Importance of Press Credentials For a Press Photographer

Few things will be as important for your career as gaining press accreditation. As a visual journalist your press accreditation will open doors in every corner of your profession. You’ll gain discounts, respect, access to worldwide events, networking opportunities and a shiny pres card! For example, if you join one of the major associations, you’ll get a plate for your car that identifies you as press. Among the many benefits are the usage of press portals to publish varied editorial content: interviews, news, reports, reportages, photos, press releases, stories, tradeshow and event news, sports articles, professional articles, graphical material and so much more. Quite possible one of the most coveted items in a photographers toolkit, besides that expensive Pro Camera, is the press pass. The press pass is the one item that gets you into the concerts, events and parties where most of those news worthy photos you see in the magazines come from. To secure press credentials you’ll need a portfolio, ideally a web based one; a couple of forms, usually $100 or so to cover the annual membership and professional looking business cards. Now all this would we for one pass only, be mindful that you’ll need multiple press passes.

Indeed, press accreditation for a press photographer is a layered process. You’ll need several passes to be considered as a professional at the top of his field. To cover major news and make it into police guarded scenes, you’ll need a pass issued by the local municipal or state government. For press conferences usually you’ll gain a pass from the corporation by becoming a contractor or working for their PR agency. Even though some of these passes expire in about a year, is a good measure to keep them handy, because most of them carry legal status. That is, you’ll be recognized as a journalist (or visual journalist if you want to be specific), everywhere you go. There’s even more good news: you can get free parking privileges with your pass! Credentials allow you to request interviews of special event attendees (yes, even as a photographer!). Joining unions, agencies or getting a pass from the government gives you access to a nice group: the media. If you’re into that sort of thing, press accreditation allows you to participate in forums, protests, and panels that relate to the circle in with you obtained accreditation.

So if you have an opinion regarding the current affairs of the industry, you can make your voice hear. All and all, the importance of press credentials for press photographers cannot be overstated. Accreditation is by all means a necessary step in gaining the trust of your peers, customers and that of newsworthy individuals. The benefits far outweigh the associated costs, and most of the things you should do to get the passes are already part of the requirements for your profession. Note that some government issue passes carry with them special perks and legal recognition as pres. Shall you wish to launch an international career, just rinse and repeat for the major geographies and join a couple of international organizations. The world of media and free press can be complicated sometimes, but accreditation makes it easy for organizers to discriminate the wheat from the shaft and give you the treatment that as a professional photographer you deserve.