How To Build an Impressive Portfolio
As a budding photographer, a very important thing you must do if you wish to make a mark in the photography industry is to build a portfolio. To put it simply, a portfolio is a collection of work, in this case, a collection of your work as a photographer, where you can get to showcase your finest work.
But having an impressive showcase of photos in your portfolio is not enough. There is a certain approach in creating a portfolio that will let you stand out as a photographer, something we will detail below.
What is the portfolio for?
First things first, it is important to consider what the portfolio is for. Is it for a job interview, looking to get your work exhibited at a gallery? Maybe you just want to bring your work together to present it being a Wedding Photographer Manchester?
Whatever the reason, it is vital that you create your portfolio with the reason in mind. A job interview might require you to display a variety of skills and techniques, whereas a collection for an exhibition would require a single unifying theme and will need to be presented with the gallery setting in mind.
Think about your theme, if any
Once you’ve decided your intentions for your portfolio, you need to consider the audience and the theme you wish to convey in your portfolio, if any. Knowing beforehand of the intention of creating the portfolio would help you better get a good grasp of what theme would best work for your portfolio, eliciting reaction you hope to see when they see the photos.
Paper or digital?
You also need to decide what format to use which your portfolio will be presented in. In the past, everything was on paper, but technology has introduced the option of presenting your portfolio on a PDF, JPEGs or through a slideshow or other medium. The need for convenience and speedy delivery of data has made online portfolios, especially those being shared online, though some may prefer having a physical portfolio to look at, with those beautifully printed out photos and other designs.
Portfolio style and design
The next thing to consider is the style and design of your portfolio. Would the portfolio take the form of a scrapbook or another publication of sorts. If you will go for a printed portfolio, remember to use high quality photo paper for better results.
Choosing the photos
The most difficult part of creating a portfolio is selecting the photos to include, depending on the theme and purpose that was determined earlier. There is always this huge temptation to just select your favorites, but a photographer isn’t always the best judge of their own work as he/she take into consideration the setting, effort and editing taken to create the shot. Try to seek a second opinion from others.
The presentation of the photos is important, especially to help gauge the viewer’s reaction. A badly presented collection of otherwise great photographs just won’t cut it anymore. Thus, it is important to carefully consider using unique presentation techniques, or enhance it with effects or other elements.
It’s also important to consider the order of the shots, whether they are arranged chronologically or to create a particular mood. When choosing a title image, don’t just choose your favourite. Try and select something that captures the essence of the collection.
Try not to be tempted to add more things like photos to your portfolio once it’s finished. You can always take better shots in the future, but for now, be proud of the work you have done so far not only with the photos but with the portfolio you have made as well.