All posts tagged: Portfolio Review

How to Survive Your Portfolio Review

The 2018 Photoville is in its last days at Brooklyn Bridge Park.  In addition to there being more than 90 photography exhibitions on display, photographers can also sign up for portfolio reviews.  I didn’t find out about the portfolio reviews until late last night by which time all the slots had been filled.  Nevertheless, the Photoville website referenced this short but helpful video full of tips for those who are interested signing up for portfolio reviews wherever they may be.

How to Build a Better Portfolio

How does one create a better portfolio?  Following my portfolio review at the Bronx Documentary Center in February, I’ve been thinking about this question more and more. Jasmine DeFoore, who has over 20 years in the photo industry, offers her helpful advice in this incredibly practical and easy-to-follow guide courtesy of PhotoShelter Blog.  Highly recommended!

The Takeaways

Last week’s portfolio review at the Bronx Documentary Center was both informative and rewarding.  In blocks of 15 minutes each, I met and showed samples of my work to five different photo editors from The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Getty Images.  I joked with a few of them that the experience of moving from table to table after such rapid conversations reminded me of speed dating.  All were very supportive of my photographic work on the Harlem River Valley.  They agreed that I had a solid command of the fundamentals: composition, exposure, clarity, and use of light.  A few commented that I was offering a view of the city that isn’t seen very much and that my passion for this subject was evident in the consistency and scope of my images. At the same time, they each offered instructive criticism of specific images and my portfolio as a whole.  Firstly, it would be wonderful to have more images closer to the waterfront itself.  I have many bridge shots in which the spans …

Upcoming Portfolio Review

This past weekend I registered for a February 23rd portfolio review at the Bronx Documentary Center, which is located in the HUB section of the Bronx just east of 149th Street. I went to my first portfolio review one evening back in 2009 at the School at International Center of Photography.  Reviews were being offered as part of an open house event for photographers interested in enrolling in courses there.  I remember that the gentleman, who looked at my work, was impressed by its scope and content but he encouraged me to purchase a DSLR camera  – so that the quality of my images would be significantly better – and then, to reshoot many of those same subjects.  At the time, I was using my 6 megapixel point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot A700.  His recommendation was perhaps the greatest takeaway for me.  While it was some time before I was able to upgrade my gear, it marked a significant step forward in my photographic development. So, this brings me to this coming Saturday.  I learned about the …