Skills photography


Professional Photographers

General Information

Examinees who pass the SSE Skills Test in Photography will be granted our Certificate of Professional Photographers.

The skills test asks the examinees to turn in a total of seven photographs in which five out of the seven photographs must carry the themes from the nine required categories listed below. Excluding the category of Creative Photography, photos submitted cannot be enhanced with special effects after the initial photo-taking; frame-cutting, margin modification, coloring, drawing, integrating, and image-manipulation are totally not allowed.

Two of the elective photographs are not limited by categories and themes (they can be identical to required photographs) and special alteration and effects are permitted.

The work is graded based on the techniques, composition, aestheticism, originality, expressions and diversity. Each photograph will be graded by three professional judges and the passing photograph requires the approval of at least two judges. Five out of seven approved photographs is the passing grade and the certification is granted.

There is a zero-tolerance policy for fraudulent use of others' photographs. If any fraudulent evidence is found, the submitter's eligibility will be revoked, plus possible future liability.

Silicon Stone, Inc. reserves the right to publish in various formats without bestowing the royalties of the photographs.

Examination Content

  • Scenery - Portraying the beauty of nature in a unique way plus special lighting effects.
  • Night scenes or twilight - Demonstrate night scenes or twilight shots using human figures or scenery.
  • Portrait - Exhibit the personality and the emotions of human figures.
  • Commodity photography - Exhibit textures and characteristics of still life or its commercial value.
  • Natural ecology photography - Present ecology in narrative style (animals, fowls, insects, and plants), or the interrelationships of ecology and the environment.
  • Sports photography - Demonstrate utilizing idling speed and high speed shutters to attain the picture of kinetic effects.
  • Documentary photography or humanities photography - Express the elements of social news or documentary in the narrative aspects to demonstrate the capacity of catching an instant moment.
  • Black-and-white photography - Express vision through black and white images.
  • Artistic creation - Use original and innovative integration or special effects with either black-and-white or color images.

Examination Date and Registration

Please consult your national distributor.

Certificate Sample

Skills photography


  • Themes of photographs:
  • Work inspiration (150 words or less)
  • Model of camera:
  • ISO:
  • Aperture:
  • Shutter:
  • Focal length:

Examination Time

60 minutes