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Old 08-01-2006, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I wanted to find out what people consider is the best size for a portfolio. I was thinking 8" by 10" . Please give me your opinion. thanks.
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Re: Portfolio Size for Photographers
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One opinion you'll find is 9"x11" (or is it 9"x12"?) Either way, it's a size that I don't think any camera has had by default (damn, I'm getting too rusty on this stuff) so I'm not sure why that's preferred sizing (apparently it's best for some fashion magazines(and apprently I'm using a lot of brackets tonight)). I think the best size is whatever works best for you! My problem is I would prefer to do a 4'x6' (yes, feet) portfolio or even larger but that would be a pain to carry around and would be hella expensive. But I really like large prints, what I can I say.

I think it also depends partly on what you're after. Fashion would possibly require one format while product photography might be best represented by another format.

Don't worry, the guys in the know will let you know...

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Re: Portfolio Size for Photographers
Old 08-01-2006, 09:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There was a long thread on this elsewhere.

The gist of it was the bigger, the better: 8x10s are common but real pros priint larger and thus draw immediate attention to their work and separate themselves from amateurs.
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You're gonna get a lot of different thoughts on this, so here's my 2˘
All my images are printed on 11x14 paper, but I printed each with a 1" white border and inside shadow to create the effect of a matte on top of the image. I just liked the look. My actual image area is 9x12.
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't know that any one size is "best", but consider 8x10 a minimum size. It depends upon your audience. If you're just looking to work with or shoot local talent then 8x10 or 8x12 will be fine. If you're looking to get paid by advertising firms, agencies, and what-not then you should probably consider 11x14's and their ilk. When it comes to getting hired, quality matters more than quantity. Drop-dead gorgeous images will get you hired no matter what the size. But if you are competing for the well paying gigs, a larger portfolio (within reason) of drop-dead gorgeous images may give you an edge. That being said, make sure your imagery can stand up to being printed large. Larger prints show your mistakes. So only print your best work.

Another thing to think of is how are you delivering your work. If you're mailing it out, smaller is easier. If you're showing up in person then carry what you can.

Personally, I have several 11x14 sized portfolios in general use and two 20x24 portfolios for more formal, in-person meetings.

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Re: Portfolio Size for Photographers
Old 08-02-2006, 05:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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For what it's worth, I was checking out Rolando's portfolio in Atlanta, and he spoke a bit about how to set it up. His was 12 x 9 prints. I'm looking at ordering one from Brewer-Cantelmo, nice stuff!
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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For what it's worth, I was checking out Rolando's portfolio in Atlanta, and he spoke a bit about how to set it up. His was 12 x 9 prints. I'm looking at ordering one from Brewer-Cantelmo, nice stuff!
Way to take my steam loggerhead!

Take out Atlanta, insert Chicago, and that is exactly the message that I was going to leave. Right down to ordering the 9" x 12" BC Elegante. Haven't ordered it yet, but will in the next week or two.

I like the 9" x 12", but I'm not selling to magazines or competing with others. Mine is getting shown to middle aged women who either want (a) pictures of their children/pets, or (b) something that makes them look and feel 15 years younger/sexier. To them, 9" x 12" is large enough to impress, and yet can still be transported easily and laid out in a relatively small area.
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have several, depending on the client. Models, Commercial, etc. I have 11 x 14's mounted on 16x20 boards in a clamshell box. I have a book type with 11 x 14's. I also make it a point to carry 4 x 6 Itoya mini-albums with me everywhere I go. They are always handy, for those times that I run into a situation where I don't specifically have one of my bigger books.

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