As a graphic designer today, you probably work solely using digital tools, and only ever present your portfolio to prospective clients on a screen. But unless you specialize entirely in web-based projects, it's likely that most of the briefs you work on are ultimately destined to be realized in physical printed form.
But do the photos you take for your portfolio really show your print projects off at their very best? Read our guide to taking pictures of printed design work and you'll have your portfolio looking top notch in no time.
How to Take Photographs for a Design Portfolio
For anyone working in print design, tangible qualities such as paper stock, printing techniques, textures and finishes all form an integral part of what makes your work stand out from the competition. In this case, clearly a few screen shots from Photoshop or InDesign are never going to effectively communicate the quality of your creative output to potential clients.
What do you want to say?
As with the design itself, you'll need to choose an appropriate creative direction for your photographs before starting work. What do you want your portfolio to communicate about you as a designer? Are you a clinical minimalist? Or a neo-classicist? A retro-futurist? Or a folksy whimsicalist? Do you want to show your work in situ, as it's intended to be seen and interacted with by users? Or would you prefer to keep things totally pared back so viewers can concentrate 100% on the work?
How you answer these questions will dictate many of the choices you'll make from here on in.