Master Photographer Training Program: Testing Requirements

    Testing Steps
  1. Log into Profile (pancakes icon in the upper left), click on the "My Photos" tab > "Manage/Enter" link.
  2. If you have enough credits for the next level of certification, you will see "Get Certified" buttons under each photo. Select 20 photos for your 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.

Certified Photographer

Certified Better Photographer

Certified Photographer Portfolio Fulfillment

Final Exam Image Submission

Student's portfolio will consist of 20 images as outlined in the following categories, demonstrating the student's comprehension and application of beginning concepts and techniques.

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

Advacned Certified Better Photographer

Advanced Photographer 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 student's comprehension and application of advanced topics and techniques.

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 camera's meter, and a second photo in which there's the creative use of light and shadow (i.e., such as a scene in which either a shadow or a silhouette is the picture's 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 Photographer

Master Certified Better Photographer

Master Photographer 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 student's comprehension and application of elements at a mastery level.

For each image, include the following:

  • Title noting which technique/concept the picture depicts.
  • Description including the technical data (f/stop, shutter speed, ISO, lens focal length), 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. Wide-Angle Composition: (3 photos) Submit three 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.
  4. Landscape or Cityscape: (3 photos) Submit three photos showing a deep depth of field (sharp from foreground to background). These can be either landscapes or cityscapes, or one of each.
  5. Color: (2 photos) Submit two photos demonstrating effective use of bold, bright color(s) as a primary element in the image.
  6. Telephoto Composition: (3 photos) Submit three photos, exhibiting the following use of telephoto focal length: two photos in which you zoomed in close on a subject, and a third image that shows the telephoto perspective - compressing distant objects (to give the appearance that distant subjects are closer together than they really are).
  7. Photo Essay: (5 photos) Prepare an in-depth study of any scene or subject, by creating a five-image photo essay exploring the subject from different perspectives and interpretations.

Pro

Master Certified Better Photographer

Pro Photographer 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 student's comprehension and application of elements at a professional level.

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.

Note #2: Pro photographers and instructors strive to get their photos as good as possible - in the viewfinder - with little or no post-cropping. Also, when a tripod is needed for a stationary scene or to get a good depth of field, it should be used.

  1. Natural Light (4 photos): Choose from the following: early or late day, twilight, window light, etc. No flash. Let's avoid midday sunlight for broad landscapes (pro landscape shooters pretty much avoid middays on a sunny day). For portraits at midday (or anytime), shade, reflector or diffuser can be used.
  2. Artificial Light (3 photos): Use of flash (full or fill), and/or studio lighting. You can also include a nighttime scene with available light (artificial).
  3. Creative Composition (4 photos): Photos demonstrating the creative use of wide-angle and telephoto focal lengths. Please include a close-up or two (portrait, still life, etc. - need not be macro). Also, if you have a good sequence of the same subject shot vertically and horizontally, this would be a good place to include them.
  4. Pro Shots (4 photos): Choose from either of the following: a) Prepare a four-photo study of a subject (portrait, landscape, cityscape, whatever) with different perspectives and interpretations; or b) Include four images composed using stock photography concepts - these can represent any theme (such as travel, love, workplace, business, environment, and others).
  5. Elective (5 photos): These photos can demonstrate any subject or shooting technique, and if you wish, can include creative Photoshop images. If you shoot HDR, here's the place to include them. So, for this Elective option, anything goes!

Assistant Instructor

Master Certified Better Photographer

Assistant Instructor Photographer 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 student's comprehension and application of elements at a mastery level.

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.
  • For this Assistant Instructor level, be sure to include extra information for instructional purposes - i.e., how you shot the scene and/or your shooting thoughts/goals, any unusual shooting or processing issues, etc.
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.

Note #2: Pro photographers and instructors strive to get their photos as good as possible - in the viewfinder - with little or no post-cropping. Also, when a tripod is needed for a stationary scene or to get a good depth of field, it should be used.

  1. Before & After Sequences (6 sets for a total of 12 images): For teaching purposes, it's important to show "before" and "after" sequences to demonstrate different techniques or concepts. Examples: Natural light - i.e., the same scene captured in midday sunlight (before) and at sunset (after), or a subject shot at high noon in contrasty sunlight (before) and in soft light (shade or overcast). Or composition (broad or "busy" scene and then a tighter view). Or a portrait sequence (i.e., full-length shot and then a tight head-and-shoulders image). Also, for up to a maximum of two sets, feel free to use creative Photoshop: one pic shot "straight" and the other image showing a plug-in/filter effect. Note: These are just examples to get you started - you may come up with your own sequences.
  2. Photo Essay (4 photos): Prepare an in-depth study of a subject, by creating a four-image photo essay exploring the subject from different perspectives and interpretations.
  3. Elective (4 photos): These images can demonstrate any subject or shooting technique. If you shoot HDR, here's the place to include them (note: If you submit an HDR pic, just include the "after" image, but be sure to label it as an HDR image). So, for this Elective option, anything goes!

Master Pro / Master Instructor

Master Certified Better Photographer

Master Pro/Instructor Photographer 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 student's comprehension and application of elements at a mastery level.

For each image, include the following:

  • Title noting which technique/concept the picture depicts.
  • Description including the technical data (f/stop, shutter speed, ISO, lens focal length), plus any other facts/comments that you would like to share about the photo.
  • Important: If your goal is to be an instructor, be sure to include extra information for instructional purposes - i.e., how you shot the scene and/or your shooting thoughts/goals, any unusual shooting or processing issues, etc.
Note #1: Photos submitted for this exam can be previously shot ones (i.e., from your gallery, from classes, etc.), or new images at your discretion.

Note #2: Pro photographers and instructors strive to get their photos as good as possible - in the viewfinder - without post-cropping. Also, when a tripod is needed for a stationary scene or to get a good depth of field, it should be used.


For this Master level program, choose from either of the following options:

OPTION #1: If you're going for Master Pro...

  1. Pro Shots (4 photos): Choose from either of the following: a) Prepare a four-photo study of a subject (portrait, landscape, cityscape, whatever) with different perspectives and interpretations; or b) Include four images composed using stock photography concepts - these can represent any theme (such as travel, love, workplace, business, environment, and others).

  2. Portfolio (16 photos): This is a portfolio of what you consider your best work. These images can demonstrate any subject or shooting technique, and if you wish, you can include up to 8 (maximum) creative Photoshop images among the 16 total photos.
Or...

OPTION #2: If you are going for Master Instructor...

  1. Before & After Sequences (5 sets for a total of 10 images): For teaching purposes, it's important to show "before" and "after" sequences to demonstrate different techniques or concepts. At least three sets must be related to "straight" photography. The fourth set can involve either photography or creative Photoshop (for the latter, one pic shot "straight" and the other image showing the use of a plug-in effect).

  2. Portfolio (10 photos): This is a portfolio of what you consider your very best work. These images can demonstrate any subject or shooting technique, and if you wish, you can include up to 5 (maximum) creative Photoshop images among the 10 total photos.

* Courses and instructors subject to change without notice.