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Building Your Portfolio for Beginners

Updated: Feb 4, 2022

LeTony W. Hadnot Jr.

Just got a camera? Looking to make a little extra cash but don't have content to showcase your experience? Well, I think I may just have a solution for you. Here, I'll give you a few tips on how to build your portfolio so that you can start showing off great content immediately! So without all the extra spill, keep reading to see how.

Practice, Practice, Practice

So yea, this seems pretty obvious, but it's true. Get to know your camera before showing off the your work. You just don't wanna start putting anything out there, you wanna give your best. Learn everything you can about your camera. Figure out several combinations with all the different settings to yield the best results on your journey to becoming the phenomenal photographer you aim to be. Use plenty of aids in this process (i.e. books, Youtube, online courses, etc.)

Figure out your niche

Ok so once you learn what you're working with, you'll eventually figure out what you like and don't like when you're out shooting. This is especially helpful when posting your work because then, the audience that you're targeting will begin to recognize the work that you do. You may enjoy portraits, scenery, nature and so on. Maybe even a combination of them all, but whatever the case, just be sure to display what it is that you love. You never want to be put in a position to get hired to do something you really don't enjoy, because in the end, the quality of your work will reflect that.


This may just be the most important step. Reach out to those whose work you admire. Attend meetups or schedule TFP shoots. Shadow someone who maybe a little more seasoned. Take pictures when you're arounnd friends and family. There are so many ways to connect with other like-minded individuals who could benefit you while trying to build up your portfolio. You just have to try.

Use the Internet to Your Advantage

In this age of modern technology, you literally carry the world around in your pocket. With that being said, you'll definitely need an outlet to showcase your work, below are several methods.

  • Websites

  • Photography & Art based netoworks such as 500px or DeviantArt. Some offer premium options so that you don't have to worry about little eyesores such as ads, but there are free services as well

  • Social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter amongst others

Well that's all I have this time around. Hopefully it helps. In the meantime Thanks for visiting, reading and don't forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Peace and Blessings!

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