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This is a guest post by Stephan Bollinger – www.stephanbollinger.com Follow him on G+: plus.google.com/+StephanBollinger My previous article about the advantages of portfolio reviews has created a very interesting discussion. The question was raised “Why would I need a portfolio, I’m not a pro”, and even more intriguing “what exactly is a portfolio”. To clarify a few things, first let me […]

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A good portfolio is a personal statement about a photographer.  As such, there are no one-size fits all approach that will work for each individual.  The best advice is to look at other people’s portfolios.  There is a wealth of online portfolios you can find on the Internet. The key step here is to start […]

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This is a guest post by Stephan Bollinger – http://www.stephanbollinger.com Follow him on G+: plus.google.com/+StephanBollinger It’s not easy to select the best (most impactful, appealing, selling, effective) images for your own portfolio, and it is an even tougher call to throw some of your most beloved images out. To clarify: With “editing” I talk about the […]

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Judging your own work – I think it’s one of the hardest things to do. That’s why I usually use a portfolio consultant (typically someone with a great deal of experience as a photo editor for a magazine or book publisher) to help me do my selects. But what if you don’t have access to […]

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This post was inspired by something I wrote in 2009. Photographers are always trying to improve their portfolio. Here are a dozen ways to make pictures that are guaranteed to improve your portfolio. 1. Photograph the same object over all four seasons or a certain period of time and document it’s change and the changes […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter Once upon a time, the laminated print portfolio was de rigeur for photographers. These slick presentations cost a lot of money […]

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When you look at a photographer’s portfolio, it’s pretty easy to expect that the first image you will see will be great. Astute photographers know that they should lead with their best shot. But here’s a secret. Anyone can come up with one lucky shot. How about that seventh shot? Is that as good as […]

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Guest Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter You know how it goes: The Art Director says, “I know you can photograph right-handed baseball players but can you photograph left-handed ones?” An unfortunate reality of the photography business is that you have to constantly prove to potential buyers that you can […]

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NOTE: This is a guest post by Ray Carcases – http://www.lisacarcases.com – Follow Ray on Twitter UPDATE: According to this link http://brettmaxwellphoto.com/ipadsortorder/ you can indeed sort iPad images if you use Windows. Warning: This post is really for other photographers who want to use the iPad but want to have some type of method to […]

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It’s right up there with “What camera should I buy?” People constantly ask me questions about their portfolio. How many images? What sort of pictures? What type of presentation? Unfortunately, there’s no EASY button to press that will yield you the perfect portfolio. You may actually have to put some thought into it :) Here […]

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(Photo is Copyright Nicole S. Young – All Rights Reserved) Post by Nicole Young – Follow Nicole on Twitter Every photographer takes bad photos. Even the big-time pros don’t get every shot perfectly composed, lit, and in-focus; it usually takes a few bad shots to get one good photo. The thing to understand is that […]

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1. Photograph something unique; something you’ve never photographed before. 2. Photograph something inspirational; something that makes you want to do better, be better or hope for better. 3. Photograph something that makes you smile; it will probably make someone else smile too. 4. Photograph something controversial; if it’s controversial, it will cause people to react. […]

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A future senior :) I got an email from an old student – well she is not old – but she studied with me a while ago. She now runs a successful portrait business and is getting ready to create a display of her work with high school seniors in her new studio. She wanted […]

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Since purchasing my iPhone the day it launched, I’ve shown my portfolio to more people than I did the ten years before that date. It’s amazing to me how much this has changed the way I show my work. In the old days, I’d spend literally hundreds of dollars (those are old days dollars mind […]

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