Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Andrea K, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. Andrea K

    Andrea K TPF Noob!

    Dec 16, 2004
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    Philadelphia/North Carolina
    i just got this thing in the mail from UPenn about a summer course and one of the courses you can take is in photography. i would love to try to get in, but 1) i dont know if i have enough experience/am talented enough (i think ill give it a try anyway) and 2) they want a portfolio...my biggest question is, how do you make/set up a portfolio? they say you can have one on a cd or web site

    thanks :D
  2. Hertz van Rental

    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

    Nov 8, 2004
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    Where am I now?
    You select a bunch of your best pictures - ones that you feel good about - and use those. 20 - 30 is about optimum.
    As for experience and talent - I wouldn't worry. Give it your best shot. If you don't get in it doesn't mean you are no good, it just means that your pictures are not to their taste.
    I once went for an interview to do a Masters Degree in Photography. The lecturers were taken aback when they saw my CV and pictures. I quote: 'we've never had anyone apply to this course who could do photography before'.
    Go for it.
  3. spike000

    spike000 TPF Noob!

    Feb 13, 2005
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    London, UK
    Show a few different styles in your portfolio.

    I primarily shoot wildlife so my portfolio consists of 15 wildlife shots then.....

    4 portraits of people (2 in studio and mix of colour and B&W)
    4 landscapes (including night scenes)
    2 abstracts
    4 Candids (street work mainly)
    Some general travel shots of particular locations - tailor these to your audience - when I recently did some work in the galapagos I took a lot of my Madagascar shots as they have a similar endemic animal population - but I mixed these in with some shots of other South American cities to show that I was more than capable of handling the travel etc.

    Make sure that it is very well presented - I tend to use 8"x10" and 10"x12" as standard sizes and present them in my book with mounts.

    Do a CV explaining where you want to go with your photographs - what you enjoy and what you want to improve. Particularly mention any published work - even if it is merely a local paper as this shows commitment to the photographic medium and shows that you are aiming to work as a photographer.

    The whole end result should look like you are a very capable photographer who wants to become an excellent one.

    Good luck

  4. Rob

    Rob TPF Noob!

    Jan 29, 2005
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    No sunsets or mountains or cheesy holiday photos. No squirrels, or pictures of your cat/dog. That'll make your portfolio about ten times "better" and more unique than all the other applicants, guaranteed.

    p.s. There's nothing wrong with the above images, but anyone who looks at a lot of photos will be bored with them, so they need to be better than the next person's idea.
  5. Artemis

    Artemis Just Punked Himself

    May 16, 2004
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    England! w000t!
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    To add to this question...where would one find a book album that is well layd out and looks like a portfolio, where would i need to go?

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