A photography portfolio is essential if you want to earn some money with your camera and sell your photography services. Whilst setting up and maintaining a photography portfolio may seem an easy thing to do but, trust me, it isn’t. Maintaining a photography portfolio takes a lot of time, effort and hard work. Maintaining a photography portfolio isn’t the most exciting task and it is easy to get into the “can’t be bothered mind set” so you need to be organised and dedicated to the cause.
Fortunately there are some tips and tricks you can try to sort out your photo portfolio, as below.
Photography portfolio tips – Go paperless
Even though we are in the age of digital photography there are many photographers who insist on keeping their photography portfolio in paper format, and I don’t understand why. I mean, what’s the point in keeping physical photos to show perspective clients (and buyers of course)? Photos fade over time and there is always the potential of ruining a photography portfolio in paper format by spilling drinks, dropping food debris or leaving greasy fingerprints if you are a little clumsy, like me. As well as having a finite life a paper photography portfolio takes up space and is more awkward and cumbersome to carry around.
Paper photo portfolios are obsolete and digital photography portfolios are the way to go. There was a time when external hard drives were large, required an external power source, didn’t have a great deal of memory and were expensive. This is no longer the case and you now pick up tiny external hard drives that are portable with enough memory to store thousands of images for little money. What’s more is these external hard drives operate using power directly from the computer, laptop or tablet so there is no separate power source needed or risk the hard drive will fail because its external power pack fails.
Photography portfolio tips – Keep only your best photos
Hard drives have a huge memory and can store thousands of photos and there is the temptation to keep more photos on your photography portfolio than you should. Your photography portfolio should showcase your best photos and no more. Whilst you may want to show prospective clients your mediocre photos you have to refrain and show only the best.
In my experience prospective clients soon get bored of looking at photos and if you have to wade through loads and loads of photos to get to the best images the prospective client will get bored, and you will lose out on gigs as a result. Keeping just your best photos on your digital photography portfolio means every photo you show is awesome, and since there are no mediocre or substandard photos to show the prospective client will think that all of your photos are going to as good as your best shots, which is only a good thing right?
I appreciate you may want to keep photos that aren’t your best, I am not saying bin them I am just saying don’t save them on your photography portfolio you use to win work. I keep many of my mediocre photos and I store them on a separate hard drive, which I also back up on to a separate hard drive.
Photography portfolio tips - Keep the RAW file
Whenever I decide a photo is good enough to store on my digital photography portfolio I make sure I not only keep a copy of the final edited version but I also keep a copy of the RAW file too. Keeping the RAW file means you can make further edits to your best photos (convert to black and white, crop and enlarge, convert to sepia, change the colours etc. etc.) for other uses.
There was a time when I only ever kept the final edited image however there was an instance when I wanted to change the photo (for a different commercial use) but was unable to do what I wanted because I had deleted the RAW data, which was very annoying. Since that day I have kept the RAW file in a separate “RAW data folder” on the hard drive.
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