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Building a Portfolio
A portfolio is a set of images brought together to show your ability, your style or in this case to show what you have learnt over a photography course.
A portfolio should be a complete cohesive group of images that show a particular theme, project or skill. The images should all be consistent in exposure, colour and tone. Choose images that have the most impact and remember that you may not be there, when your portfolio is being viewed, so your images should be self explanatory.
For this portfolio, your images should show a range of techniques, viewpoints and subjects displaying your knowledge of focal length, exposure, apertures, shutter speeds, composition and editing.
Be strict with what you allow into your portfolio. Don’t compromise and try not to add filler images. A small number of strong images far outweigh a large number of weak images. The number of images in your portfolio for your course have been limited to ensure you select the very best of your work, however this should also be your approach when putting together any portfolio.
When creating images for a portfolio, journal, notebook as evidence for your photography course, you need to annotate (add notes to) your images. These notes should describe the technical, aesthetic, compositional elements and describe why you took the photograph. When annotating your images try to answer the following questions:
What equipment did you use to make this image? What subject and area of photography did you choose to photograph? What new techniques did you learn or try out while taking this photograph? What health and safety considerations did you make? What do you like about the image? What do you not like about the image? How could you improve the image?
If you reference or mention another photographer, book or other resource to correctly reference them: Name (year) Title, a link if online, date accessed if online for example: Martin Parr (2022) Death by Selfie, https://www.martinparr.com/ (Accessed: 4 August 2022)
If photographs are being taken for a publication, newspaper, magazine or even for a website, information about the photograph is usually attached to the image in the form of an annotation. The standard format is Who, What, Where, When, Why? You should also consider this when annotating your images for your course.
Who – Who is in the image? What – What is happening in the image? Where – Where was the photograph taken? When – Date and time but could also be time of year, season etc. Why – why did you take the image?
Adobe Portfolio allows you to create simple websites and online portfolios, it is connected directly to Adobe Lightroom. By syncing albums of images, they become available to use in Adobe Portfolio.
Adobe Portfolio can be accessed through the link below.