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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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Lately there’s been a bad trend in photography: photographers stealing or buying images, to make their portfolios look better. As photographers we must keep growing and learning. If we do not incorporate different styles of photography in to our workflow, our portfolios become stagnant and people will lose interest. To grow  you have to make some sacrifices. You have to prove to clients and yourself that you can create the images they need.

If your are going to add a new style of photography to your portfolio here are some tips to do it on your own.

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Sometimes we get into a creative rut that limits us and what we can do. If you’re shooting commercial work all the time, it’s important to keep building personal work to keep your creative edge alive. But if you’re shooting for yourself, then it’s important to just go out there and shoot. And even though it’s a tough task, finding inspiration or vision in nearly anything can also help you to progress creatively.

But for the moment, here are 15 quick tips on how to stay photographically inspired.

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Lady Louise Cromwell (1911)

All colorization art by Michael Catanachapodaca and used with permission.

Colorization of photos can be extremely tough and often takes loads and loads of thought. And artist Michael Catanachapodaca seems to have it all down to a methodical science. She is a native of Las Cruces, NM. Her graphic design work has been commissioned for various projects, including the cover of Royal Amber by Jeannette Harben and logo/branding design for cocoàgogo solid lotion. Her fine art also can be found in multiple private collections. But as you’ll see in the photos below, she does an excellent job of modernizing so many great vintage photos.

These aren’t all that Michael has done, as she has loads more in her specific portfolio.

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