Early in my career I was lucky to have several renowned photographers in New York City mentor me. These guys chose to have me submit one photo to several photo competitions. Due to these photographers, I had access to the judges to ask their views about the photo I submitted. It was a pretty long process getting one photo they all agreed on, and the only changes I could make between each competition was dodging, burning, and cropping – unitl they told me different. After the results from each competition I would sit down with these photographers and explain what I learned. After the first two competitions these guys just nodded at everything I said. Then they would get together and tell me what the next competition was, and the requirements for submission. After the third competition I again sat down with them and explained what I had learned. When I was done they kept looking at each other, then started laughing! One of them left and returned with a decent sized old Coleman green ice chest, pulled out a beer and handed it to me, then passed the rest around. Nothing else was said that day about photography. The lessons I learned, I have taught and use till this day. But I have never seen anything similar put in writing until today - http://blog.creativelive.com/10-step-portfolio-review-photographers/?utm_source=creativeLIVE&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DownloadReEngagePhoto I do apologize upfront as this is advertisement for CreativeLive – however the content of this could significantly change many people's photography for the better.