I've been using an 11x14 portfolio for all of my work, I think its the perfect size for the formats I shoot which are 6x7 and 4x5. I've tried shooting 35mm, but aspect ratio really screwed me up since I'm used to medium and large format.
Leather bound 11x14 for prints. I am slowly starting to shoot digital and I'm thinking of either a iTouch or maybe a iPad to show the digital work. (I've tried scanning the prints so I can use it on my iTouch but it's too much work.)
I typically bring two 8x10 books, one nude and one not (for models who don't want to see nudes). I feel it's a big enough size to show details of traditional darkroom prints that don't come across online, but they still fit in my laptop bag.
Unless you're printing edge to edge, aspect ratio has nothing to do with it. 11x14 or 11x17 work fine, and are acceptable everywhere. Not sure I'd go smaller than 11x14 though. You want to show some detail. You may wish to get a landscape portfolio and a portrait portfolio, though. I know those who completely freak out if they have to turn the portfolio to view an image. Even in that case, I'll just print (usually a landscape format for a portrait format portfolio) the landscape on the portrait and have a bunch of white above and below. For those viewers who are that anal, they never care about the white. They just don't want to turn the portfolio.
13x19 is also fine, but don't go bigger unless you're showing the actual fine art prints to a gallery. And, then, they should be matted.
Totally depends who will be viewing the portfolio. If you're just showing them to models, 11x14 is totally fine. Print all the same format, either landscape or portrait, regardless of the format you took the shot, and don't worry about white edges. Nobody cares, either professionally or otherwise. In fact, it gives you a place to sign, title, and date the print under the photo.
11x14 piña frost for me. I like that the first image is basically visable before they open it. I would not go smaller, but yes the aspect ratio is wrong for 35MM. Most model agencies want 9x12 for models, so I have to think a bit more when I do a test but it's no big deal once you are used to it.
11X14, quality-make. It's not strictly a "standard" here, but it practically is at the same time. I shoot a tiny bit out, and leave myself crop-room to deal with the whacko crop of 11x14. I have a 5:4 setting on my cam that's practically spot-on 8x10, which I use when shooting headshots. (Nikon D3) It's extremely rare I show my book however, although that's mostly because I'm not selling myself hard enough yet (busy with other things atm).
AJScalzitti wrote: 11x14 piña frost for me. I like that the first image is basically visable before they open it. I would not go smaller, but yes the aspect ratio is wrong for 35MM. Most model agencies want 9x12 for models, so I have to think a bit more when I do a test but it's no big deal once you are used to it.
Actually a lot of the major market agencies that accept a wide range of model ages request 11 by 14 now. It seems to be the direction most are heading on the east coast and going a bit bigger is always better than having the viewer miss details.