Portfolio Reviews F.A.Q.

Portfolio Reviews are sold in blocks of 5, 8, or 12 reviews and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. After registering for your reviews, you will be contacted to rank your reviewers in order of preference to ensure that each participant is scheduled with whom they are most interested in seeing.

Please note that if you are able to attend the Festival for a limited number of days we will make every effort to accommodate your schedule.  Please see the reviewers schedules in their bios.

What happens after I register?

 
You will be contacted by a Filter Photo representative within 24-48 hours after you register for your reviews. You will be asked to submit your reviewer preferences in order from 1-15, 1 being who you would like to see the most. The date you register holds your place in line and priority is given to those who register early. Schedules will be released by late August / early September.
 

How do I present my portfolio?

 
The best way to present your work is loose prints inside a clamshell portfolio box. Time is valuable while being reviewed and you want to be sure you can easily access each print and have the ability to edit as your review is being conducted.
 

How many images are in a portfolio and what size should they be?

 
A typical portfolio is comprised of tightly edited images in a project or series of 15-20 prints. Take into consideration what the final print size would be for exhibiting and if it is easy to carry and handle. You will be given a standard 6ft table to present your work to the reviewer and most people show prints between 8×10 to 16×20.
 

How should I best prepare for my review?

 
The best way to have the most success with your reviews is to practice and research. Be sure you are meeting with a reviewer who is interested in your work. A good way to ensure this is to read his or her bio and research what type of work they generally exhibit or publish. By practicing your presentation beforehand you can make the most of your 20 minute review. Be sure to allow enough time to speak about your work and have sufficient time for the reviewer to critique and give advice.
 

What should I bring?

 
To make the most out of your review you should plan to bring leave behinds or a promotional piece that has current contact information and an image from your project or series that is being reviewed. It is also important that this piece is easy to take with them and can easily fit in a standard folder or envelope. Bringing a pen and pad of paper is also very useful to take down information during your review.

For additional information and helpful articles check out the links below

 

How to Nail a Portfolio Review by Jennifer Schwartz

The Filter Photo Festival: From Both Sides of the Table Part One by Aline Smithson, LENSCRATCH

The Filter Photo Festival: From Both Sides of the Table Part Two by Grant Gill and Sarah Stankey, LENSCRATCH

For additional questions please email info@filterfestival.com