What is portfolio?

Portfolio basically means "a box for carrying documents," (from Latin, the imperative of portare "to carry" and the plural of folium, meaning a 'a piece for writing upon').

Portfolio Types

Artist's portfolio

An artist's portfolio is an edited collection of artwork intended to showcase an artist's style or method of work. Many people can use portfolios - such as craftsman, authors, photographers, manikins, designers and many more. Typically, the work reflects an artists best work or a depth in one area of work.

Historically, Portfolios were printed out and placed into a book. Since the internet usage is constantly growing, the market is offering several really cool websites that host online portfolios. The online portfolio is easier to access, easier and faster to deliver, and is preferred by employers. The online portfolio is also available to a wider audience.

When creating a portfolio, it is vital to consider your audience. You must consider who will see it, why they are looking at it, and what you are trying to accomplish with it.

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Photography

Photography portfolios are focusing on the author's overall work or a single project. The subject can be an example of photos taken with a given gear, geographic area, story about a person or event, or just making use of a certain type of photography methods (such as b/w portraits or HDR landscapes).
The online portfolio is another way to display your portfolio. Having online portfolio is the best way to show you work to the world with less efford.

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Lookbook

A lookbook is a collection of photographs compiled to show off a model, a photographer, a style, or a clothing line. Online lookbooks (online portfolios) are often used as "fashion diaries" as many bloggers are steadily updating them on a daily basis.

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Graphic Designer Portfolio

Fifty years ago, the graphic designer's portfolio was usually a black book or large binder in which samples of the artist's best printed pieces were carried to show prospective clients or employers. The online portfolio is the most common way to display your work. The online portfolio sites are easy to use, cheap and reliable.

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Source: wikipedia.org

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Online Portfolio examples

Some good online portolios across the web:

Photography online portfolios
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Graphic design online portfolios
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Web design online portfolios
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