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Jan 24, 2008 11:16 |  #1

Looking for ideas for print portfolios. I am wondering what photographers are using to show off their work to clients, BESIDES a web/virtual portfolio. :)


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Jan 24, 2008 18:52 |  #2

I use a book of my images that I had printed (you can do these at a multitude of places including shutterfly, blurb, windflash, etc). I'm thinking of switching to a contract/portfolio all-in-one as Jon from Slantphoto posted in the forums... I'm waiting for him to send me a sample.


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Jan 25, 2008 10:58 |  #3

canuck88 wrote in post #4775996 (external link)
I use a book of my images that I had printed (you can do these at a multitude of places including shutterfly, blurb, windflash, etc). I'm thinking of switching to a contract/portfolio all-in-one as Jon from Slantphoto posted in the forums... I'm waiting for him to send me a sample.

Thanks for your reply!

Frankly, I'm somewhat scared here. I've gotten one reply on a topic that I would imagine is fairly important to anyone who has a business in photography. :oops:


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Jan 25, 2008 11:11 |  #4

While my portfolio is more art based (and therefore I use a 13 x 19 portfolio with sleeves, so I can re-order as needed), as a creative director I got a lot of portfolio books from professionals. The nicest ones came in aluminum boxes and were spiral bound or loose leaf (believe it or not I love loose leaf prints in a box - easy to spread out, sort through); below that came the professional Blurb.com-level actual books. Below that came the spiral-bound inkjet prints (we actually loved these because it sold the work and the prints were awesome, less focus on the packaging). Below that came the Shutterfly-esque printed books.

That's just my opinion, though. I think the long and the short of it is that there are a ton of form factors to choose from and at the end of the day it's the quality of the prints that matter more. Nice packaging does infer some thinking in terms of marketing, self-promotion, and self-branding, which is nice to have but very, very secondary to the work itself.

Many pro art buyers do not like to solely rely on Web sites, but I've got no problem hiring directly from the web before as long as the images shown are at a hefty size. But I'm new school like that. :)

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Jan 25, 2008 13:09 |  #5

I use a TAP self stick album. I got the 10 pages/20 sides one and just started putting my pics in it. The only problem with that type of album is once they are stuck, they are stuck and there is no taking one out and replacing it. Now that I have filled it, I am a little pissed at myself as I don't have any baby pics in this one. I now figure that I will get another one that is 5 pages/10 sides for just baby pics. Hope this helps. Mark


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Jan 26, 2008 20:16 |  #6

I have about a half-dozen 11x14 portfolios. These are leather cases which open on three sides with a zipper to become ring-bound books with removeable pages. I got most of them as gifts, but I've also bought a few from http://www.dickblick.c​om (external link), which is where I also get replacement pages. Here's an example:

http://www.dickblick.c​om/zz150/10/ (external link)

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Feb 23, 2008 15:27 as a reply to  @ StMarc's post |  #7

bump.

I am trying to figure out how to present images that I want to mail out to prospective clients, seeking work.

Like to hear what others do.

I also understand that portfolios, prints and books/photobooks are not considered commercial use but fall under the allowable or editorial use of photos [figures, events, sports, music, street, etc].


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Feb 23, 2008 15:29 |  #8

atomick wrote in post #4780511 (external link)
While my portfolio is more art based (and therefore I use a 13 x 19 portfolio with sleeves, so I can re-order as needed), as a creative director I got a lot of portfolio books from professionals. The nicest ones came in aluminum boxes and were spiral bound or loose leaf (believe it or not I love loose leaf prints in a box - easy to spread out, sort through); below that came the professional Blurb.com-level actual books. Below that came the spiral-bound inkjet prints (we actually loved these because it sold the work and the prints were awesome, less focus on the packaging). Below that came the Shutterfly-esque printed books.

