The IMP Test
Some believe that all you need to be a great photographer is great opportunities, good luck and talent (and a camera of course). But opportunities, like luck, come when you make them. Talent is a myth. There is nothing in your genes that says ‘great photographer’ – you’re not born with a photographer’s eye. What great photography demands is perseverance and a willingness to learn the skills of the job – not just ‘camera craft’ but how to use the camera to deliver what you want.
The IMP Test (short for Intuitive Mastery of Photography Test) helps you along the way. It tells you how far you are along the road to complete mastery of the photographic art. With the book The Master Photographer to hand you will soon be able to focus your development on the issues that matter. All you have to do is find great subjects to photograph.
The test is simple: it will ask you to assess, given just 3 seconds’ viewing time, the quality of each of 20 images on a scale of zero to 100. Once completed, you will then be asked to rate each image – taking as long as you like – against 10 areas of photographic expertise. A few other questions and you’re done. Within two working days you will have the results back, stating:
- The depth of skill you possess under each of the 10 constructs.
- The extent to which those skills are accessible to your non-conscious intuitive judgement.
- How well you are putting your skills together in the crucial moment when you click the shutter.
- How well your photographic judgement compares with the consensus judgement of all those who have taken the test to date.
- Your priority skills for development – correct ordering of the intensive practice recommended in the book is very important.
- Priority suggestions for organising and developing your practice.
What’s more, the test is free. It’s totally confidential but we ask your permission to use your data in our ongoing research. It will not be sold on and we only ask for the minimum of personal information (age, gender, highest qualifications, photographic qualifications held and so on). If you take the included Rational-Experiential Inventory you can measure your own preference for rational versus intuitive thinking and if you share that with us we can tell you those genres that people like you tend to pursue.
So, if you would like to take the test, click on the link and download the materials.