Catering Photography Portfolios for School Admissions
A photography portfolio should be developed for many different reasons. As you progress throughout your high school and as you look to enter a professional school, you will be asked to show a portfolio of your work. Your photography portfolio will give the school a great idea as to the type of artistic work you do as a photographer. This portion of your academic admissions requirements is very important. Here is how you go about putting together your photography portfolio.
Tools and Materials You Will Need
- Lots of Stock Photos
- Porfolio book
- Non Acid tape
- Paper and pencil
- Spreadsheet software
- Internet Connection
Step 1 - Get the Requirements
Every school has a different set of requirements. Before you begin to put together a portfolio, you need to make a list of every school you are applying to. Then go online and research their admission requirements. Review what is necessary for their portfolio admissions, then note each of these requirements in a spreadsheet or on a piece of paper. If you cannot locate the requirements on their website, then call the admissions department and ask them directly.
Step 2 - Plan Ahead
When putting together your portfolio, make sure you have plenty of time. Do not attempt to do this at the last minute. You will need to rearrange your photos many times before you are satisfied with the finished product. You will also need to make sure you have enough photos to represent your artistic talents. Some of the preparation time may require you to go out and take additional photographs.
Step 3 - Prepare Your Portfolio
Start to arrange your photographs and prepare your portfolio. The portfolio should be a combination of a variety of photographs that depict different talents and different techniques you have used to take the photograph. You should be able to show how you use backgrounds, how you apply different lighting techniques to the photographs, and how you utilize different lenses to apply a different feel or to show a different context within your photograph.
Step 4 - Adhere with Tape
Take out your non acid tape and begin to place the photographs down on your album. Place them one at a time and do not rush. How you put your portfolio together tells the school just as much about you as an artist as the photographs do.
Step 5 - Put your Resume Together
While your resume is usually submitted along with everything else, it is always good to leave a page free for your resume. Add the resume to the portfolio. It is usually a good idea to place it at the end of the portfolio. Pay attention to detail when you write your resume. Talk about your experience, your volunteer work and your photo editing capabilities. Talk about what your aspirations and goals are. Paint a picture with your words, like you do with your photographs.