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What goes into a portfolio?

turnover81 5 13 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 9:24PM
Looking into a college course to expand my knowledge. Most of the courses state that I would need a portfolio. What would I need to put into it?
Any advice would be welcome Smile

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tatkinson1983 11 130
25 Jul 2012 9:34PM
A variety of work if the course is lots of different kinds of photography, if the course specialises then photographs concentrating on that genre. Get someone else to choose a selection of images they think are your best as you will be blinded. Think about which is your best and your weakest, they usual ask which you think is the strongest and why. Then they may ask which is your weakess and why.
From there it will propbably be more about who inspires you, favourite photographers, etc etc.
Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 10:30PM
Quality, not quantity.

If it isn't perfectly focused, perfectly exposed and perfectly composed, it doesn't go in. Better to have a portfolio of 5 perfect pictures than one of 10 with only 5 good shots an 5 fillers in. Be very self-critical and don't include anything but the very best.
If your place is dependent on an interview, you will probably have to justify the pictures you include, so they need to be good, and you need to know everything about each one of them. This will help prove you know what you are doing, and will improve your confidence in the fact that you do!

Good luck!

turnover81 5 13 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 10:40PM
Would it need to include different aspects of photography like portrait, landscape, macro etc?
Carabosse 15 41.0k 269 England
25 Jul 2012 10:43PM

Quote:Would it need to include different aspects of photography like portrait, landscape, macro etc?

Don't see why it should. But this a bit like a 'how long is a piece of string' question! Wink

My suggestion, FWIW, is contact the college and find out direct from them what is expected. Without knowing at least how many photos are needed, it's a shot in the dark.
Paul_Anthony 6 442 4 Wales
25 Jul 2012 10:43PM
In my experience colleges are mainly interested in your interest in photography and your enthusiasm to learn rather than what you have done in the past. They ask for a portfolio merely to see that you know which end of the camera is which. Put together a small portfolio of around 10 - 12 images of what YOU consider to be you best work and what YOU think represents your interests in photography.

Many colleges will accept you if you are a mature student based on an interview, show an interest and your in. It's a numbers game for them, 50 % of their students will drop out in the first year anyway so they need high numbers in the first year to justify running the course.


turnover81 5 13 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 10:53PM
Thanks guys, will contact the collegeand see what they want before I put one together Smile
RavenTepes 8 226 United States
26 Jul 2012 9:10PM
Also consider that a portfolio going into college will be used for the instructor or other interested people to grasp where you are in the photography world. I did this some time ago, and the course professor said that while she enjoyed my work, all I really needed was some fine tuneing. Perhaps you could get similar remarks.

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