I have finally gained the letters LRPS after my name. This stands for ‘Licentiate Of The RPS‘, and to put it mildly, I am quite stoked. To gain the Licentiate I had to submit 10 photos to be judged before a panel of experts, and if one photo is blackballed, you fail.
Before my photos were presented to the panel, I submitted my images for critique. Much of the advice related to sharpening and lightening parts of the image. Additional advice included cloning out distractions and fixing blown highlights. Major cloning is not my cup of tea, so when faced with that option, I chose an alternative photo. However, the final images were often manipulated too much to be considered as documentary work, possibly pushing them into the boundaries of fine art.
Here are the final photos 10 that made the cut (number 1 is posted above). You have seen them all before, just not quite as cleaned up as they are now. As ever, feel free to comment.
Hopefully this will give you some idea of what it takes to gain the distinction of LRPS. I now have to move to the second stage, gaining an Associate of the LRPS. Each picture took well over an hour of post processing before it was completed.
I really do hope that this inspires some of my readers to join the Royal Photography Society. Gaining LRPS was stressful at times, but it was certainly an education. Why not give it a go?
Take care and keep clicking,