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Create Your Photography Portfolio

by blackandwhitephotography.com
​A great way to enjoy being recognized for what you love doing is to create your own black and white photography portfolio. It is also one of the most important things you can do as a photographer. Assembling a portfolio of your own work is not a mysterious or complicated task.

It simply means creating a carrier to hold your photographic works of art in a secure place so they do not get lost or damaged. After all, the word portfolio comes from the French, porte folio, and it simply means “page carrier.”

There is no standard size for the contents of a portfolio, and there are no restrictions on who can create a portfolio because it is usually the artists themselves who traditionally create the portfolios of their own work. Thus, it can be a folder, a box or any other handy containing device the artist chooses to use.

The first step is building your own photography portfolio is to create a unifying theme that is conceptual or based on a photographic technicality, like a portfolio highlighting your best wide angle work, or one that displays your best black and white photography after dark.

Because the possible themes for a black and white photography portfolio are limited only by your imagination, you should take the time to create something that will be unique and meaningful to you for a long time.

After you’ve selected your theme, you will have to select the best photographs to put in your portfolio. Take your time and assemble a collection you are proud to show, you don’t want your portfolio to be a hastily thrown-together mix. Don’t load up your portfolio with so many photographs that it causes viewers to have to skim through your work to get to the end. If you make your portfolio shorter and more manageable for the viewer to get through, people will be more likely to spend more time looking at each individual photograph. Obviously, there is no standard set number of photos to include, but 25 to 50 photographs seem to be in the range that most people can handle viewing without a problem.

After you’ve put together your portfolio, it is time to show it off to your friends and family. You can display it in a prominent place in your home and make a digital copy online to show to anyone who might be interested in purchasing them.  It would be a shame to let your best photographs to sit idle in boxes in your closest. Taking the time to put a portfolio together that represents you as a photographer is a way to create something you will be proud of for a long time to come.

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