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Model: Megan Gaber

Model: Megan Gaber

“Here’s how you can speed up your workflow…”

“Here’s how you can make your workflow so much quicker and get back to shooting…”

Almost every single marketing guru in the imaging world has the solution for you. Yes, the title of this piece is a very strong stance, but it’s one that needs to be taken. Everyone and their other has a way for you to get a faster image editing workflow and supposedly get you back out there and shooting. But as Jared Polin says (love him or hate him) the image creation process doesn’t end when the shutter clicks. It keeps going. Back in the film days, you didn’t sit there and try to speed up the development process of your images–you sat there in the darkroom and tried to figure out ways to make each of those 36 exposures the best you possibly could.

The myth of speeding up your image editing workflow may be nice and simple, but it’s only satisfactory. It’s not the best you can do.

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I built my portfolio site with Squarespace.

I built my portfolio site with Squarespace. This is neither a sponsored post nor an endorsement. Well, it’s kind of an endorsement.

We talk about portfolios quite a bit here on The Phoblographer. You can check those posts here, here and here. Oh, and here.

It’s an important step for any new photographer looking to establish a presence online beyond various social media sites. Your portfolio a concentrated dose of who you are as a photographer. It needs to work well on a computer, but more importantly, it needs to work well on mobile. These are not our musings. This post isn’t about our musings. We reached out to Photoshelter and Squarespace, two of the more popular choices for photographers, about their approach to design.

But we also reached out to some photographers, too, to see what they use.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer MyMiggo camera strap large review images (2 of 9)ISO 4001-320 sec at f - 4.5

Every photographer needs to start somewhere. But when they’re new, photographers also go through an exploratory phase where they need to find themselves. Unfortunately, not many take guidance or try to find ways to actually become better in the grand scheme of the photo world. Instead, they get sucked into traps and never find a way to get out of them to continue to evolve.

Here how you can spot those traps and how to get out of them.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Film bookmark (1 of 1)ISO 16001-100 sec at f - 5.0

The sole purpose and goal of building your photography portfolio has to do with putting your best work forward. The term “best” as subjective as it is, should be replaced by the most effective in the right situations. Before you even begin putting this portfolio together you should specialize your work. If you’re going to be a landscape shooter, then be a landscape shooter and put that forward. No wedding clients want to see the landscapes that you can shoot or the photos of pets that you do–they want to see photos from your weddings.

So when you’re building your photo portfolio, here are the questions that you should ask yourself to make it more effective.

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Julius Motal the phoblographer establishing an online presence

So you’ve got a camera and you’ve been shooting for a while. When people ask, you tell them you don’t have a website, at least not yet. As with anything, it’s a work in progress, and when you finally do take your work online, you want it to be a finely crafted portfolio. What people see on your website or across any of your channels (be it Instagram, Flickr, 500px, etc.) will determine how they view you and whether or not they want to work with you. How you present yourself online matters.

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One of the hardest things for any photographer to do is to edit down their images to a select few. Whether they are images from a recent shoot or a body of work destined for a web gallery or portfolio, the process of editing is no easy task. It’s not something that’s taught alongside learning about shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

It’s an important skill to develop as a weak portfolio or web gallery can diminish the impact of one’s best work. Here are some suggestions that may help you to refine the way you evaluate, select and organize your best photographs.

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