advice: How do I make a professional BW photo portfolio? : LUSENET : B&W Photo: URL Review : One Thread

I wonder if anyone can help? I would like to put together a professional quality BW Black and White photography portfolio to show when I go for job interviews in NYC(reflecting my talent and style). I graduated from a photography program 5 years ago - when computer technology in the arts was not what it is today. I feel out of touch. Can anyone suggest a format. Should I prepare a traditional paper portfolio? Should all prints be 11x14 and mounted inside paper frames (2ply white cotten archive board)? Should I scan my photographs into the computer and save them on a disk and bring that with me? Should I invest to learn how to set up a web page and refer the employer to that? How many imgaes do you think is a good number (20-?) with about 5 in each subject area (photojournalism, portraiture, fashion, nature etc)? Are there other formats people use that I haven't even mentioned. Any personal suggestions you could offer me would be greatly appreciated. I am in the process of building my own BW darkroom and venturing into the search for my dream job (to work creatively- hopefully within a team - with images, I haven't been able to narrow it down to a specific job title yet). Any encouragment or direction is helpful. Thank you! Heather

-- heather (, January 03, 2004


Hi Heather, I'd suggest taking a look at my new book, Photo Portfolio Success. It answers all of your questions and has chapters for fine art, nature and wildlife, photojournalism, wedding and freelance portfolios. Plus chapters on print, online, disk and slide portfolios. I'll take the liberty of passing along the book website and hope it helps your reach your dreams!

-- John Kaplan (, January 18, 2004.

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