The Photographic Portfolio

July 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Photographic Portfolio
 

Some of my fellow camera club members have heard me, at Northern Zone Photographic Convention 2015, introduce The Portfolio as a camera club project. So what is it and why create one?

Why create one?

  • To make a statement about your photography, to show other people what your photography is about.
     
  • To tell a story in a group of images (6-12 images or so); tell the story of something you feel strongly about; something that moves you; something you want to communicate to others.

Why make a portfolio when you already participate in club competitions?

Often we take many images of a scene, a subject, a theme or concept but we only put one or two in a competition to show our fellow camera club members. These one or two images may not tell a complete story or express a theme or express your point of view about a concept.

Why not an AV?

Our club shows AV200s (200 seconds long) at the AGM and are another way of presenting a portfolio. But an AV is fleeting. A portfolio is there to view and appreciate as long as the viewer wants.

What are the rules?

It must be your own work. This is a chance for you to create something that is uniquely yours. The size of your images will be governed by the presentation method. My website provider has size requirements so I abide by those rules. If you are presenting prints to your viewers, then your limit will be the size you can carry!

And another thing…

Sometimes you will enter an image in a competition and the judge may not understand or appreciate it. A portfolio is your chance to expand your artistic idea or theme to fully express it.
 

Some examples of subject matter:

  • Travel photos of a particular location
     

  • Landscapes taken at the same time of day

  • Abstract images based on nature’s creations

  • Architectural or industrial images
     

You are only limited by your *imagination*.

If you want to see an example of a portfolio, go over to my gallery and look at Copeton Moods, Copeton Reflections, and Symmetry.

Other photographic sites to look at:

  • robemphotography.zenfolio.com – White on White Portfolio, Looking Up Series
     

  • wowfactorpix.com – Look at Rob Smith’s Themed Collections

  • descrawley.com.au – Look at Des Crawley’s galleries

How to begin

  • You need an idea. Search the internet or your own images to find the idea (concept).
     

  • If you are not sure where to go from there, find a mentor to help you through the process.
     

  • You will need to ask someone to be your mentor. Learn to ask. Many things are possible if you ask.

  • Your mentor is your guide. He/she will assist you to develop your idea, and to define the method of presentation.

Try it. Making a portfolio is very satisfying from an artistic point of view.
 


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