Portfolio for University UK?

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  1. mubblegum

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    Hello,

    I have been pursuing photography for years, but have finally reached a stage where I have the option of studying at university. However, they not only require a portfolio of my photography, but also idea or sketchbooks and journals that we may have. Now I've never really kept anything of the sort... I tend to spontaneously take photographs of a moment or a person, or I just set off out on a day-trip for a particular reason. Does anyone have any particular advice on what these things may contain and how I would go about creating one, as I'm at a loss to think what I would put in one?

    Thank you.

    p.s. if there are any other tips and advice for portfolios, presentation, themes, etc, I'm very open!

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    Most uni's here view photography from an arty-farty position, I would base your portfolio around pretty creative shots, you have plenty, do around 12-15 for the port, then I'd knock together a notebook of ideas/meanings for the images plus a few extra of others you have online to point out at the interview. Don't worry too much though if you have the grades/experience/passion, it'll come through at the interview, they are really concerned about how committed you are to attendance over the next couple of years so if its a passion as opposed to hobby you'll get in. Good luck, you have some nice stuff by the way. H
     
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    Like Flash Harry said, pick between 12-15 images. Make sure your images show variety, and different techniques. All they want to see from the portfolio is that you have a keen eye. Your photos do not have to be perfect, try to stay away from repetitive shots.
    At the interview they expect you to be keen on the course.
     
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    Thank you both for your advice. Very useful! I especially like the notebook.
    I was also wondering about sizes... as some of images are different sizes unfortunately for various reasons, would it be best to mount them within the portfolio?
     
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    Calumet, drummond street, london NW1, can supply you with a leather slip in portfolio type album from spicer-hallfield which holds around 20 8 x 10's, I use one myself to show clients, comes boxed and reasonably priced imo and will save mounting etc, just a little double sided sticky tape on the page, a rule or knife blade to slide the print in position, remove rule, press down, instant portfolio. Go for it, around 20 quid Ithink.

    PS. have them all at 10 x 8 inch, google loxley colour, theyre in glasgow, upload your files to them or send a cd, do all PP etc and size them properly, if the files are colour correct tell them no correction, they are pretty cheap when getting a few done, fast turnaround and top quality. H
     
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