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Old 24-09-2007, 16:07   #1 (permalink)
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Ive been ferreting about the internet looking at all the orgs there are in relation to photography, however some Im not so sure about, and some are down right expensive!

British institute seems to offer a leg up membership which on the face of it doesnt look bad, but then there are some like Equine Photographers Network which has hardly any pics on it and is american but still wants *** knows how much to be a member.

When looking at places to take on my pictures there are quite a few who seem to want people to be members of this that and the other as they think it gives some sort of guarantee?

Can anyone recommend any worth joining that dont need a secong mortgage?

Ok the logo looks good on my site but i mgiht aswell make up my own if it does nothing more than just that.
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Old 24-09-2007, 16:23   #2 (permalink)
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Id join the "BSOHK" just send me a chq or postal order for 200.00 a year and you too can be a member of "Baggies school of hard knocks"
On a more serious note, some of them are very expensive to join and the only one I would consider is the nuj but then I left them for trying to be smarta####. Your photography should speak for itself and you do not need to have an affiliation to 1 or god knows how many different organisations to say that you are good at what you do.
I usually upset people at this point so ill shut up but so what if you are a member of so an so, I can drink 20 pints of guinness and fall down!!!!!
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Old 24-09-2007, 16:52   #3 (permalink)
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pmsl , no I see where you are coming from entirely, it bugs me how outsiders see it as something better than those without. Just wondered if there were any worth joining lol

Anyway I better get back to throwing my fish at balls
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Old 24-09-2007, 16:55   #4 (permalink)
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Gary is right. Pro organisations (and non-pro i.e. RPS) tantalise the newcomer with hope and dreams that their letters after your name will make a difference. As Gary says, in the real world of pro photography clients don't give a pony about letters but about results. If you can deliver the quality, on time and in budget, letters after your name are just an expensive ego trip.

I talk from experience since I, like many others, have a string of letters gained over the years that I never even mention to anyone. In fact, I'd be embarrassed to mention them since it simply makes you sound like a ponce!

Design your own logo and flaunt it all over your website, it will impress the impressionable just as well.

Save your money and buy something nice for your better (OH? Oh Hell???) half to show how much you appreciate his sarcasm about your new career!

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FRPS used to mean something when it was about hand printing panels but these days it seems a lot easier. NUJ can be worth it but again the NUJ press pass is only a starting point for most events these days.
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We should make a Pixalo assosciation, and you can become famous and make lots of money!!!























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Old 25-09-2007, 22:44   #7 (permalink)
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Invoice is in the post Jack .......kerching
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Old 25-09-2007, 22:47   #8 (permalink)
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I did look in to the RPS stuff & thought it would make a good challenge.... but then I realised they wanted paying each year to keep the letters ...... don't think so ...... I'll stick with F.A

BTW, no offence meant to anyone with letters ..... it's just not for me
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I agree Dave, my sister-in-laws father is an RPS member and I was looking at joining, but I think paying 80.00 per year to keep the letters once you've got them is a bit much. Money was better spent on upgrading my website.
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