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The San Diego Photography Collective Message Board › Number of photos in a portfolio

Number of photos in a portfolio

A former member
Post #: 5
How many photos should one have in their portfolio?

I'd like to prepare mine to be critiqued.

Thanks, in advance!

Dan C
user 8180927
San Diego, CA
Post #: 34
As we all know, a portfolio should contain only your absolute best work. It is the first job interview with prospective bosses, your clients. The "chain" principle is at work here. You're only as strong as the weakest link.. you'll appear only as good as your weakest pictures.

Initially, choose the best 20 jaw-dropping images that represent what you want to do, then allow friends, fellow photographers, and even trusted clients to preview what you plan to show. Listen to them carefully, and drop as many of the weaker images as you can until you you have a strong group of about 10 or less. And as you shoot new work, keep replacing weaker portfolio images with those that are stronger.
A former member
Post #: 124
this is always a good thing if one knows what their best work is what i like and enjoy most may not be viewed as best work?????
San Diego, CA
Post #: 476
Quite right Fran .. That's why Dan's advice is so good. You will need to ask others.

Also scoring against a list of technical and artistic criteria can help:
like, for example -
exposure, contrast, detail in the whites and blacks,
color balance, color use, or dynamic range of grays
focus, DOF,
POV, angle, composition, distracting or leading background,
crop, use of negative space and asymmetry,
beauty or creative content,
subjects pose, position and expression,
photographers directing skill / subjects connection with camera,
level of skill demonstrated in post processing,
level of skill demonstrated in the timing of the capture,
and most of all, is the image eye catching, compelling, with a wow factor, or objectively professional in appearance?

ALSO if it's aimed at a client, is the content that will interest THEM / what THEY want to see ?

Is it unique or of a standard they will want to pay for?

Hope that helps...

Dan C.
Group Organizer
San Diego, CA
Post #: 2,572
Depending on who you're going to be showing these images to, whether it be a client or for a potential job,
you might want to put together more than one portfolio.

One can be your serious work: Portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, product shots, etc. The other one can be a little more daring to show your creativity. These days it pays to stand out from the rest of the photographic throng and it just might get you a foot in whatever door you're trying to enter.

Whatever direction you go, make sure you use quality materials, that the images are all lined up and composed well and that you vary what you include so they don't all look alike.

Good luck!
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