Posts tagged Portfolio
2011 Retrospective Book

As I mentioned in my 2011 Retrospective blog at the end of the year, I put together a book of all my favourite photos of the year (as I do every year). I use Blurbto get my books printed, and I have to say on this occasion they've really out done themselves!

I had a 25% discount voucher that needed to be used up by the end of 2011, so I submitted my order on the 31st December. I'm shocked that it's now the 6th of January, and I have the book in my hands. With a 2 day shipping service, that's a 4 day turnaround... over the new year period! Combined with the price, I really can't find any reason to go anywhere else!

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I'm gonna have a little rant, but I need to get this off my chest. I hate this modern obsession with abbreviating everything. People are far too lazy these days. I understand that 10 years ago, mobile phones only had number keypads, and that it took ages to type out text, but now we have qwerty keyboards on everything, so it's just lazy and stupid. My two biggest gripes from people shortening "photographer" and "portfolio" to "tog" and "port" respectively.

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One of the most important ways of learning and developing ones skills as a photographer, or indeed any other profession, is to be critiqued. Unfortunately, in the professional photography industry, there aren't that many people to be critiqued by.

It's not that there aren't plenty of people out there with an opinion, far from it! But you won't learn much if all people are doing is praising you all the time, (your mum is genetically programmed to think you're amazing!). It helps for people to say what they don't like about an image, or how they think it should be improved. It's also preferable to be critiqued by people with some form of photographic standing, especially if they're the type of person you aspire to be or work with.

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