APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A 150 IMAGE PORTFOLIO OF WORK THAT IS CRITIQUED ON SEVEN CATEGORIES. DEPENDING ON THE APPLICATION LEVEL (BASIC, PERSONALIZED, OR ADVANCED), THE APPLICANT'S PORTFOLIO IS REVIEWED BY 1-3 PANELISTS, INCLUDING THE CLICK PRO DIRECTOR. AN OVERALL AVERAGE OF 32+ POINTS (OUT OF A POSSIBLE 42) IS REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION.
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We believe the best photographers
excel at both the
HEAD and the HEART
of photography. They know how to use technical knowledge to elicit an emotional response.
Exposure and light go hand-in-hand so you will need to have a firm understanding of how you are using light in order to estimate your possible scores in this category. If your exposure is consistently good using simple lighting situations (like soft frontal light or flat light), but you have blown highlights or other exposure issues in challenging light, you will be scored at 4.
To receive a score of 5, your exposure must be excellent on virtually every image including those made in challenging light (backlight, side light, etc.).
A score of 6 comes when exposure is excellent in all lighting conditions. In addition, aperture, shutter speed, and/or ISO are used for artistic effect. In other words, your exposure becomes part of the narrative and contributes to the story of the image
The very best image makers learn to use light in a way that is masterful and compelling, often making the light a seamless part of the overall story. Light, while judged on its own for the purposes of the evaluation does, in fact, influence the other categories. Reflected light, for example, can impact accurate color balance while different lighting conditions affect the exposure triangle.
Do your subjects have catchlights in their eyes? Do you showcase a variety of lighting and only occasionally use flat light? If so, you will receive a score of 4 in this category.
To achieve a 5 requires a combination of both technical and creative skills. Your images have contrast and depth and your subjects are consistently well lit (technical). Light should also
contribute to story or mood often (creative).
An exceptional score (6) goes to the photographer who uses light in a remarkably beautiful way. There is depth and dimension in every image and light is used effectively to contribute to the mood or narrative of each photograph. In other words, light becomes as much as part of the story as the subjects.
Use of Light
As you examine your set with color and white balance in mind, be sure to consider how other elements may be affecting your score. Often color and white balance are impacted, both negatively and positively, by processing decisions. If you are noticing issues, take a look at those processing choices to see if that is where the problem lies then re-edit to ensure your color and white balance is accurate.
A consistent, yet global white balance and/or skin tone issue such as (slightly warm or cool) coupled with occasional issues with things like reflected color and shadow undertones will get you a score of 4.
To achieve a score of 5, skin tones should be accurate most of the time, but if there are inconsistencies they shouldn’t detract from the integrity of the image. Color and white balance is accurate the majority of the time and any mixed light or reflected color is managed well.
**You are not required to have any colored images within your set.
While some categories require that you pay attention to your camera settings, this category requires that you pay attention to everything in the frame. Every detail in a well composed image is intentional, from where you place the light source to where you place your subject, to what else is in the frame. Nothing is accidentally cut out, or included. How you pose your subjects is also important. Not only must the pose be flattering, your subject should look comfortable and relaxed.
Do you consistently use the rule of thirds, and are you starting to use the triangle in your compositions? Is your posing usually well thought out? If you answered yes to these questions and there are very few careless limb chops or awkward chops in your images, you will score a 4 in this category.
The highest score in this category is awarded when the maker demonstrates the powerful use of design elements and compositional devices, as well as outstanding balance within the frame. The composition clearly enhances the mood or story and when compositional rules are broken, they are done so deliberately and effectively.
Whether your image is almost perfect in-camera or you are using processing to help remedy an error or two, how you choose to finish your image is a very important final step in the image making process. And while sometimes presets can truly be one-click-wonders, it is rare to have a preset work for every image in every lighting scenario without any need for adjustments. One of the defining markers of a Click Pro is the ability to use editing software, including presets, as a way to strengthen an image — the artist defines the outcome of the image, not a preset, action, or trick.
