How do you know it’s time to clean the house? For me it’s usually when i see a thin layer of dust, or when the dirty clothes pile exceeds the clean clothes pile. Another definition would be when you run out of clean dishes (or start buying disposable because all the regular ones are still dirty. We all have benchmarks that we use to decide when it’s time to “tidy things up”. But – what about your photography portfolio? Do you clean it up regularly?
Over the weekend I decided to clean house on my Flickr presence. My personal collection of photos I’ve shared through Flickr over the past several years is not as big as some peoples – because there are some prodigious photographers online. In fact, I know some people that “publish” every shot they take. While I certainly do not fall into that category, as I sort through some of the shots in the entire portfolio – many today struck me as “yawners”. They didn’t really tell a good story (at least anymore). So why are they still in my portfolio? No longer!
Remember, when you put your work out online, this is a snapshot of the quality of you as a photographer. Do you want everything to be out there? Or do you want to put your best foot forward at all times? For me, I choose the latter. The folks at NAPP have this right because they only let you put your 24 best photos in their online portfolio section. I clearly have at least that, but are they really getting the visibility they need? lately, for me, the answer has been a resounding no. So, it’s time to clean house. When you look at my Flickr Portfolio come Monday morning, it will be much leaner, but hopefully much more professional-looking.
So, what about you? Is Flickr your showcase or your storage?