Certified Professional Photographer certification was another step along the way to becoming a better and better photographer. Colby feels one should hone their craft no matter how long they have been in the industry. Creativity becomes stronger through use. Skill is refined by exercise and development. The photography industry is typically self-taught and is generally characterized as swiss cheese: When you start there are lots of holes in your knowledge. With experience as well as studying you can fill more and more of the holes.
Colby works hard to fill these holes. He worked hard to obtain his Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from Professional Photographers of American (PPA). He is already a certified photographer by the University of Tennessee for taking a bunch of classes. Colby is also certified by the Tennessee Professional Photographers Associations (TNPPA) for consistently succeeding in professional competitions. He was also certified by Adobe, the makers of Photoshop, for his knowledge of some of their software.
Of all his certifications, the Certified Professional Photographer was the most comprehensive and took the longest to earn. It is an intensive program that measures artistic as well as technical competence. It starts with a daunting written test that he passed years ago. The second part consists of following specific and detailed directions in creating a series of images. He never seemed to have the time to tackle this part. COVID slowed things done to allow him to focus on it.
Colby has taught photography at the University of Tennessee for about seven years. He also does presentations and workshops for professional as well as enthusiast groups. TNPPA has recently asked him to teach a CPP Test Prep for the written test for their 2020 annual fall convention. You can learn more about TNPPA and the class by clicking here.