When your set is filled with flawless, remarkably beautiful processing that contributes to your overall style and vision, you will receive an exceptional score. In these sets, the processing is so well done it is almost not noticeable to the viewer, it fades away and supports the overall story and mood.
Processing + Cohesion
Obviously, focus and depth of field are important elements in every image. Focus directs the viewer’s eye and helps share the photographer’s vision. Depth of field (your aperture) is an equally
important skill to master as it also contributes to the story and mood, and controls the depth or intimacy of an image.
You will be assessed a score of 4 if your set demonstrates the following: focus is frequently accurate. In addition, depth of field may occasionally be insufficient to keep details in focus, or it may not effectively isolate your subject. In other words, your depth of field selection is occasionally discordant with the story you are telling.
Perhaps your focus is consistently accurate and there is some use of creative (de)focus in your images. If so, you have met the criteria for a score of 5.
Does each image demonstrate perfect focus, sharpness and clarity? Is there an appropriate and varying depth of field from image to image? Are focus and depth of field used as an element of storytelling? If you answered yes to each of these, your image set is in the exceptional category.
A technically well executed image is nice to look at, but an image that is technically and creatively excellent is something infinitely more incredible. When the photographer’s vision shines through, it elevates an image from ordinary to extraordinary. This category evaluates the intangibles that go into making a portfolio stand out. Have a friend help you evaluate your images in this category. You know what story you want to tell but your viewer does not. Having someone else let you know what they think you are saying will help you learn if you are effectively communicating your vision.
A set that receives a score of 4 will be filled with images that are generally creative and thoughtful, but lack a consistent style. There may also be some creative experimentation which is interesting, but also discordant to the rest of the set.
If your images demonstrate a clear vision, purpose and style but do not consistently elicit an emotional response, your set will receive a score of 5.
The highest score is reserved for those whose style is distinctly identifiable as belonging to that photographer. The work cannot be mistaken for that of another image maker. Images elicit an emotional response, inspire and captivate the viewer.
WHAT IS THE BASIS FOR THE PORTFOLIO EVALUATION?
Our Standards were create along with Click Pro in 2010, evolving into what we have today. Applicants are required to submit a 150 image portfolio of work that is critiqued in seven categories. Depending on the application level (Basic, Personalized, or Advanced), the applicant's portfolio is reviewed by 1-3 panelists, including the Click Pro Director, Courtney Larson. An overall average of 32+ points (out of a possible 42) is required for admission.
HOW SHOULD I ORGANIZE MY PORTFOLIO?
Applicants are required to show us 150 images with little restrictions on the HOW. You may submit your website or use another program such as Flickr, Pixiset, Shootproof, etc.
**NOTE: We require Advanced applicants submit their sets via Flickr with images numbered 1-150. This is our preferred method and helps us to personally identify images when giving feedback.
WHAT IS THE YEARLY MEMBERSHIP FEE?
Prospective Click Pros pay a non-refundable application fee. Membership fees are $150 per year.
WHAT KIND OF IMAGES SHOULD I INCLUDE?
Your portfolio should represent the best of what you do as a photographer. As such, we don’t have any requirements surrounding the genres you work in or the techniques you demonstrate. Some of our pros shoot senior portrait sessions, while others focus on personal documentary work, and still others are fine art or landscape specialists. Similarly, some shoot only film, while others shoot exclusively in black & white. Show us who YOU are as an artist, whatever that means to you.
I APPLIED AND WAS DENIED. HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE APPLYING AGAIN?
We do not have any restrictions on how long you must wait before applying again. We encourage you to look at the feedback you received and submit again when you feel confident in your work.
I USED TO BE A CLICK PRO BUT LET MY MEMBERSHIP EXPIRE. DO I HAVE TO APPLY AGAIN?
No, you do not!
Email the Director, email@example.com to get instructions on how to rejoin.
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IS CLICK PRO ONLY FOR WOMEN?
Anyone is invited to join, though our current mission is the advancement of women within the photography industry and we are actively pursuing change through creativity, community, and conversations.