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Jun 16, 2006 06:45 |  #1

HELP!
I've been asked to put together a portfolio of my work, but have no idea where to start and what to do...
Can anyone help please?!

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Jun 16, 2006 09:42 |  #2

An on-line portfolio or a book portfolio?



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Jun 16, 2006 09:53 |  #3

I'm not sure if it's applicable but I have an idea how an architecture portfolio should look like at least.

At art stores, you have this clear sheets with folder for portfolio. I bought mine at Barnes and Noble that's pure leather. You can still smell it. Preferably, use black, it looks professional. It looks like a photo album but with a size of 8.5"x11" and up. At the front page, put your name, etc (personal infos) and it depends on how attractive you want to make. All of my works has a jet black background to have more attention of my work. You should at least have a minimum of 20 pages.

Best works should be at the first, middle and last pages. Those in between are the one that's 2nd to the best. Middle pages, try to mix them together. The reason is that some people don't have much time browsing one by one of your work. They only look at the 1st page, browse a little bit then go straight at at the last page.

Arrangement of your photographs (or how many per page) are depends on your liking and what type portfolio you are making.

Just some hints: Use the best paper available and use the "best" quality when printing. When there's a smudge, don't use it. When you see a finger print, don't use it. Make it as perfect as possible.

Another portfolio which is more expensive but very impressive is the magazine or book style. For the magazine style, one example is the "Architectural Digest". Book style looks like the typical photography books found at the book stores. Hardbound.

I hope it helps. Btw, if you know how to use PageMaker, that's a big plus.

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Jun 16, 2006 10:28 as a reply to  @ RTMiller's post |  #4

RTMiller wrote:
An on-line portfolio or a book portfolio?

A book portfolio :)


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Jun 16, 2006 10:30 as a reply to  @ Sophia's post |  #5

Sophia wrote:
I'm not sure if it's applicable but I have an idea how an architecture portfolio should look like at least.

At art stores, you have this clear sheets with folder for portfolio. I bought mine at Barnes and Noble that's pure leather. You can still smell it. Preferably, use black, it looks professional. It looks like a photo album but with a size of 8.5"x11" and up. At the front page, put your name, etc (personal infos) and it depends on how attractive you want to make. All of my works has a jet black background to have more attention of my work. You should at least have a minimum of 20 pages.

Best works should be at the first, middle and last pages. Those in between are the one that's 2nd to the best. Middle pages, try to mix them together. The reason is that some people don't have much time browsing one by one of your work. They only look at the 1st page, browse a little bit then go straight at at the last page.

Arrangement of your photographs (or how many per page) are depends on your liking and what type portfolio you are making.

Just some hints: Use the best paper available and use the "best" quality when printing. When there's a smudge, don't use it. When you see a finger print, don't use it. Make it as perfect as possible.

Another portfolio which is more expensive but very impressive is the magazine or book style. For the magazine style, one example is the "Architectural Digest". Book style looks like the typical photography books found at the book stores. Hardbound.

I hope it helps. Btw, if you know how to use PageMaker, that's a big plus.

--sophie

Thank you so much for that Sophie :)

I've not even heard of PageMaker, but I"ll go and have a look at it now.

One thing about the fingerprints - my hubby thinks I'm potty when I start yelling at him for touching my photos with his bare hands!
The white gloves.. the white gloves... LOL
I'll show him this post later ;)

Thanks again, :)


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Jun 16, 2006 10:45 as a reply to  @ Dragonfli Spirit's post |  #6

You can also use Harold Linton's "Portfolio Design". Widely used by Architecture students. I think it's kind a the same because I included pictures in my portfolio. Basically it teaches you the design, arrangements, contents and "do's" and "dont's" when making a portfolio.

Here's the link:

http://search.barnesan​dnoble.com …z=y&isbn=039373​0956&itm=1 (external link)

or just check it out at bookstores and see if it's really helpful.

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Jun 16, 2006 11:31 |  #7
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Check these portfolio books out:

http://www.itoya.com …_html/AP_Profes​sional.htm (external link)

They work well. Adorama sells both the 8.5x11 and 8x10 as well as other sizes.


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Jun 18, 2006 08:02 |  #8

Very useful. Am looking at doing the same and some great advice here.


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Jun 19, 2006 04:10 |  #9

I create an online book with software upload it and have the the printing service publish it and sent to my home and use this as my portfolio. I did this with the last wedding shoot. The software here of course is Aperture, but there is tons of software you can download and use.


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stick with a theme, rather than just your best random images. try to tailor it to your client. eventually you'll have muliple portfolios, one for weddings, portraiture, studio, landscape, food etc


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Jun 19, 2006 04:17 |  #12

Thanks for that Andrew :)


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Jun 19, 2006 06:40 |  #13

Thanks Anthony & Corey.. :D


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