Saw a question on Twitter that got me thinking...this is probably a problem that other photographers run into.

If I have a portfolio meeting and don't want to show the usual portfolio full of prints covered in gross, plastic sleeves, what alternatives do I have? The goal is to put new prints into some kind of presentation box or 3-ring binder, but this is just a temporary solution - it needs to be something available quickly at Samys Camera or somewhere similar.

What is the best way to display a physical portfolio without using plastic sleeves?


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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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    \$\begingroup\$ Exactly what I was about to suggest, Nick. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 24, 2011 at 20:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ This is also what I do. I have used Macbooks to do this for years. I just use Lightroom on slideshow mode. \$\endgroup\$
    – dpollitt
    Aug 24, 2011 at 20:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ Plus, the iPad still draws attention. I suspect it also can help your customer think you are technically capable and know how to handle your digital camera. \$\endgroup\$
    – cmason
    Aug 24, 2011 at 20:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you do go with an iPad, Datacolor's new SpyderGallery app would be worth looking into, for accurate color display. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Aug 24, 2011 at 22:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think using a tablet is a great idea..."physical portfolio" to me would be anything brought to an in-person meeting that someone can hold and browse through themselves. Technically, this means laptops would count, too, but the tactile nature of the iPad makes it much more suited to flipping through a portfolio. :) I imagine not everyone shares this opinion, but there's a huge difference to me, on many levels, between a laptop and a touch-screen tablet. \$\endgroup\$
    – Laura
    Aug 25, 2011 at 14:16

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