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Old 09-15-2006, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all

I am starting at the bottom here, I have a fair collection of work now and it is about time that I compile a portfolio.

My question is..... what are the best contemporay styles of portfolio. Can anyone give me some layout suggestions and perhaps show some examples of media used, books, folders, albims etc?

thanks in advance Mark
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I think this might be a good article suggestion for Rolando. The physical portfolio is probably not as important as content and how it is organized.

So how about Rolando, think this might be a worhwhile article topic?
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Hi all
I am starting at the bottom here, I have a fair collection of work now and it is about time that I compile a portfolio.
My question is..... what are the best contemporay styles of portfolio. Can anyone give me some layout suggestions and perhaps show some examples of media used, books, folders, albims etc?
thanks in advance Mark
Rolando has an article on G1 on this subject. The link is here:

http://www.glamour1.com/forums/view....folios_success

He also has some comments in his new book.

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Old 09-16-2006, 02:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes I just viewed very good advice it covers everything

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Rolando has an article
...but Rolando keeps referring to a print size of 9x12. All very fine and good for the Olympus crew with their 3:4 ratio but most other SLRs/DSLRs don't have that ratio. So it's a bugger to get a 9x12 out of the camera without a lot of cropping. (I know, I've tried). Plus, unless you are printing at home, it's damn difficult to find 9" wide printing rolls at commercial printers....8", yes....11", also. And if you are printing at home, unless you have the bucks, you are probably using a printer that only handles 8 1/2" wide paper.

Personally I think that this print size thing is just a way for some flaky/flaming "Art Director" to make the photographers' lives miserable...and expensive. If you really want to blame someone, again the French are the target as it was the influence of their Fashion world and the physical size of large format cameras that came up with this size.
[....or so I've been told. ]
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My understanding is that the 9x12 size carries over from full frame prints made from medium format negs (4.5 x 6 cm) and is still the defacto standard for model portfolios. The 8x10 prints are just too small. Also, more and more photographers seem to be going with 11 x 14's, probably because that size paper is readily available. (Is bigger better?)

I will usually print on 11x14 & trim it to 9x12 when requested.

Keep in mind that you always have to keep cropping/trimming in mind. A standard 4x6 print (2:3 ratio) loses 20% of the image area when you crop it to make an 8x10 (4:5 ratio) or 18.5% to make an 11x14.

I guess the only safe way is to make sure you have plenty of space all around the subject, then crop just before printing.

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