A photographic portfolio is the perfect way to showcase your work. A portfolio can highlight your strengths as a photographer and show prospective clients what you are capable of. When creating a portfolio, there are many aspects to consider – from which items to showcase to the composition details of the book itself. Follow these three steps to help you create a photographic portfolio that will show your work in the best light.
1. Focus on Quality Over Quantity
If realize you only have a dozen pictures to display, don’t panic. It’s important to remember that your portfolio should only include your absolute best work. You don’t want an overwhelming number of photos that your client has to look at. What matters most is that your portfolio represents your work in a way that remains strong from start to finish.
2. Use A Sequence
Order your photos in a specific way. Your prospective clients should be able to follow the story that your photographs tell. For example, if you are a wedding photographer, order your photos from the very beginning stages of the wedding day to the last song playing at the reception. Part of highlighting your work is showing the execution of the coverage of the event. If your photos are filled with emotion, order the emotions in categories by the mood. If some of your photos showcase a certain color, order them together. Avoid placing more muted photos near a photo that is bright. Order is important as it captures the viewer’s attention and allows them to follow along.
4. Write A Table of Contents
Your portfolio should have a table of contents written out so that your viewer can jump to a certain page of interest. The contents will organize your portfolio and outline your photo sequence. Remember to list the proper page number with the corresponding photo title. On each page with your photos consider including a title, description, location, date and time to further explain the story your photos tell.
Once you’re finished composing your portfolio, make sure you use a high quality printer to produce your images. Check out Mitsubishi Electric’s CP-W5000DW professional dye sublimation duplex printer, where you can print customized photo books, photo cards, calendars, thank you cards and more showing a diverse range of work in your portfolio. Having the right printer is important and we’ve got a line of fully featured dye sublimation photo printers to fit every need and budget, generating exceptional quality prints to bring your portfolio to life.
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