On building up my portfolio
This had been a dilemma and also a work in progress for the past two weeks. I just feel like I need to let it out, so I’ll just throw it all in.
I’ve been taking photos, shooting videos, and doing graphics for the past three years. Inside that three years I’ve done work for friends, few clients whom were strangers to me, and creative outputs out of of my very own nutshell. Ever since I saw the pour of outputs I’ve been making, I decided to group them into different websites so that if people would want to hire me for photoshoots they could check my Flickr, if they want to hire me for video shoots and projects they could click away in my Vimeo and Youtube, and for digital pieces they could go here.
I have to admit, back then it seemed very fitting but as time went on I noticed how unprofessional it seemed and that if I really want to leave an impression when people exit my site, they would have second thoughts closing it (getssss haha). Initially the plan was to link all of them here, in my main blog. Besides, this was where everything started. But being the typical hipster that I am (or maybe I just really want it to be professional idk), I feel like exploring other platforms to host my portfolio is a better choice. Or maybe I’ll just find the right choice of layout and code my way through it and stay put with Tumblr as my platform. You can do a ton here anyway, plus it’s easier.
Other than my centralizing my work in a site, I figured that I also need to pick out the best from every media I do. I’ve been subscribed to CharliMarieTV for around a month and I love her videos to death. She’s a graphic designer who provides videos that would help out multimedia digital artists like me. According to one of her videos on creating a portfolio - as tempting as it is, you should never throw all your work in your portfolio. You need to handpick the best ones. Because if you put too much, the other half might be so good but could be that the other half is horrible as well, which results into a neutral impression on your work. Instead of getting hired right away, whoever is looking at it would leave with second thoughts.
I’m on the process of doing it now and I must say, it is very frustrating. Why? Well maybe because, deep down, I know I dont have a specific style to showcase in any of my videos, photos, and graphics. People hire artists for their vision, for their ability to transform an idea from their own creatives. And not from ”how other artists might do it”. You ask your clients how they want it, and it is your job to mold it into something that they know you have the ability to (hence the portfolio). I know I have little experience with client work compared to other artists and honestly, I have zero idea if what I’m saying here is making any sense.
I’ve been rediscovering my senses ever since May and I am doing well. Exploring the world of design more than I used to and I think I may have found myself. I just need another year to rebuild all of it, enough to be published in that online portfolio.
Keeping in mind my “recreating phase”, I came up with a brilliant idea that would help me build a better portfolio. This is to have male as my primary models in shoots. Women are almost always the first choice when you want to do shoots and male photographers had been invading that scene. In some way, I wan to prove that female photographers could also pull it off, but with having men as our models. Dont get me wrong, these male photographers are my ultimate idols and they add so much to my vision of portraiture. Bottom line here is to show that we could also do it and that males as subjects would also be as alluring as females. Right now, I havent seen any female photographers who have done this. If anybody knows somebody please drop me an ask to let me know, because I’d be more than happy to interact with her!
This year had been my very own renaissance era. I’ve been reformatting myself for the past six months and it is obvious that my passions would be a part of that rebirth. I’ve recently included film photography and lomography part of my list to give you an idea of what else is new.
I pray that I come to my goal because right now that I’m working on it, I have never felt so happy and inspired. Aja!
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Trouble with Film Camera
As I have mentioned in my previous blog entry most of my Project 52 shots are found inside my second roll of film with my Canon AE-1. Two days ago I went to our local photo-printing shop to have them printed. To my utter and extreme disappointment my roll was exposed.
I’m not quite sure which I’d be more sad of; the fact that my roll was exposed (hence my Project 52 getting ruined) or a probability that my Canon AE-1 has some problem.
The film I used were “expired” and I’m guessing that that could be a probable cause. I’ve searched the web on what could cause a film to be exposed other than exposing it to light. I’ve found some things mentioning about storage temperature, humidity, etc. I think one of the likely reasons would be that I stored the roll too long inside the camera. But that wasn’t really a problem before, since I have had a roll developed before and it was loads longer inside the camera.
I feel frustrated and greatly saddened. I looked forward into seeing how most of the photos inside turned out, and I get nothing.
I’m about to go out and try another roll of film and see if it’ll work fine then. As for my Project 52, I’m not quite sure what I should do to make it for all the weeks that have gone. But I’ll try to think of something.
And to those who have any idea what I could’ve done wrong with the film or the camera, please let me know. I need help on this one.