Before You Build A Photographic Portfolio, Figure Out Your Photographic Identity

Let’s get something absolutely out of the way here: your Instagram page isn’t necessarily your portfolio. A photographic portfolio is a body of work that helps let others know what kind of photographer you are. It’s a product you’re capable of delivering. For example, Toyota’s portfolio includes the Camry and their other cars. Peter Hurley’s portfolio includes headshots. Annie Leibovitz’s portfolio has portraits and editorial work. These are the products that we know they’re capable of producing. And in the same way, a photographer needs to tightly curate that portfolio, specialize (despite what some may tell you not to do, and they’re dead wrong), and put forward images and services that really make them standout from the rest.

But before you even go about doing this, you’ll need to figure out your photographic identity.

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David Egan’s Neon-Hued Photographs of Rural Nevada

This is a syndicated blog post from Format magazine. Originally done by Jill Blackmore Evans. Photos by David Egan.

Far from Las Vegas, David Egan’s night photography documents Nevada’s roadside motels and gas stations.

Photographer David Egan captures the neon glow of Nevada at night in his series I always hoped for better. “Journeying throughout the entire state of Nevada allows me a level of satisfaction that I rarely achieve,” Egan says of the project, which he says was inspired by a “fascination with elements of the past.”

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What Photographers Need to Make The Website Building Process Amazingly Simple

“Just images, right?” No! You see, one of the reasons why so many people don’t want to make a website for their photography is because they don’t want to get all the necessary information together to do it. Crazy, right? Despite the fact that making a website is incredibly simple these days some photographers just haven’t taken that next step.

If you’re still looking to take that next step though, here are the things that every photographer should have ready and in place before they create a proper, dedicated home base for their portfolio.

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5 Ways For Professional Photographers To Use Instagram Galleries

Instagram just launched their latest update and it is one of the biggest changes yet to the world’s most popular photography network. This new gallery post-type opens up a fresh avenue for professional photographers to tell stories and promote their work.

Need some ideas on ways to make use of these new gallery features? Well, you have come to the right spot. Today we have compiled a list of 5 ways for professional photographers to utilize Instagram’s new gallery post feature. Let’s get into it…. Continue reading…

Do Photographers Really Need a Blog If They Have Instagram?

Photographers that take their craft very seriously most likely have a website to show off their portfolio. If you’re a professional or a semi-professional, this is a guarantee; but if you’re a hobbyist or enthusiast, it would make sense to have a website of some sort. But then in that case, does it make sense for a photographer to have a blog? I mean, why should you have a blog that updates and shows off your photos if your Instagram is already doing this? It doesn’t make sense, right?

Well, yes and no.

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Useful Photography Tip #168: Pitching Various Publications to Feature Your Portfolio

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So how does a photographer become more famous? As I state many times in my workshop, you often need to put your work out there and pitch yourself to various outlets. When photographers try to pitch themselves they often just do a massive, widespread pitch. Many times, it’s the same pitch over and over again instead of being tailored to specific people. This honestly makes no sense.

Let’s put it this way: would you talk to your boss in the same way that you would talk to the CEO of your company? Or would you talk to your local senator in the same way that you would talk to your President? To get even more in depth, would you talk to a plumber the same way you would a doctor?

Though it isn’t the exact same thing, it shows you that very different people and outlets need to be spoken to in different ways because of rankings and the way that they cover a specific beat. To that end though, I always recommend being respectful and pitching to smaller publications, influencers, and editors first. As you move up the line, you’ll have a number of publications and places under your belt to show off to the larger sites.

Working from the other way down can work, but sometimes doesn’t because it can be tougher for the smaller outlets to compete.

Just a bit of psychology about how to pitch yourself as a photographer.

The 8 Biggest Mistakes on Your Portfolio (And How to Fix Them)

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For potential clients and collaborators, a good online portfolio should provide an in-depth introduction to you and your work. Whether you’re a photographer, illustrator, or designer, you know the importance of making a good first impression.

It can be easy to feel intimidated by all the possible ways you can slip up with your site. Is it too crowded, or too empty? Too simple, or too difficult to navigate? Too much information, or not enough? Ultimately, there’s no one answer for what makes an ideal portfolio.

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Separating Your Mind from Your Photography Portfolio

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One of the biggest lessons that any photographer can learn about their own work is how to separate themselves from the project or image. When photographers are starting out and still learning, they tend to become very emotionally attached to and invested in the images that they create. This goes all across the board for everyone if they’re very serious about the work that they’re trying to create. Unfortunately, what this ends up doing is impeding their growth. For some, it’s crippling. For others, they learn to separate themselves from their images.

After all, they’re just images.

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