For a Portfolio Review on National Geographic

Nat Geo Assignment: For a Portfolio Review - Kristian Bertel
Rui Mandi, India is submitted to ‘For a Portfolio Review’ on National Geographic.



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Kristian Bertel has contributed to the National Geographic Your Shot community with an assignment called ‘For a Portfolio Review’. Curated by Robbie Shone, a National Geographic photographer he is looking for us to find our best photograph that we have taken with our cameras.

Your Shot is close to celebrating 10 million uploaded photos, we wanted to do something special. They want to give us the confidence to continue with your dream, just like Robbie received from the Your Shot team years ago.

What is a photographer’s portfolio?
A photographer’s portfolio is an edited collection of their best artwork intended to showcase a photographer’s style or method of work. A portfolio is used by photographers to show employers their versatility by showing different samples of current work. Typically, the work reflects a Photographer’s best work or a depth in one specific area of work so as with the many photographs from India.

Historically, portfolios were printed out and placed into a book. With the increased use of the internet and email, however, there are now websites that host online portfolios that are available to a wider audience. Sometimes a photographer’s portfolio can be referred to as a lookbook. A photography portfolio can focus on a single subject such as Travel photography from India. It can be a collection of photographs taken with a certain type of camera, in one geographic area, of one person or a group of people and so on.

Showcasing the best photographic work
Many photographers use portfolios to show their best work when looking for jobs in the photography industry. For instance, travel photographers may put together a book of their best travel photos to show to engaged couples who are looking for a travel photographer. Photojournalists may take a collection of their best freelance work with them when looking for a job.


”In today’s world of photography, we are shooting many more photographs than ever before. Digital photography and the instant social media platforms have revolutionized our world. It will take time to edit and condense your selection of photographs down to only one, but by doing so you will understand and learn to embrace the importance of the finer details in your work. You will look even closer at your photographs, closer than ever before, so that you can choose that ultimate photograph”


As Robbie is saying it: ”- Before I was a National Geographic photographer, I was a member of the Your Shot community. My photos caught the eye of the Your Shot editors and, to my joy, they were published as Daily Dozens and in a Your Shot story. One was featured as National Geographic’s Photo of the Day. I remember how I felt when this happened. I was so excited and so happy. Finally, my photographs of caves had been recognized by the ‘right’ people. It gave me that extra bit of hope and determination to push ahead. That’s why I am so keen to help with Your Shot”, he says.


”I was once one of you, a community member, and I fed off the enthusiasm gained from reading detailed comments by proper Nat Geo photographers! It was so encouraging and gave me the confidence to continue with my dream. Good luck to you all”


About the submitted photograph
New Delhi, the central part of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, is the British-built capital of India. Characterized by its wide boulevards, many roundabouts traffic circles, colonial mansion and government buildings dotted with monuments from various parts of India’s history, this is the heart of the capital. Connaught Place now called Rajiv Chowk is a popular shopping center and the nearby Paharganj area has many inexpensive hotels. New Delhi Railway Station and Nizamuddin Railway Stations for trains to the south and east are in New Delhi.

”- With my photograph of an Indian woman at Rui Mandi, Delhi I am showing one of my best India portraits. The place where the photograph was taken is located near the largest wholesale market of household items in Delhi, India. Like other major markets of Old Delhi, this market also feels very crowded and buzzes with activity. Although it is primarily a wholesale market, it also caters to occasional retail buyers”, the photographer Kristian Bertel says.


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