No announcement yet.

Retouching Portfolio Advice

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Retouching Portfolio Advice

    Hey everyone,

    Just looking for some advice on how to put a portfolio together. A lot of job opportunities obviously ask for a portfolio to be submitted usually in PDF form. I'm wondering roughly how many images you would recommend to put in the portfolio? I'm very conscious of putting too many in - my initial thought was to include maybe 10 to 15? 15 seems maybe too many but I thought I'd just throw this out there to you guys to see what you think.

    Also, is it necessary to include before/after examples for every image? I would prefer to not include before images but again, what are your thoughts/recommendations on this?

    Any advice would be very much appreciated.


  • #2
    Re: Retouching Portfolio Advice

    Probably not the best suited for answering this properly since I am kind of in the same position as you are. However, I think a PDF of 5-10 images is enough to get the idea across. I also might include maybe like 1 or 2 before and afters if you really have to. I am kind of curious to see what other people think too.


    • #3
      Re: Retouching Portfolio Advice

      Not a retoucher, but I've interviewed many retouchers, and they virtually all have said they'd require before/after. But there's no reason to include hi-rez versions of either, just 72ppi is fine for a PDF. If you like you can include something like "full rez available on request" or similar.

      Sort your examples by category, and make sure you have categories that match both your and their primary interests. Two different examples of each should suffice, as long as they show different things.
      Learn by teaching
      Take responsibility for learning


      • #4
        Re: Retouching Portfolio Advice

        Sometimes you don't realise a shots been retouched if it's done really well (depending on the type retouching required). I work for photographers who want it to look like they've got the shot right in camera. In cases like this I think you definitely need the before images.

        Regarding quantity I think less is defiantly better.

        A good point Doug makes about categories. I have completely separate portfolios for architectural exteriors, interiors, food shots, small product shots and large product shots.
        I can then approach clients and show a portfolio tailored to their needs.


        Related Topics


        • Maximilianr
          Ecommerce retouching portfolio
          by Maximilianr
          a potential client requested a before and after retouching portfolio for a ecommerce retouching position, but I never retouched any ecommerce work before. Is there any way I can get some help finding some unedited images to work on?

          Also I shoot a lot of test with models in lingerie...
          08-19-2014, 08:03 AM
        • jon@pixelphix
          Crit on my portfolio
          by [email protected]
          HI there! If people would be so kind to have a look at website and comment on the content, structure ,quality of work etc i'd be really appreciative. Looking at it from a potential client point of view. Was going to do a big mail out but thought it wood be good to get some professional input first!...
          12-04-2008, 03:48 AM
        • bcnretouch
          celebrities in portfolio-
          by bcnretouch
          Hi everyone,

          I am in the process of setting up my portfolio and have a question. I have a number of celebrity images that I want to include. I have permission from the photographer but obviously I can't show before and afters on my site. Is there any way that I can provide interested...
          11-15-2011, 07:24 AM
        • madscientist
          some queastions on building a portfolio
          by madscientist
          Hey everyone,

          I'm planning on building an online portfolio of my retouch & design work.. and attach a blog and some other pages to that as well.. I definitely want to make it in wordpress.. still looking for a nice theme

          a few Q's

          1) What would be...
          02-24-2012, 05:24 AM
        • Retouch1234
          Putting together a Portfolio
          by Retouch1234
          Hey everyone.

          I hope this is the right area to post this so if it isn't apologies!

          I am a senior high end photographic retoucher who has predominately been full-time in my career.
          I am heading off into the world of freelance and have already asked to provide a portfolio...
          03-29-2015, 06:58 AM