About the Portfolios

Portfolios are sets of images based on a given topic. They are a fun activity to encourage members to try something different, outside their photographic comfort zone with the added bonus of hopefully improving our camera skills! You don’t need a fancy camera, the challenge is to make best use of what you have, use different settings or even use a mobile phone.

In addition to the conventional ‘themed’ approach to presenting images as portfolios, it was suggested that showing a Panel of images may help to encourage greater participation  and allow  a more ‘artistic’ freedom of approach to presenting images to fellow members.

So, as in previous years, in the two club evenings dedicated to this part of the programme, members are asked to introduce their images and describe how they have interpreted the topic. The images are not judged.

The form of presentation is entirely the choice of the individual. It can be a series of prints, digital projected images, a ‘collage’ type display or perhaps a book.

A panel of Images:  a collection/set of images that represent a theme of your choice. There are no rules – anything goes! They can be projected images  – using other methods of display though (prints/’mood board’/book/collage) always enhances the approach though.

Portfolios are sets of images based on a given topic and each portfolio should have between 6 and 8 images. At the beginning of the club year each member is randomly allocated a topic however,  if another topic is preferable to the one randomly allocated, members are very welcome to choose another and present this in whatever form they feel appropriate to the subject chosen.

For 2021, the Panel/Portfolio presentations will take place on September 30th and October 7th. Nearer the time, Members will be asked to nominate which evening they would like to present their portfolio.

The topics are: Collections; Flat-Lays; Mirror Images; Spectacular Silhouettes; Up with the Larks and Nature’s Abstracts.

In previous years’ each member is randomly allocated a topic however, based on the Zoom Poll taken recently, members are invited to either:

  • Choose their own topic (not seen in the list below)
  • Choose one of the topics below or
  • Be allocated a topic from the list above. Those members opting for this choice need make this known.

For help on how to approach your Panel and/or Portfolio and some guidance on presenting it, a Word document is available and will be sent out to members with their topic. This is also available here: