I have a buddy who works for the Licensing and Certification Board of Licenses and Certifications and he has slipped me a working paper on the upcoming change to the way Photographers and “TOGS” will be licensed and certified.

I will be sharing more as we comb through the 1456 page certification of photographers study and proposed bill to hit the House sometime in April.

Ten Questions Sure To Be On The “Professional License Certification For Licensed and Certified Professional Photographers Test for Certified Licensing”

1. What is the correct exposure for a bride facing west on a late summer day? (Note that the bride is younger than 30, and the dress was an off-the-rack sale item.)

a. f4
b. f11
c. f6.3

2. You need to take an environmental portrait of a family in the woods. Which lens is appropriate?
a. 35mm
b. 85mm
c. 135mm

3. True or False: Corporate Headshots should always be done with a speedlight and a shoot thru umbrella.

4. Explain the inverse square law and how it affects the exposure when shooting above the 40th parallel with a flash made before 1987. Be brief, give examples.

5. Explain the difference between “off camera flash” and the older, less popular term “lighting”. Please be exact.

6. Nikon or Canon? (Circle the correct answer)

7. How many images does a professional photographer make at a wedding?
a. 300-500
b. 500 – 1000
c. 1000 – 2000
d. Spray and pray, cards are cheap!

8. When photographing drunk partiers doing the Macarena for the fifteenth time, is it best to;
a. Shoot from a low angle
b. Stand on a chair in the middle of the dancers and shoot a couple hundred frames
c. Sit silently on the sidelines complaining about sore feet and wishing for a quick and silent death
d. None of the above, they’re drunk and no one gives a rats ass about you anyway

9. Scenario 1 (Essay Question)
You are called by a close friend with a request to shoot his sister’s wedding. The sister, a neuro-surgeon is marrying a very successful Wall Street Investment Banker in a small, intimate wedding (less than 1200 guests). There will be 14 Bridesmaids, and a special chariot being designed by Boeing that will fly the couple in to the Caribbean Island venue. Your friend has three questions for you:

a. What lens would you use for the landing of the “Chariot of Love”?
b. Would it be better in black and white?
c. Can you keep your fee under $578 as the couple is on a budget?

10. Scenario 2 (Essay Question)
You have completed a small wedding in NYC. It was a simple affair with wonderful natural light spilling in from large windows and a white dance floor. Explain in detail which Photoshop actions you will use to “enhance” the feeling of “mellow” light while keeping an overall tone of modernity with a touch of elegance? Explain why you chose that action and discuss any changes you would make to the final image to bring it more panache, charm and neo-classical affectation. )Please include a step by step processing flow and indicate new layers in blue.)

More to come.

[EDIT: This just in:

27. When caught cutting and pasting other people’s images into your website or blog post is it best to:
a. Fess up. Honesty is always the best policy AFTER you are caught being, well, dishonest.
b. Blame it on your “web guy”, intern, admin assistant who are expendable little people who are not ‘creatives’ sort of smell bad anyway.
c. Ignore it and tweet that stealing images makes your heart hurt really a lot.
d. Fk ’em, it was in the internet, so it’s free.

We feel that number 27 is a trick question.