Do you know what a portfolio is?
Do you have a portfolio?
If you answered – Yes, but just one ….,
You may not understand portfolios
Regardless, follow along
While we explore the world of portfolios
Reflections in Blue & Gold
This might be an image in a portfolio
Whose theme is Outdoors>>Nature>>Water>>Reflections
The theme should be focused; not just outdoors or nature
Photography Portfolio definition-
1. A body of an artist’s work having a single theme, and
2. A consistent quality
You can find other definitions, but this one is common
Unless all of your work has the same subject and theme
B&W Portraits, Red Roses, Water reflections, …..
You normally shouldn’t have just one portfolio
If you mix image quality – both wall hangers and snapshots
The overall impression will be “snapshots”
Your work will be judged by the worst, not best, images
Dragged down to its lowest level
Creating a portfolio has several challenges.
The most difficult IMO is selection of the images to be included
This process is called editing
(not to be confused with post-processing)
Consider a National Geographic magazine photo editor
Who might be given 10,000+ images from a shoot, and
Must choose a dozen or so for the article
That’s your challenge ….
Additional posts in this series examine other aspects of portfolios –
The artist’s statement, what & why
Portfolio type (print, digital, ?)
Portfolio size (we’re talking 10-20 images, not 100’s)
Putting it all together
These posts can be found on my Photography Improvement site:
Type portfolio in the site’s search box