Last week, I wrote about websites and social media. This week, I’m going to talk about creating a portfolio, and submitting to juries. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.
ABOVE: David McDonough, Nightwatch, mixed media, 16 x 20 x 2.5 inches
Creating a Portfolio
- Your images are important. If you can’t shoot them properly, hire someone who can.
- If you do shoot your own work, make sure you always do so with a tripod.
- Shoot in natural light if you can. Play around with other light sources if you can’t.
- If possible, shoot with an external flash. Your camera’s built in flash will not do.
- Shoot each piece many times with many (if not all) your camera’s settings. Pick the best ones.
- Get Photoshop (or an equivalent) and learn how to use it.
- The order in which you place your images matters.
Submitting to Juries
- Juried shows and fairs are a great way to build your resume. When starting out, they are obligatory.
- You should apply to many, but be weary of online competitions. I only apply to them if they’re free.
- Pay close attention to a show’s theme/subject matter (if they have one).
- A standard application includes: bio, statement, resume and 5-10 images. Have someone proof-read your written materials, and make sure your images are sized according to the juries’ requirements.
- Artistry is subjective, consistency is not. Ten good images of a similar theme are better then ten excellent images of different themes.
- Accept rejection. It will happen.