By Danielle Ashley Burke, PRC Workshop Assistant
Sequencing and editing a portfolio is one of the most important, daunting, and occasionally confusing things a photographer can do. From novice to professional everyone must make portfolio selections at some point, which is one reason it is great to get first hand information from a professional who has been doing so for decades. For me, signing up to be the workshop assistant for Ernesto Bazan’s Sequencing and Editing Workshop through the PRC could not have come at a better time. I had just graduated from photography school and was eager to get a fresh set of eyes on my work.
The nine of us in the course were told ahead of time to bring 30 images to be critiqued (whether it be 30 from one series, or 30 images we considered to be our best work). Ernesto was able to give each person a great amount of time going over each and every image. He promised to be critical but constructive in order to help us improve and he definitely delivered.
Throughout the weekend he taught us all to watch for distracting elements and instilled in us that for each and every image we must “justify the full frame.” By the end of the weekend, we were able to assist in critique by pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of each other’s work. It was refreshing to see that by the second day those of us who were showing our work could even edit out images of our own that we knew weren’t strong enough to make the cut.
I believe that everyone was able to take home a lot of valuable information from this workshop and gain a foundational knowledge for making portfolio selections in the future. While it may always be difficult to edit your own work, with the right perspective we should all be able to succeed.
Workshop Photos by Bimal Nepal
Bimal Nepal, an attendee of this workshop and PRC member, is an award-winning photographer based in Cambridge, MA. His work has been appeared in National Geographic, numerous websites and blogs, news media and stock portfolios including iStockphoto and Corbis Images. He specializes in photojournalism, documentary photography, and environmental portraiture. He currently works as fashion and model photographer at InterFace, Boston and as a contributing photojournalist for Demotix, a London-based news agency.