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A portfolio is a collection of your very best photographs. There are typically two modes for presenting a portfolio, namely online and prints. The use for them will depend on what you are wanting to use the portfolio, but let me give a few key pointers. The portfolio probably should not consist of more than 10 pictures, at least for an initial portfolio. ...


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Give a try to Piwigo : this is an open source photo gallery software. It includes many features such as hierarchical albums, tags, search, browse by date or in a map, EXIF/IPTC support, additional features with 150+ plugins, change appearance with themes... A few examples made with Piwigo: S├ębastien Tarrajat animals and landscapes Audrey & Julien - ...


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Flickr is definitely a good fit for what you're after: It's public by default (unlike Facebook which tends to be private). It's huge: it definitely ticks your "mass public" box. It has excellent social features that make it very easy to interact with new users (people you don't already know) and get your photos seen. It doesn't over-compress your images ...


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Yes, someone could do that. That is called Time for print. "Time for print (also known as trade for print or test for print, TFP and sometimes also print for time or PFT) is a term used in many online photography communities describing an arrangement between a model and a photographer, whereby the photographer agrees to provide the model with an ...


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An alternative to Flickr is 500px.com. I like the fact that users can provide a rating on any uploads and how you display your photos is more flexible than Flickr


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This is a bit 'outside the box', but how about using an iPad or some similar tablet device? You can show as many or as few photos as you want, there are no fiddly plastic sleeves, and it takes up very little space.


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My favorites are ProPhoto and RawFolio. Both of these are going to cost you money up front and both of them have self hosting options. They even have the option to install the software for you if you decide that is the path you want to follow. You will find that the ProPhoto blog is used across the photography industry. It is hard not to run into this ...


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IANAL, but I do have a lawyer that I consult with in my own photography business, and his legal opinion to me for my photography business was that the public has no right to an expectation of privacy when in a public place, or at an event 'where photography is a common and expected thing' (e.g. a birthday party, wedding or other similar event), so as long as ...


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Fine-art photographers typically create a 'portfolio' on some thematic ground or other--in this context, the photographs in it might in some ways play a part in the whole rather than being the very best the photographer has taken. This is sort of like a writer approaches a book--a meditation of sorts on some 'topic' that unifies the images. I use quotes on ...


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People who were new to photography showcased what they did on a much smaller and local scale, often limited to friends an colleagues. But a number of magazines, newspapers, and other groups did run photo contests, often with prizes for best photos. Many were national and many were local. Some cities have local photo clubs. Some community galleries would ...


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It's called a tear sheet. Newspapers can usually supply this a a vector PDF but when my photo was published in a magazine, i only received the actual tear sheets and no digital files.


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The Nikon D40 is absolutely capable of delivering excellent portfolio worthy images. If you want to continue to use that body, I highly recommend sending it in to Nikon for a cleaning and a general checkup. If sand did enter any parts of the body, continuing to use it could just cause more issues. As another user pointed out, a great lens to start with ...


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The optimal size depends on a lot of things. The intended audience, the quality of your work, the license you use and the watermark if applicable. Most of my professional friends limit themselves to about 600x600 to avoid illegal copying. This obvisously limits the ability to appreciate photographic details but this is the one I chose too because people ...


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Honestly, Google+ is becoming a fantastic place to showcase photos. It seems to be mostly inhabited by photographers, and the community is huge.


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It sounds as if the problems related to the fall in the sand are confined to the lens. Try another lens, if you can afford it. The Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX is a "normal" fast prime on the D40, and Nikon is soon to release a 50mm f/1.8G that will autofocus with the D40.


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A second hand 18-55mm can be obtained very cheaply. The later versions have Vibration Reduction (VR). Consider it an opportunity to upgrade, if you have some cash. When it first came out, Nikon couldn't make enough of the 18-200 VR to keep up with demand. It's probably a good match for a D40.


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Wordpress is probably going to be the standard blogging service that is the most widely recommended. It is very scalable and gives options specific to photos if that is what you are interested in. You have two basic options when you choose Wordpress, one is to have wordpress.com host your website and content, another is two download it from wordpress.org and ...


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I recommend Tumblr. It isn't limited to posting only photos, and you can purchase additional themes (there are also free ones). It's also possible to link your own domain to it (like www.myphotography.com) instead of the standard name.tumblr.com. The Tumblr hosting is free, and it's very easy to use, but it doesn't include space for your photos. You'll ...


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This is a legal question which you should ask a lawyer to be certain. Given that SmugMug is in the middle, you may want to check with their terms of service, too. The particular legalities will depend on where you live and where the photos are hosted. As a general rule, if you have to ask then you should get one. On the other hand, the likelihood that you ...


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My original recommendation was RedCart. I was thinking that they did have a non-flash based option for mobile users. Unfortunately at this time they do not. They have promised that as an option with or right after version 4, which is slated for February 2013. Since that is still down the road, you might want to hold off. I still really like RedCart and ...


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I haven't tried it myself (I use Flickr) but I've heard good things about Stacey. Personally I use blosxom as my blog and Stacey seems to have a similar philosophy.


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If you just want a very simple way of displaying photos on the web you could give picasa a try. Not the Google hosted service but the "export as html page" option in the folder menu. This then generates static html files which can be put on any web server without requiring any server side scripting or a database.


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Given the standard IANAL disclaimer, this is not a scenario in which I've ever heard of one obtaining releases. I know that many wedding, and event, photographers include clauses in their contracts that specify that a photographer will use images for portfolio or other promotional purposes, but I've not heard of anyone obtaining a release from event guests. ...


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http://500px.com/ - Is a newer, more professional oriented photo site (similar in some ways to flickr). It has a blogging and networking component to it. The blog posts allow to upload photos to the posts as well as tags and geo-tags. I was quite pleased with it, as well as the quality of photographers frequenting the site. It also gives you a unique, but ...


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DeviantART is my favorite site to publish photos and get feedback as well. It has a great interface, active huge community, accepts all kinds of art not just photography, and most importantly it has "groups" which is simply a gathering of people for a topic may it be general as "photography" or specific to just one type of photography. And the forums are ...


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1x.com is another alternative. It's a bit more exclusive - each image must be approved - but you can get more in-depth critique than at most sites (where you get mostly "nice shot" or "love this!"). I don't know how well-known it is, and you can't just upload all your stuff there, as it has to be approved, but worth a look.


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I'm assuiming you mean things like headshots, fashion, and nudes when you say 'modelling' so with a budget of 850 dollars you won't be able to afford a camera and lights ideal for that. However there are many techniques you can learn to save on expensive equipment. Ordinary house windows make excellent lighting sources that offer a flattering sideways light ...


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Another couple of open source, maintained and self-hosted options: Plogger Zenphoto I'm currently deciding which to go with for my self-hosted photo gallery.



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