Portfolio book

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  1. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Ok...I am wanting to put together a portfolio book. I've never actually looked at a photography portfolio other than online ones, so I'm not sure what the 'standards' are. Can anyone give me some ideas on a portfolio book? Where do you buy yours, and what size?
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    summers_enemy TPF Noob!

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    I've never actually seen one offline either, but that one looks quite nice. Just the kind I've been looking for. There's also some nice one's at Adorama. They have one that's a book with a small carrying handle made out of leather I believe, it's quite nice also :)
     
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    I've not seen any photography portfolios as such but I've seen some wonderful architecture ones of a building projects etc. For eg. one related to building in a woodland area used some very natural materials and even has twigs intertwined to bind the whole thing together, it was excellent, made by the student. Stuff like this stands out to me a lot more than a mass produced type folder.... maybe if your photos take on a certain style or subject you think about something that relates more to your photography personally. It can show you put a lot of thought not only into your photos but their presentation as well, ok twigs might not be quite right but I reckon theres something out there you could work with...!

    But thats just me and I like being creative! Otherwise the folder looks a good quality!
     
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    The best portfolio I've ever seen, and I've only seen sections of it reproduced, is Robert Frank's 40 Fotos from 1946, which he assembled as the culminatory exercise of a class he was taking. Portfolio assembly is as much about careful editing from page to page as it is about showing your best stuff. Totally contrasted selections that nevertheless have multiple inner resonances among them. It's like an essay about you and what you can do. Frank printed it out as a little book (the kind with those plastic rings on the binding), with the photos carried straight through to the edges of the paper. A big project in his day, no doubt, but given today's desktop capabilities, much easier to accomplish now.

    I guess it depends on what you want to do with your portfolio, but if I were creating one, I'd do it like RF did. Prints slipped behind plastic sounds much like what everyone else has, and I'd want to stand out in any way I could, given the mind-boggling competition out there.
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I think this is the most important consideration.

    I use the Itoya portfolios (like the one you linked to) for showing photos to wedding and portrait clients. Mostly 5x7 and 8x10/12 prints. They are definately not fancy, but durable, and protect the photos when being carried around, set on tables with drink rings, etc... I like to use a bigger page size than the photo, so that there is some border around the image(s).

    I also have big portfolio that is basically just a case with a handle. I carry matted large prints in that. The prints are wrapped in mylar for protection, but I can pull them out and set them up salon style for viewing. In my opinion this is the very best way to show photographs, but it isn't always as practical as albums with lots of pics.
     
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    I use a portfolio box from Light Impressions and matte and mount my photos for presentation.
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys. For now I am only looking to put one together for my portraiture, to show potential clients. I'd been wanting to put one together anyway, and the other day I actually had someone ask to see it. She's a co-worker, and there is no hurry, but I'd like to get it done as soon as possible.

    So you think the one I linked to is sufficient for that purpose?
     
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    Karalee hOtLiPs!

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    I have an itoya 11x14 book I use when talking to people about event work. Check ebay, I bought mine there, you can get pretty good deals.
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Thanks Kara. :)
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Ok, bumping this because I have some more questions. I still haven't purchased a portfolio book, but plan to buy the one I linked to above...I just haven't decided if I should get the 8 1/2 x11 or the 11x14. Should all the prints in my book be the same size? Do I matte the photos before putting them in the book (therefore, I would need the 11x14)...or is it not common practice to matte them? Would it still look nice if I had different sizes? Um...I have more questions, but the delivery guy is here...I'll post more in a few. :)
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Anyway...back to the 'would it look nice still if they were different sizes' question...say some of my stuff was 8x10,...with a 5x7 stuck here and there...maybe an 8x12 or an 11x14...or is it best to keep them all the same size?

    Thanks in advance ! :)
     

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