I was thrilled to pass my assessment for the LRPS – the first of the RPS distinctions. Here are a few words on the experience and tips for future applicants. Once you have decided to give it a go book your date as soon as you can as the assement day booked up really quickly. Now the hard part begins. Choosing the photos. Lots of help and advice is available from experienced members of the club. The RPS web site has an interactive guide which is very useful. Once I had selected my potential photos. I wrote a list of all the assessment criteria and then checked each photo against the list. This helped me to move away from emotional judgment of my photos and use ones which illustrated that I had the skills that the judges were looking for.
On the day itself I went down to Bath. I would recommend getting there early so you can bag a seat at the front. This should enable you to listen to what the judges are saying whilst reviewing the photos. I submitted projected images rather than prints. This meant that I did not have to worry so much about the presentation of the panel. However you do have to make sure that your colours will viewed OK.
The pass rate of the other panels that were presented was about 50%. It seems to me that the judges like to see variety in your choice of images. The least successful pictures were the landscapes. Many were dull or had been over processed. Another comment made was that the black and white should have a reason to be black and white and not just de-saturated colour photos. I chose to show pictures which all had people in them. I presented them in diminishing size. My only picture which had no person in it was the peeking camel. This was used to inject humour – a form of personal input.
All in all, the day was great fun. In hindsight I would have gone to observe assessment prior to mine so that prior knowledge of the experience. Having said researching via flickr and other websites allowed me to look at many successful panels and compare mine against them.
I would like to thanks OPS for helping me, especially Helen and Bharat..