Online Portfolio for Nightclub Photography

Nightclub and Nightlife Photography Course

Lesson 7: Online Portfolio

Your online portfolio is to showcase your work and your photography skills. It's how prospective clients get to know you and your work. Creating an online portfolio is relatively easy, but choosing the images to include in your portfolio might be a challenge. I've created a three step guideline on how to create an online portfolio.

Step 1 - use your best photos

The very first thing you need to do is organize your pictures. Go through all your shots and pick out the top 25 to 50 that you want to showcase and make sure that you don't use more than three images from the same set. If you're questioning whether or not to include a picture, don't even put it into consideration. You should show your best work!

If you're still having a hard time choosing your best photos, don't be afraid to ask friends or other photographers you know for help. Chances are they would be more impartial and objective than you because they're not emotionally attached to your images.

Step 2 - edit your best photos to make them even better

Edit your pictures. Don't be afraid to crop so that your subject stands out more. Do some color correction, curves and levels adjustments. You could also bump up the color and saturation a bit.

Adobe Photoshop is your friend when it comes to editing pictures. I also suggest getting Scott Kelby's book, The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers. This book will give you an in depth step by step guide on how the pros post process their digital pictures.

If Adobe Photoshop is too much in terms of price and learning curve, check out Adobe Photoshop Elements. It has many features similar to Photoshop, but at the fraction of the cost.

Many photographers also love using Adobe Lightroom to do their quick edits. It's worth checking out especially since there are a lot of free Lightroom presets available on the web.

Step 3 - create an online portfolio

Display your best work online. There are numerous options you can choose from.

One option is to get a domain name and web hosting to showcase your portfolio.

Another option is to use a website such as carbonmade that is specifically geared towards creating an online portfolio. It's a hassle-free online portfolio that's easy to use. No HTML necessary! It's actually the one I'm currently using.

Now that you have a nightclub photography portfolio, don't forget to market yourself! Let the world know that you are a nightclub photographer through tweets, status updates on Facebook, email, and blog posts. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This site also contains other affiliate links where I may be compensated for my review or endorsement. While clicking these links won’t cost you any extra money, they will help keep this site up and running. I appreciate your support.