OK, we’ve had “Backup Tuesday” and now it’s time for “Update Your Portfolio Monday” â” a reminder that it’s time to shake the dust off that portfolio â” see if you have newer, better shots that need to be added. Take a look at the sequence (order) of your images and see if they need changing, see if anything needs to come out, and just make sure everything’s up-to-date.

So far, I’ve only had enough time to update my Sports Photography Portfolio (here’s the link). I actually added a new category for College Football, and updated my NFL port, and made a change or two to my GameDay Detail port, too. Tonight I’m going to update my regular port (hosted by smugmug â” you can use the link at the top right of my blog here).

Hey, if you update your blog today as part of “Update Your Port Monday” leave me a link here, and let me know what you did to update it. If you don’t have an online port, what are ya waitin’ for?

Here’s wishing you an updated kinda Monday!



About The Author

Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; KelbyOne.com CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.


  1. Great idea, will call my site handler tomorrow.

  2. http://www.coroflot.com/JDougDesign Updated Tuesday. Would love some feedback. Currently trying to find a new job.

  3. Scott, man… you’ve opened the floodgates for people to send you their portfolio haha.

  4. I updated my travel and landscape portfolio: http://www.photosbyadamlee.com/Portfolio/Travel/
    I’ve got the next couple of photos picked out that for replacement. I just have to shoot something better ;)

  5. Perfect “kick-my-ass-on-monday-morning” idea ;) I’ve updated my portfolio with some photos from our trip through Jordan. Four sets in landscapes and travel added: http://www.achimmeurer.com/en

    Have a great week!

  6. I’ve been expanding my commercial product and beverage portfolio. Changed my homepage to my most recent beverage shot; a beer bottle on fire http://www.digitalartthatrocks.com

  7. Whoops! Sorry, totally didn’t mean to post a huge picture of myself. I thought I was uploading an avatar. As an administrator, feel free to delete that picture from the post. Or if it makes your day that’s cool too haha Sorry Scott

  8. Scott, are you looking for only photo portfolios? How about Photoshop illustration? Just updated mine.

  9. Having done this kind of work professionally some years ago, I consider it one of the most difficult tasks with a camera! You’re doing it very well indeed! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thanks for the reminder! I updated my portfolio images and my homepage images this morning. It’s always good to get fresh images on your site. http://stevewetzel.com

  11. Great reminder! I updated images last week but have LOTS of new blog material that I’ve been working on to add tonight. I want to have regular postings so I created a nice big backlog to get me going. Thanks for the inspiration, Scott!
    I’m at http://www.katieoros.com

  12. GameDay Detail: 16 and 21 are the same pictures.

  13. Would my blog do? I don’t have “work” related “new” shots unfortunately…
    Just a 6 minute exposure:

    …and an awesome tripod short review:

  14. Done:) Thanks for the reminder.

  15. Okay, I’ve got to know. How did you hide yourself in the reflection of the Bears Helmet? Oh, it’s a beautiful shot by the way! I have to say after seeing your portfolio, I’m going to try my hand at sports photography. I think that I’ll try to get a pass for the next Arkansas Home Game. Wish me luck!

  16. http://emmetkowler.com

    Technically, I didn’t update in on Monday – I did last week, though. Good timing, Scott!

    This was a seriously major revamp for me. I got a new layout – something simpler and all around easier to work with than the last one. And I definitely changed the focus. I remember the last time I worked on my portfolio I didn’t trust my gut at all – I overthought every image and every order. This time around I wanted to really prioritize the images I love because that’s what I want to get hired to do: make images that I love.

    All in all this is the happiest I’ve ever been with my portfolio.

  17. I had a wedding show this weekend so I spent all of Saturday making sure I had included all the new work I’ve done in the past year. New portfolio, new website.

  18. Hi Scott, thanks for taking time to chat with me at PSW (we discussed the hockey workshop)! Looking at your work continually makes me realize how much more I need to grow as a sports photographer. I took some time today to update my sports portfolio along with a few other sports-related sub-galleries.


    And yes, I do realize I still need to add a profile pic on my site. =)

    • Hey Darren: You have a really great port!! Lots of great images, and I love the layout of your portfolio — it has a lot of impact. Loved the shot of the Sutter QB in that golden light — really nice stuff all the way through. Very impressed! :)

      • Thanks Scott, I really appreciate you taking the time to take a look! Been trying to take advantage of the golden light during a football game… only took me three years to get that shot! LOL

  19. Hi Scott, thanks for the reminder, I removed few and add some new ones :) hope you like it.


    Let me know if there is some image that I should really get rid of ;) I would appreciate it. Thanks a lot.

    ps. the one that I would remove from yours is flying Aaron Rodgers, though it’s cool, somehow it didn’t fit for me with the rest ;)


    • Hey Peter. You’ve got a lot of really great stuff there — really nice! My one comment would be there’s just WAY too much stuff there. I’m not seeing your best work — I’m seeing pretty much ALL your work. Get it down to your best 24 images (or pick two or three categories with 24 in each), and it will make a big difference in how people perceive your work. One more thing: that image of Aaron Rodgers you mentioned is probably my most published shot. If anyone does a story on me, that’s one they always choose to show from my port in the magazine (see image attached where their photo editor choose it as the two-page spread that opened the story). ;-)

      • Hi Scott, I got you. The portfolio is only in slideshow, the link is to archive. But the test on you (sorry for that :)) ) show, that it actually is confusing. Get rid of my archive and use the best in few categories is the way to move forward I guess. :) Thanks I appreciate the feedback.

