Choosing Portfolio Images
As you know, I was recently excited to announce the first phase completion of the myPhotoWalk Smugmug Devotional Photography Portfolio. myPhotoWalk Devotional Photography, the photography of God’s great creation (Psalm 19:1 NKJV), is a ministry outreach project of Quiet Time Ministries, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit interdenominational ministry, and sponsor of myPhotoWalk — Google+ Community.
The myPhotoWalk SmugMug Press Release is posted on myPhotoWalk — Google+ Community and other social media, including a featured portfolio image of all the galleries — Seacoast, Hawaii, The Grand Circle, Tuscany, Klamath Falls, Mojave Sonoran Desert, Wildlife, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Sedona, Glacier National Park, Zion National Park. I think you’ll love Devotional Photography Style!
How do I go about choosing portfolio images?
- My choice of a portfolio image reflects my purpose for sharing the images in the first place. I want others to catch a glimpse of the glory of God’s creation and His beauty in His handiwork. I want people to look at the photo and experience for themselves what I felt when I was right there shooting the shot — the emotion of the moment. I choose images that help others savor the beauty of the Lord that is all around them even though they may not realize it.
- The creative and technical details of a portfolio image are extremely important to me. I am not aiming for tourist snapshots of locations. Not at all. I want each image to reflect good composition so those who view the image will be able to experience the beauty I saw when I was there. I want each photo to tell a story. And of course, it goes without saying that the image needs to be clear and capture the light with ideal settings for ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Of course, getting those superior captures takes a lifetime of learning and practice and experience. I’ve got a lot to learn. But that’s the joy and exhilaration of photography!
- I pay as much attention to post-processing my images as capturing the image. The post-processing of each portfolio image should be unique and individual, but, for me, always starts with Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop, then follows with such great software options as Nik Software, Topaz Software, OnOne Software, and RadLab Software to bring out the passion of the shot.
- I select portfolio images as something I would want for myself as a work of art — something I would proudly display in my home or place of work. myPhotoWalk SmugMug allows me to purchase custom prints of spectacluar photo finishes and Giclée canvas, elegant photo cards, and even stylish photo coffee mugs for my daily Starbucks.
I’ll never forget the evening I captured the photo I’ve titled The Magnificent Promises of God in Florence, Italy. This is a view of the Ponte Alla Carraia, connecting the Piazza Carlo Guidoni and the Lungarno Guicciardini thoroughfare two bridges northwest of the famous and often photographed Ponte Vecchio. As my husband and I were strolling alongside the Arno River after dinner, I noticed the water was high and still. What immediately caught my eye was that the reflections of the cloudy sky and old world architecture were crystal clear. I had a choice. Keep walking or stop and seize the moment. Those with a passion for photography just can’t help themselves. They must stop and begin capturing images through the lens. I must have captured at least 500 images that beautiful evening as, moment by moment, the sun set and the light changed in small increments. I love many of those images, but this is one of my favorites. I think it best captures the timeless beauty of Florence, Italy, and the serene atmosphere of the evening. It is, to me, worthy to become a portfolio image in my Tuscany gallery.
I hope you like it!
♥ Blessings and Grace to You!
- Title: The Magnificent Promises of God
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- Description: Ponte Alla Carraia, Arno River, Florence, Tuscany, Italy.
- Creator: Catherine Martin
- Date Created: 05/16/11
- Camera: Nikon D7000 18.0-105.0mm — FL 30.0mm, ISO 800, f/4.2, 1/30sec.
- Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk PhotoShoot in Florence, Italy.
- Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Software, OnOne Software.
- Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
Psalm 19:1 NKJV — A Psalm of David — The heavens declare the glory of God.
Copyright © 2017 Catherine Martin — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.