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pep

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Looking through my profile, I had 8 images of a model I shot, several different looks (images didn't all look the same or of a certain style / pose) anyway.. I deleted some so I've just 5 or 6... I'm my mind it keeps my portfolio balanced...

- Can a portfolio have too many of one model / pose or style?
- Quality or quantity? How do you decide numbers & what to upload?

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 NoNoizePhotography



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RE: how many is to many? Nov 21, 2016 8:59am

quoting post from pep:

Looking through my profile, I had 8 images of a model I shot, several different looks (images didn't all look the same or of a certain style / pose) anyway.. I deleted some so I've just 5 or 6... I'm my mind it keeps my portfolio balanced...

- Can a portfolio have too many of one model / pose or style?
- Quality or quantity? How do you decide numbers & what to upload?

P



Portfolio balancing is a difficult issue as you have to show your style as a photographer and show off the ones you like best, sometimes the model/photographer combo is spot on and that's what you need to show which could just 2 or 3 images. I've often uploaded 10 - 15 images of one model just because I thought they were good pics, then after a week or two I remove half of them as they all looked samey (is samey a word?).

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RE: how many is to many? Nov 21, 2016 9:07am

'samey' I reckon it could be a word... if OED lets in some of the terms it does..

I agree with balance.... and sometimes struggled with an image in B&W v Colour... so post both up & then delete the one that gets fewest views...

Do think having too many of one can make a profile unbalanced or worse...

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 NoNoizePhotography



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RE: how many is to many? Nov 21, 2016 9:19am

quoting post from pep:

'samey' I reckon it could be a word... if OED lets in some of the terms it does..

I agree with balance.... and sometimes struggled with an image in B&W v Colour... so post both up & then delete the one that gets fewest views...

Do think having too many of one can make a profile unbalanced or worse...


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 Ace



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RE: how many is to many? Nov 21, 2016 5:04pm

Good topic!

I try to limit any shoot to a max of 3 images in my portfolio unless the shots look radically different, as though they could have been shot on a different day. If you have lots of different outfits for example.

On another site, I limit my portfolio to 50 shots, after that viewers lose the will to live. If I add a new photograph, I take an old one out.



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pep

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RE: how many is to many? Nov 22, 2016 5:09am

50 is definitely a broad portfolio & should give models a full idea of our capabilities.

I tend to think 30 is really about the right number especially if we can be critical of our own work & just put up the best images.

Little ruins a portfolio, and makes a negative impression of us as a photographer, like a mass upload of poorly crafted images... though even worse, imho, and back to my first post: uploading an entire session of one model that shows little photographic craft or appreciation...

In general I think it's best to keep to less than 10 images from any one model, regardless of the number of sessions I've shot with them.. & then pick only what I consider to be the best variety from the sessions.

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