Here is how to get started with your own portfolio at Nikonians, available to all Platinum and Gold members.
Your portfolio is showcased under your unique /portfolio address, on our homepage, on the gallery homepage and on the portfolio overview. We are also selecting certain portfolios to be showcased in our newsletter, sent out to over 200,000 readers weekly.
The photos you select for your portfolio are shown large and you can select a "featured" image to be shown at the top of your portfolio. You can also include your Bio and a contact opportunity.
Your portfolio is powered by your Nikonians Gallery, accepting very large images including originals, with (practically) no limits in pixel size plus no storage limits (on the Platinum level).
A Nikonians portfolio: In this case by member Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd)
How to get going with your portfolio:
1. Sign up for Gold or Platinum
If you are not a community member yet or on Basic or Silver membership, signup for Platinum or Gold
2. Enable your portfolio
Make sure your portfolio is enabled:
A) Turn it on right from your portfolio page which is located here: nikonians.org/portfolio/YourUserNameHere
B) Enable it under the "My Profile - Preferences" tab.
3. Upload new images, or select existing gallery images for your portfolio
Once your portfolio is enabled you can start adding images. It is a good idea to add 5-10 images for starters. We recommend that you don't add a lot of images directly, even if you have a whole set of great images, but get a few up and then add more over time. That keeps your portfolio more interesting.
A) For new images by uploading images to your Nikonians Gallery and setting the Options "Include images in your portfolio?" to "yes" or
B) For existing gallery images by clicking the link or button "Include to portfolio" which is located under each of your images in your gallery.
Some tips to get your portfolio flying
Your gallery accepts images larger than 1800 pixels long side, making it possible for you to include large, beautiful looking images in your portfolio. Even though each image can be up to 100 MB large in file size, you probably want to ensure the images are smaller than that. Often images being a few MB each can look great, even at larger resolution.
Your Nikonians Gallery can store your original NEF files, but you probably want to make sure you are adding post-processed, great looking JPEG images to your portfolio, not automatically rendered JPEG files out of your original NEF's.
Add more than just one or two images to your portfolio. By adding 10-25 of your best images, you make your portfolio more interesting to browse than if you only have one or two lonely images included. If you don't have that many great images yet, wait a while until you have shot at least five good keepers and then start your portfolio.
Don't add a lot of similar images. If you have a whole sequence of images from a shoot that you want to include, ask yourself if it makes sense to publish several images from that session in your portfolio. It might be better to include only a single image from that specific shoot. Photography is not machine-gunning and the best portfolios are often not showing repetive imagery. Just because it is easy to include many images into your portfolio does not mean you should include many. In fact, there is no limit to the number of images you can include and your portfolio can scroll on forever, but... how many visitors will do that do you think?
Don't add your 2nd best or third best shot. Include the best ones only and be critical on what you select for inclusion.
Don't include low-res images. If you are concerned about someone snatching your image, then use watermarks, brand the images with your name or logo in one corner. If you don't want to upload larger images than e.g. 800 pix long side, then a large resolution portfolio like yours at Nikonians might not be the best channel to showcase your work. Images 1200 pixel long side is probably often a good compromise between enjoyable viewing while still not being too valuable for someone to misuse. The featured image should though be larger than that as not to be pixelated on larger screens.
Make sure you keep images updated. By updating them, your portfolio stays on top on the homepage of Nikonians. Include new images weekly or bi-weekly ensures your portfolio gets more views and more buzz.
Share images from your portfolio to your Facebook, twitter or instagram account, using the "sharing icon" shown in the corner of each image.
Include a link to your portfolio in your forum signature at Nikonians. You can edit your signature under "My profile" and "Preferences" tab.
If you are not a community member yet, or on Silver or Basic, signup for Platinum or Gold to get going with your own portfolio.
We are continously improving the Nikonians photo sharing and portfolios throughout 2019 -- Stay tuned & Enjoy your community!
jrp, bgs & the whole Nikonians team