zim said:That's how I feel about exams and qualifications for any of the 'arts' delusional and meaningless.
.... And camera clubs
Mostly true. My wife skipped grad school for a music comp degree because she didn't want to become a copy of whoever she studied under. However, she needed the foundation of undergrad school to master the theory.
I steer clear of any of "club" based on some hierarchy of greatness. I look for a community of practice where all members have an equal and valid point of view, even if they are trumpet playing Nikon users