How to make a photo portfolio

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Have you enjoyed taking pictures for family and friends? Would you like to expand your research; would you like to sell your photography skills as a service? If so, creating a portfolio of your work is a must-do. Without it, your passion for photography is likely to stay a hobby and not become a profitable career. Since it is important to create a portfolio of your work, you may be ready to get started.

Primarily, know that it is not a difficult task. Many new photographers are so worked up about creating a professional collection of samples or choosing the right pictures to highlight. Although it sounds hard, creating a portfolio of your work is actually a easy process. In fact, you can continue reading on for a few helpful tips.

A portfolio comes from the French word porte folio and it means a page carrier. It is about the size of a newspaper page, but it can be carried around. Basically, it is a way to carry and store lose pages, like photographs. For artists, portfolios not only make it easier to showcase samples of their work, but it ensures the samples aren’t lost or misplaced. The device used to hold all of these pictures could be a folder or a box.

Thanks to the technology of today, a portfolio does not need to be printed. It can be created through digital means. This may involve scanning digital photographs and saving them as jpeg or PDF formats. You may be unsure which approach to take. Part of the love of photography is not only taking pictures, but also feeling and seeing them in your hands. While digital portfolios may not be your first choice, they are widely accepted by magazines and other publications that hire the services of professional photographers.

Although you do have a choice and there are pros to digital portfolios, most photographers have stayed with printed portfolios. Looking at a computer screen is easy, but some screens can distort the original color or integrity of a picture. Moreover, printer paper comes in a wide range of formats. The better your want your pictures to look the better the printer paper you need to buy. You do have some control over this, unlike having an image appear on a computer screen. Many experts state you are missing the true essence of photography if you do not print your pictures.

Regardless of how you choose to format your work samples, it is important to choose the ones you do include carefully. If you have been photographing family, friends, landscape and community event for years, you may have thousands of pictures to choose from. Pick your best and then let a friend or trusted relative help you make the final choices. Your clients will have different wants and needs. For that reason, it is best to opt for a collection of different photography styles. Unless you have a specialty, your sample collection should include action shots, journalistic shots, traditional shots, and more.

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