FAQs

What is the difference between the Open Portfolio Review and the Emerging & Pro Review?

If you’re a pro or emerging pro with a solid book, consistently strong bodies of work with a coherent presentation, the Emerging & Professional Portfolio Review (vetted) is your event.  If, on the other hand, you’ve been changing direction, have new work that’s not yet complete that you’d like to get feedback on, are not sure of your directions or which area you should focus or refocus on, or if you’re a new pro, the Open Portfolio Review (non-vetted) is an ideal place to get feedback and valuable advice.

How do you define “Emerging”?

The description of “Emerging Photographer” is a photographer who has been out on his or her own for sufficient time to have developed proficiency, vision, and derive or plan to derive the substantial majority of his / her income from photography, or an advanced student from a graduate program or certificate program in photography at an accredited school with a strong, focused portfolio of solid work.

The Emerging & Pro event is designed exclusively for industry influencers to meet with professional and emerging professional photographers as described above.

If you are an advanced amateur photographer or beginning pro who would like to get advice on improving your work, or general directions as to ways to improve your work or take the next step, our Open Portfolio Review (non-vetted) event which will take place on Wednesday, October 25th.  The “mind-set” of the reviewers will be different; they’ll be there to help – give their opinions, critiques, suggestions, ideas.  They’ll help get you on your way – or elucidate the path as their experienced eyes see it for you.

If I’m accepted in the Emerging & Pro event, can I also sign up for the Open Portfolio Review to fine-tune my presentation?

This works well - and many attendees follow this route.  This is how to knock them out in the Emerging & Pro event.

Can I buy additional Portfolio Reviews once I’m at PhotoPlus Expo?

Prior to the event, Portfolio Reviews are sold in groups of 5. Onsite at the event, you may by single reviews and be put on our stand-by waiting list for completely booked reviewers.

What happens if I sign up for PhotoPlus seminars and there’s a conflict with the review schedule?

The review schedule for all reviews is posted on the PSPF website. Knowing your seminar dates and times, please be sure to choose your reviews so that they don’t conflict. We cannot be responsible for reviews that conflict with seminars offered at PhotoPlus Expo.

Can I present my work on an iPad?

Yes.  Many people do. One caveat – if you’re presenting work to galleries or museums, we recommend showing prints, depending on the kind of response you’re looking for.

What happens once I’ve registered?

Once registered, nothing is necessary until mid-September when we’ll be reviewing your website.  If we have any questions we’ll contact you. Otherwise, keep your eye on our website as we add new reviewers to the schedule.  If you’re in the Emerging & Pro program, we’ll be sending you emails with information in early October on how you’ll choose and prioritize your reviewer choices and submit them to us.  Several days later, you’ll receive a confirmation from us with your scheduled reviews. You’ll have another few days to contact us and make changes based on available reviews you’ll see on our website. There is no fee incurred to increase the number of reviews.

What is your refund policy?

Because of the time-sensitive nature of reserving portfolio reviews, we can only refund 100% of your registration fees until September 30th, 2017. Between October 1st and October 5th we can refund 50% of your registration fees in case of cancellation, and after October 6th, no refunds will be made.

What is the Registration Fee for?

The low fee of $15 per day of attendance is all you pay to hold your place in our program.

What if I have restrictions on the times I’ll be free on the days I choose for my reviews?

When you register for portfolio reviews, you are required to place a check box next to the days you’ll be attending the program. We assume that if you have checked a box indicating you’ll be available on a given day, and selected reviewers that are reviewing that day, that your portfolio reviews take priority over other activity you may have.

I see I’m required to submit a website when I register. Why is this?

We look at all of the photographer’s sites to verify that our programs are appropriate for them. This is for the benefit of both the photographer and the reviewers. For a list of what we look at and what criteria is applied to accepting attendees into this program, click HERE.