A portfolio is a collection of your best work.

I want you to leave this class with a portfolio of your best work.


Everyone will be making a digital PDF portfolio.

The people who have paid their photo fee will also be creating a printed portfolio.

What your portfolio should consist of:

A - 1/2 vinyl notebook. This is where you will place your cover page, description page, and 10 prints. (not needed for PDF portfolio)

B - Cover page with: the name of your class, your name and class period (this should look professional).

You can find some examples here

C -10 - 15 images. Each image needs to be checked off by me when you think you are finished. These need to be perfect. They need to have good exposure, sharpness, color correction, dodging and burning, etc. Experiment with all of the Photoshop and compositional techniques you have learned in class. Each print needs to be placed in your portfolio.

Try to use one image from each assignment. At least one image needs to be black and white. If for some reason that does not seem possible, check with me first.

D - Printed portfolio (for the people who have paid the photo fee).

I want you to leave the prints in the class until the end of the semester. I will be giving you a portfolio grade at the end of the class.


Same requirements as the printed portfolio, you just won't be printing it.

We will be making this with InDesign. We will go over how to do it in class.


1.Create a portfolio folder in your photo folder.

2.Copy (don't drag) the images you will be including to the portfolio folder (you now have two versions of those files).

3. Open each portfolio file in Photoshop. Be sure it is cropped to the correct size( 5x7). If that aspect ration won't work see me for help.

4.Check and adjust the color and value. Try dodging and burning, try adding a vignette - get the file to look as good as possible.

5. Look at the outside edge of your image. If there are any white or light valued areas, add a black border (see example below of dancer). When in doubt, add the black border.

6. If you have any horizontal images, rotate the canvas to make them vertical (IMAGE>ROTATE CANVAS 90 CW or 90 CCW)

7. When you get to the printer open the files with Photoshop. Check that they are the correct size (have the rulers showing).

8. Have me show you how to print. The goal is to get off of the printer as quickly as possible. A lot of other people need to print.


If your image has white on the edge be sure to put a black border around it so it doesn't bleed into the white paper.

To do this: select all, edit stroke, choose black for the color, 2 or 3 pixels, inside.

Work hard, be obsessed, be the best. Average will get you nowhere.