        The Aaron shot, now that is interesting! I knew there is something special. When I scrolled through the photos, from the visual point of view (I was scrolling on my phone with small screen), this one strike me. And I was like, why is it there, looked like ordinary shot. Somehow I felt it doesn’t fit. Maybe it is the thing that on the other photos you have a lot of faces very close and then I came upon a one with the QB’s back and the face of the defender is too far.

        But important is that editors love it !!! Why do you think they like it so much? Is it the special moment? Like, I know you don’t see flying QB very often ;) Kind of interesting.

  20. Let’s check my portfolio. Critics appreciate.
    Landscape + dance
    NAPP and KELBYONE reader since couple of years I do have learn a lot with you team and really appreciate even if it’s not my native language (French)
    Would like to keep on improving.
    Regards and thanks for your work with all team.


  21. I like the title “Prune Your Portfolio Friday” from Aug 8th better.

  22. Hi Scott,
    I updated my portfolio today as well, I added 7 new images


    I would love to hear your thoughts
    Thank you SO much
    Eric A Snyder

    • Hey Eric. Seriously awesome work!!! Plus, I love the layout, which favors your portrait-orientated shots. I am really impressed! OK, want to make your port way better, and have people think more of you as a photographer? Cull it down to just your best 24 shots, and only show those. You will be amazed at what that will do for you. Keep up the great work! :)

      • Thank you Scott! I really appreciate the complement! Your work inspires me constantly!
        Yes I will do that and bring it down to my best 24. Thank you for that great advice!

  23. Just got my website up & going last week…. It’s still very much a work in process, but I did finish my portfolio yesterday. Feel free to have a look… it’s all hockey right now. Scott, you may recognize some of the photos… I was one of your selections on your last “Blind Critique” version of The Grid. Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks so very much!


    • HI Candace — OK, you’ve got a lot of great hockey shots in there, surrounded by some kind of boring hockey shots. You just need an editor that can get you down from 47 to just the very best 24 hockey shots. Also, start off with your single strongest image, and then follow it up with some really great ones, and end with some really great ones — that makes a big difference because people make snap judgements when it comes to photography — the first image hits them or it doesn’t. So, cull it down to just 24 of your best (and you have 24 really solid shots), and you’ll be in good shape. Hope that helps. :)

  24. It’s actually Tuesday already here in Australia but I’m all over it. With the back ups all done yesterday, the portfolio tweaks have been done… Little tweaks but tweaks all the same.

    This time around I have just played around with my colour concert portfolio because that will leave me something to do next week.



    • Dude!!! Awesome, awesome shots!!! Love your color concert work, and love the post processing! Really great looking site all around, and the images are on the money. Great job!!!! (and thanks for sharing those with me). :)

      • Hey Scott. Thanks for taking the time to check out my work. I’m extremely happy to hear that you enjoyed looking through my pictures and really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to let me know.

        You’ve made my day.


  25. Hey Scott,
    Just updated my Squarespace portfolio on the weekend. In fact the update was the addition of a Football gallery.
    Funny story behind the photo on my homepage, which I took at the first home game two weeks ago. Being the game was midday the sun was really bright. So the sky ended up getting blown out. I later posted the image on Facebook and another photographer commented on how it reminded him of your images. I also had thought of the same after I saw the image on the back of my camera.

    • Hey Alex — it’s funny he said that, because as soon as I saw that pic on your home page I thought, “Man, I really like that shot!” LOL!! :) Overall, lots of good stuff there. I have something I think could help you, but only if you want to hear it (I’m not posting an unsolicited critique), so let me know — it’s nothing bad, but I think it could make your port a lot stronger. :)

      • Thanks Scott, I would be more than happy to read your critique, feel free to email when you have time.

        Thanks Again

  26. Didn’t really update the portfolio but did finally finish my customized smugmg site. http://www.ba-photos.com

  27. Removed a few shots on my home page slideshow that just really weren’t cutting it anymore. Even blogged about it and reminded others, too. :-)


  28. Well, I’m always updating my portfolio and re-updating some same images as I discover new processing technique or thought it would be an interesting crop.

  29. I did it but I forgot to post…
    I decided to go with 12 only…

    Great reminder….

  30. Scott, I meant to post a link to my portfolio yesterday, but forgot. Here’s the link if you’re still looking: http://www.ronlongwell.com/p990072801

  31. Of course I’m a day late. Lord knows I need to simplify my galleries and pick a genre to focus on. http://www.jc-ruiz.com

  32. updated the 100% wide lightbox at the top of my page, and pared the port down to only 3 dozen (along with adding a few new images and turfing some less than stellar ones):


  33. Hi Scott,
    this is my update – soccer gallery an more!

  34. Hi Scott your post prompted me to create a cycling portfolio. It’s hard! Here’s the link:
    Phil Walker

  35. It took me a while, but I managed to update my infrared portfolio.


  36. Only just seen this post, so better late than never. Recently added a monochrome category. http://www.iamphotos.net/

  37. I have my blog set up so it looks like a portfolio that is always updating. ^_^ http://www.shalenedawnphotography.com

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