Transitioning from an amateur to a professional photographer is an exciting endeavor that takes an incredible amount of preparation and dedication. As you begin to mature in your photography career, there are numerous steps and important tips to keep in mind to ensure your success. David Berkowitz of Chicago, a professional sports and wilderness photographer, recommends the following:
1. Keep diversity in mind. Make sure that you include multiple types of shots in your portfolio. Using images that look incredibly similar in composition will fail to look as impressive as a portfolio that shows a depth and variety in your talent.
2. Be certain that each photo in your portfolio has earned its place. Looking toward colleagues and friends whose opinion you trust is key here. Each photograph in your portfolio should be impressive and elicit a “wow” response from everyone who looks at them. Anything less than your most stunning work simply does not belong in your portfolio.
3. Leave the impression in your presentation. The first photograph in your portfolio must be some of your strongest work because your viewer will go no further if your first photo does not leave an excellent impression. This is also true of the very last photograph. Of course, every photograph must be of your highest quality, but the first and last photographs are what will stick in your viewer’s mind the most clearly.
4. Include both print and digital portfolios for your viewer. Print tends to be recommended, as the final say of photography is in print form. However, a digital portfolio may prove useful to you when you need a quick and convenient way to show a potential editor your work.