That's just my opinion, though. I think the long and the short of it is that there are a ton of form factors to choose from and at the end of the day it's the quality of the prints that matter more. Nice packaging does infer some thinking in terms of marketing, self-promotion, and self-branding, which is nice to have but very, very secondary to the work itself.

Many pro art buyers do not like to solely rely on Web sites, but I've got no problem hiring directly from the web before as long as the images shown are at a hefty size. But I'm new school like that. :)

FWIW,
-Atomick

Really great info. Thanks. Wish we had more creative and art directors on forum.

One thing though - some of those kits sound really expensive


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Feb 23, 2008 21:33 |  #9

CanonXTuser wrote in post #4979149 (external link)
One thing though - some of those kits sound really expensive

Some are. Photographers will spend thousands on their portfolio. That's how they make their money and, given that a lot of advertising jobs run in the tens of thousands if not hundred thousand or more, a great book will quickly pay for itself. I just saw another photographers book that was printed and bound like a hefty magazine - except thread was wrapped around the outside for the binding. That was probably a $10,000 production budget.

On the other hand, I've put together books that were spiral bound at kinkos. I'd keep them in their kinkos bag just to play up the low tech feel. Art buyers loved it. The cost was something like 10 bucks including the prints.

Whatever you do, don't come in with some half-baked presentation. Don't show prints of different sizes or your book in tatters. You'd be surprised what some photographers think is okay. It's not.

You just want to have great work that's easily viewed. The presentation shouldn't get in the way. It's nice though when it communicates something about your personality. Don't come up with some heavy monstrosity either - most Art Buyers are female and they're not going to break their back to lug your book over to their cube. They'll just send it back untouched.

Art directors will laugh though when they get some big fancy book in the door and the work is mediocre. The presentation doesn't matter if the work sucks. Likewise, if you're going to do some fancy presentation, your work had better kick ass. Actually, your work had better kick ass if you're going to get the job. In general, it's always helpful to have great work. Life is much easier that way.

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Feb 25, 2008 16:41 as a reply to  @ John Mireles's post |  #10

I bought a 18"x18" leather scrapbook album. Then purchased the black page/paper and replaced all the sheets. I display the 8x10 photos naked (with no covering) but keep a thin piece of felt between the photos when closed (also from the scrapbook section). Each photo has a couple double faced tape pieces made for photos around the edges, then small 1" L shaped vinyl (sticker) pieces on each corner for good measure.

So far everyone loves it and no comments have been made about the felt. Customers seem to take more time viewing the photos... Treating them like they're fragile. ;)

I have been designing a book too.

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Feb 25, 2008 19:02 |  #11

I have done a lot of freelancing for some magazines. How does one present this work?

Do I use tear sheets? On the b/w magazine shots, is it OK to also display the color images alongside the b/w?

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Apr 09, 2008 13:00 |  #12

StMarc wrote in post #4789518 (external link)
I have about a half-dozen 11x14 portfolios. These are leather cases which open on three sides with a zipper to become ring-bound books with removeable pages. I got most of them as gifts, but I've also bought a few from http://www.dickblick.c​om (external link), which is where I also get replacement pages. Here's an example:

http://www.dickblick.c​om/zz150/10/ (external link)

M

Those are some great stuff on that website. thank you so much for sharing. would like it if more people would chime in on here :-)

so yeah, I'm getting ready to present my images to the faculty at my school. (almost ready to graduate! woohoo!) anyways, it's kinda weird but the teacher in charge of the program does not want us to use any plastic covering for the storage of the photos. any other recommendations? I'm thinking about going for the itoya art profolio professional presentation book.
http://www.dickblick.c​om/zz152/35/ (external link)

yay or nays? my shots I'm presenting are fashion with dresses. hope this works.


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Apr 09, 2008 13:33 |  #13

What size prints do you guys normally use for portfolios? 11x14 would seem like the best size to me. What about weird aspect ratios like 8x12?


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Apr 09, 2008 15:09 |  #15

my stuff will be at about 11x14 in size.


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