Your portfolio is a collection of 20 images shot this semester that show what you have learned and experienced. You should show a good balance between all of the types of photojournalism we have explored – features, news, sports, portraits, packages and event coverage.
Technical excellence should be demonstrated – if it’s not sharp, don’t put it in. If it’s not properly exposed, don’t put it in. Strong compositions and moments are also necessary – these 20 images should stop people in their tracks, get them to linger and ponder, foster curiosity. Check your captions ruthlessly – you know the format, don’t cut corners or make mistakes. State names should be spelled out and every image must have IDs and contact information. If it does not, that image will not be considered as part of your portfolio.
As for the balance of images, up to five can come from the Georgia National Fair workshop. You can have other packages of up to three images, but you must have at least five stand alone images.
In addition to the 20 images, please include a statement about why each image is in your portfolio. This is a simple document, just a sentence or two on why each images is being included. Think carefully about the images you select and this will come easily – it’ll also prepare you for portfolio critiques as editors will almost always want to know why you included certain images. It should also get you thinking about why you are, in fact, including these images – if you can’t articulate it clearly and concisely, why is it in here/
For those of you finishing the program, your equipment is due back during your exit interview. Please make sure everything is in your kit when you bring it in. I need to clean and check everything to get it ready for the new kids in January, please let me know if there are issues.
As for the deadline … the syllabus says you have until December 13, so the eLC drop box will close at 5 p.m. on that day. As noted in the email I sent, I need your portfolios prior to your exit interviews. If your portfolio is not in by 5 p.m. on December 10, you will not have an exit interview and I’ll calculate your grade based on the syllabus. (I know, it’s not much of a choice, is it?)