Portfolio book size

Discussion in 'Business of Photography' started by John Di Leo, Jan 9, 2021.

  1. What does the forum think is the most useful and practical portfolio book size?
    The use will be for showing my work to gallery people for possible display. The actual images would likely be a different size, so the book would be for "getting in the door" with those who decide what shows.
    I am thinking US Letter size, but would 11x14 or 13x19 be better? Any advice appreciated.
  2. I made mine 12" X 12" to accommodate portrait and landscape images equally. I would recommend making yours bigger, while 12" X 12" seemed huge when I made it, I'd like 14" or 15" now.
  3. Thanks, Charles. So, you'd recommend square. It that only to avoid turning the book 90 degrees for viewing? Are square books with square pages commercially available, or is it a DIY project?
    Do you think 11x14 or 13x19 would be better as 8.5x11s could be inserted in either portrait or landscape?
  4. I would do it in different sizes depending on what you might make a final print or the format. What are the dimensions of your sensor or perhaps negative? Make your prints in a size big enough to show your skills and keep them in the same relative size ie. if you are using a square format make a square print. 8x8, 10x10, something like that. A 6x7 format if there is one, use those proportions. Keep the sizes small enough that it can be carried and viewed easily.

    Rick H.
  5. I had the book made by Blurb as a pass-around portfolio for use at trade gatherings. it was just so that people didn't have to turn the book. The previous versions had portrait-orientation photos printed sideways on the page. I got tired of watching potential clients flip past a photo just because they couldn't be bothered to turn the book. 99% of my pictures were 2:3 aspect ratio because I crop in the camera (all studio photos) so I can print the entire frame.
  6. Thanks, good info...appreciated
  7. As per my experienced, I will recommend that 13x19 be better for your concern.

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