log into Member Center, click on the "Better Photos" tab > "Edit Your Photos" link.
  2. If you have enough credits for certification, you will see "Get Certified" buttons under each photo. Select 20 photos for your certification test in accordance with the requirements listed below. Make sure to add titles and descriptions to your testing photos as described below.
  3. Select your certification testing level, add the test to your cart, and proceed to checkout.
  4. Your test will be graded within 7 days by a professional photographer. You will be notified with results via email.

Basic Certification

Certified Better Photographer

Certification Portfolio Fulfillment

Final Exam Image Submission

Student's portfolio will consist of 20 images as outlined in the following categories, demonstrating the studentís comprehension and application of elements included in the Basic Courses curriculum.

For each image, include the following:

  • Title noting which technique/concept the picture depicts.
  • Description including the technical data (f/stop, shutter speed, ISO), plus any other facts/comments that you would like to share about the photo.
Note: Photos submitted for this exam can be previously shot ones (i.e., from your gallery, from classes, etc.), or new images at your discretion.
  1. Composition: (2 photos) Include two images demonstrating an understanding of composition using the "Rule of Thirds".
  2. Lighting: (3 photos) Include one photo each, exhibiting front lighting, side lighting, and backlighting principles. (Can be natural light, or studio lighting, indoor or outdoor)
  3. Exposure: (2 photos) Submit one image demonstrating blurred motion, and one image demonstrating stop ("frozen") motion.
  4. Lighting: (2 photo) Include two images taken in an interior setting. Note: At least one photo must have been shot with available light (no flash).
  5. Exposure: (1 photo) Present one photo shot outdoors at dawn or dusk.
  6. Point of View or Perspective: (3 photos) Submit one photo each demonstrating the following: Low angle view (i.e., shooting low subject -such as flowers, child, or pet - while you are lying down, kneeling or sitting), high angle view (looking down at subject or scene), and low angle (looking upward).
  7. Composition: (2 photos) Present one photo each, demonstrating effective vertical composition and horizontal composition.
  8. Elective: (5 photos) Include five additional images you feel represent techniques you have learned in the Basic curriculum of courses

Advanced Certification

Advacned Certified Better Photographer

Advanced Certification Portfolio Fulfillment

Final Exam Image Submission

Student's portfolio will consist of a compendium of 20 images as outlined in the following categories, demonstrating the studentís comprehension and application of elements included in the Masters Courses curriculum.

For each image, include the following:

  • Title noting which technique/concept the picture depicts.
  • Description including the technical data (f/stop, shutter speed, ISO), plus any other facts/comments that you would like to share about the photo.
Note: Photos submitted for this exam can be previously shot ones (i.e., from your gallery, from classes, etc.), or new images at your discretion.
  1. Composition: (2 photos) Submit two photos exhibiting the use of lines as a major graphic-design element, demonstrating proficient compositional technique.
  2. Depth of Field: (2 photos) Include one image demonstrating shallow depth of field (selective focus) and a second image demonstrating overall depth of field (sharp foreground and background).
  3. Exposure: (2 photos) Submit two photos demonstrating the need for exposure compensation - one image with either very dark or very light tones that would have influenced the cameraís meter, and a second photo in which thereís the creative use of light and shadow (i.e., such as a scene in which either a shadow or a silhouette is the pictureís main subject).
  4. Design Elements: (3 photos) Submit three photos composed with strong graphic design elements, such as pattern, shape, symmetry, and/or texture.
  5. Lighting: (3 photos) Demonstrate the effective use of soft lighting, such as images taken in shade, on an overcast day, or at dawn or dusk.
  6. Storytelling: (4 photos) Present four images in a series, comprising a central subject or scene with different compositions, angles, and/or lighting to convey a story theme.
  7. Elective: (4 photos) Include five additional images you feel represent techniques you have learned in the Intermediate curriculum of courses.

Master Certification

Master Certified Better Photographer

Master Certification Portfolio Fulfillment

Final Exam Image Submission

Student's portfolio will consist of a compendium of 20 images as outlined in the following categories, demonstrating the studentís comprehension and application of elements included in the Masters Courses curriculum.

For each image, include the following:

  • Title noting which technique/concept the picture depicts.
  • Description including the technical data (f/stop, shutter speed, ISO), plus any other facts/comments that you would like to share about the photo.
Note: Photos submitted for this exam can be previously shot ones (i.e., from your gallery, from classes, etc.), or new images at your discretion.
  1. Panning: (2 photos) Submit two images demonstrating panning during exposure, creating artistic/unique composition.
  2. Timed Exposure: (2 photos) Submit 2 photos at twilight or at night demonstrating timed exposure technique (i.e., available light - no flash!).
  3. Stock Composition: (3 photos) Include three images composed using stock photography concepts. These can represent any subject, including those outlined in the Stock course (such as travel, love, workplace, business, environment, and others).
  4. Wide-Angle Composition: (2 photos) Submit two photos demonstrating the creative use of a wide-angle focal length: one wide-angle composition in a vertical format, and a second one in a horizontal format. For each image, you must have a close foreground subject.
  5. Landscape or Cityscape: (2 photos) Submit two photos showing a deep depth of field (sharp from foreground to background). These can be either landscapes or cityscapes, or one of each.
  6. Color: (2 photos) Submit two photos demonstrating effective use of bold, bright color(s) as a primary element in the image.
  7. Telephoto Composition: (2 photos) Submit two photos, exhibiting the following use of telephoto focal length: one photo in which you zoomed in close on a subject, and one photo that compresses distant objects (giving the appearance that distant subjects are closer together than they really are).
  8. Photo Essay: (5 photos) Prepare an in-depth study of a subject, by creating a five-image photo essay exploring the subject from different perspectives and interpretations.

* Courses and instructors subject to change without notice.

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