Include Only Your Best Work In Any Photography Portfolio
Property Photography Portfolio – Introduction
By now, you should have a fair idea of what is expected and how to go about photographing a property. What you now need to do is get yourself known and start working.
First of all, you must a have a decent portfolio of images to show prospective clients and these must include property shots. It is a kind of chicken and egg situation but is easily rectified.
As discussed before, you can approach friends or family and ask to photograph their properties inside and out. As payment to them, offer to give a CD with all the images on for free and as thanks for them allowing you to start your portfolio.
If this is not possible, ask a neighbour or current work colleague and offer the same terms, free pictures. Maybe even do a commercial property or two (shop or warehouse), to add diversity to your talents.
Once you have one or two properties under your belt, process them to the hilt to get them looking their absolute best, and then print them at A4 or A3 (10×8 or 18×12) and add them to your property photography portfolio.
Before sending to a lab, make sure they are immaculate;
- Sharpen them, but not too much
- Increase to 300DPI – RGB
- Upsize to 20-50MB TIFF files using Genuine Fractals from OnOne software if you have it (if not, just save as the largest TIFF or JPEG file possible).
Note: Genuine Fractals is an incredible program that you can use as a plug in for Photoshop. It allows you to upsize and increase the pixel count in your images up to 800% for huge prints. I normally keep to under 200% and the results are great and very professional. A recommended tool for ALL photography.
When you receive the prints, first of all, stand back in awe at the quality of your prints and outstanding training ; )
Next, you need to keep your property photography portfolio safe from sunlight and constant handling. I suggest an A3 professional artist’s portfolio holder similar to the one shown below. It will hold both A4 and A3 images.
Property Photography Portfolio
Check out these companies for reference;
- www.silverprint.co.uk (polyester print sleeves, portfolio boxes, archival mounting board and much more)
- www.dw-view.com (slide masks)
- www.plasticsandwich.com (top quality portfolio cases)
- www.aluminiumcases.com (for bespoke aluminium portfolio cases)
Not only will it keep your images safe and well protected, but it also looks professional when you arrive at a meeting with potential clients.
Just for good measure, do the same with some of your finest wedding, portrait, landscape and commercial images if you have any. It won’t hurt to include them and shows people that you have more than one string to your bow! Could well lead to more work too.
As well as a “hard copy”, get yourself an online presence too. If you don’t have a website already, either get one or use a free hosting service such as www.photo.net, www.photobucket.com or www.pbase.com where you can showcase your work for free!
There are literally hundreds of these hosting sites so have a surf online, and see which one suits you best. Some look very professional indeed.
Lastly, I recommend that you downsize your entire portfolio to around 20-50KB each, to be able to quickly email it to prospective clients. The better prepared you are, the more professional you look. Speed is of the essence in photography nowadays, you can rest assured people will have asked for a few quotes and/or portfolios. If yours arrives quickly, you are off to a good start.
With more and more people buying Digital SLR’s, it is important to showcase only your best work, and prove that not just anyone can do it, regardless of how good their camera is.
If you want to get technical with your Property Photography Portfolio, why not use an iPod Touch or an iPad to show off your work to potential clients. Portable, classy, impressive with amazing screen resolution!