The Portfolio provides an opportunity for NCP members to develop their photographic skills and techniques. It is usually offered every 2 years, 2017 being the most recent.
The project calls for members to develop a portfolio of their work. While a portfolio is often interpreted to be a variety of photographs displaying the photographer’s skills in different areas, this exercise is intended to be a project with images presenting a cohesive theme, for example:
This is not like the Club’s monthly competitions, where awards are given. It is in fact the antithesis of this process. This is an opportunity for members to take on a project, develop their own theme and to receive feedback from fellow club members as their portfolio is being developed. It is suitable for every level of photographer from beginner to advanced, as long as they bring their best efforts to it.
Meetings are usually held once each month from around April to October and are coordinated by the Portfolio Leader, who will also provide guidance and advice. At the meetings, each participant displays their work at whatever stage it is, and presents their ideas for its further development. The rest of the group offers opinions, suggestions, feedback. This feedback is the mainstay of the process and previous participants have been generous in their praise of the how this camaraderie infused their positive outcomes. Completed portfolios are exhibited to the club at Portfolio Night in November, which is always a wonderful evening.
Doing a portfolio is a challenging but most rewarding experience. So before you decide to do one, be warned: it is a very demanding process with the rewards gained commensurate with the effort expended.
Keep in mind that any or all of the above suggestions could and maybe should be overturned during discussion of YOUR portfolio.