With the help of some good friends and a bit of luck, you can make a great impression even when you’re trying to avoid looking like a complete asshole.
And it doesn’t matter how big or small your portfolio is, you’ll always look better with a professional photographer.
Here are eight tips for how to make a photo career even better.
Always use a professional photo editor.
“If I want to use a photo for my portfolio, I’ll go into the office and have them make a decision,” says Michael Rochat, a photo editor and digital content specialist who has worked for companies including The Huffington Post and CNN.
“But I’ll usually go into my portfolio with a personal photo editor.”
Always have the right tone and mood for your portfolio.
“A professional photographer knows how to work with tone, mood and lighting,” says Rochatt.
“He knows how much he can change and how much the photo will look the same.”
Use the right filters for your photos.
The best way to avoid getting your work stolen is to choose the right filter for your image.
“You want to take a picture with a lot of light,” says Rhiannon Brown, a digital content expert who specializes in digital content.
“Don’t have a filter that is too dark, too dark and too light.”
Brown also recommends the use of the HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, which makes your images appear sharper.
Use your phone’s camera app to help you create the right mood for the photo.
“Just don’t overdo it,” says Brown.
“I always use a phone camera app, but I always do my own editing.
If I don’t, I feel like I’m wasting my time.”
Use a different color for each image.
The photo can always be altered to better match the subject.
For example, brown says, a blue shirt might be better for a shirtless shot.
Brown also suggests changing colors in your portfolio for each shot.
“The way I edit, the way I work with my portfolio is by changing colors,” she says. “So I don