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52 Week Photography Challenge #5

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 1:04 PM
Welcome to CRPhotography's 52 week photography challenge for 2016! Every Saturday we will be announcing a new idea for you to photograph, and submit to us via comment on each announcement journal. This project aims to challenge you with new concepts and requirements that you may not normally face. This week's challenge is:

Take a still life photograph of food

You can photograph food you've made, food someone else has made at home or food you're enjoying in a cafe or restaurant. Be creative with composition and make it look delicious!

  • You are free to interpret this prompt as needed.
  • All photos must be new, and specifically taken for this challenge.
  • Leave a comment in this journal with a link to your photograph.
  • The deadline is Friday, February 05, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.
  • One winner will be selected, and will receive 100 Points within the first two weeks of the following month.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment here or send us a note.

Now go go go! And have fun!

Last week's challenge was: 

Make an abstract photography. Use your environment!

And the winner is KizukiTamura with:

Abstract Urban Landscape by KizukiTamura

Congratulations! Clap

Top 3 entries:

52 Week Challenge #4 - Abstract by bergunty

Reaching out - 24/365 by koolguy355

Blood type: rust by andromeda-ek

Photography Newsletter: January 2016

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 3:52 AM


With a new year comes a new newsletter format! The shiny new CRPhotography newsletter is divided into handy sections to help you browse photography news and features from the last month. The links with a :fella: icon are official CRPhotography articles and the newsletter is illustrated with beautiful pictures from our Photograph of the Day collection.

Big love and a happy 2016 from all at CRPhotography!

On A Trip II by vamosver

DD Roundups :fella:

Bullet; Green General Photography DD Round-Up: December 2015
Bullet; Green Animals, Plants, & Nature Photography
Bullet; Green Pinup & Glamour Photography
Bullet; Green DD RoundUp Street Photography
Bullet; Green Stock and Resources DD Round Up: Dec. 2015

Retro Car by devosx

CV Articles Fella look left

Bullet; Red Photography Exposed: Artistic Nude from tiganusi 
Bullet; Red Photography Exposed: Infants and Children from Mrs-Durden 
Bullet; Red Photography Exposed: Abstract from RockstarVanity
Bullet; Red CV Features: Still Life from the communityrelations Team
Bullet; Red APN Adventures, The Round-Up from JenFruzz
Bullet; Red Street Photog Countdown2016 from hosagu
Bullet; Red LUSH: Star Wars Pinup and Glamour! from DistortedSmile
Bullet; Red Macro Spotlight Vol. 190 from MarcosRodriguez 
Bullet; Red 15 Under 15 Feature 14 from Queen-Kitty
Bullet; Red Countdown to New Year: 1! from Mrs-Durden 
Bullet; Red My Daily Deviation Highlights: 2015 from Mrs-Durden 
Bullet; Red Photography Suggestions Spotlight V from Mrs-Durden 
Bullet; Red The Human Form: Bodyscapes from Mrs-Durden 
Bullet; Red Countdown to New Years: 1! from JenFruzz
Bullet; Red Quick Update from tanikel
:bulletred: My Daily Deviation Highlights 2015 from RockstarVanity 

Untitled by aleksandra88

Interviews and Artist Spotlights

Bullet; Orange Artist Community Volunteer's Interview from hosagu Fella look left
Bullet; Orange Flesh and Bone: Beneath the skin with NicoleNudes from Mrs-Durden Fella look left
Bullet; Orange Photography Interviews: Still Life from Mrs-Durden Fella look left
Bullet; Orange Happy Happy Birthday Sebastien aka lux69aeterna from Batsceba

Something hot something good by SunnySpring

Art Features

Bullet; Pink Best of December Submissions from CRPhotography Fella look left
:bulletpink: CRP Features: People and Portraits from CRPhotography :fella:
Bullet; Pink Oh, boy V from dekorAdum
Bullet; Pink 2015 in Nature Articles from Rick-TinyWorlds
Bullet; Pink Nuns from Batsceba
Bullet; Pink Xmas Streets ... from Markotxe 
Bullet; Pink S T R E E T O P I A from MARX77
Bullet; Pink Streetside Stories: Humanity Of The Moment from MARX77
Bullet; Pink Love the Skin You're In from JosefinaPhotography
Bullet; Pink The Asylum - Part 32 from ElyneNoir
Bullet; Pink Conceptual Spotlight Vol. 147 from MarinaCoric
Bullet; Pink APN Photography Features #35 from Rimisa
Bullet; Pink *Photography Feature # 3 - Felines* from hawkwing22
Bullet; Pink Awesome photography VII from OliviaMichalski 
Bullet; Pink Exceptional Photography Feature Part XIV from LiveArtBreatheArt
Bullet; Pink What's in the Undiscovered Section?, #23 from PeppermintSoda
Bullet; Pink Photograph of the Day Feature #2 from silber-englein
Bullet; Pink Finding Beauty: Vol. XVI from RosleinRot
Bullet; Pink Advent Ca(t)lendar 2015 from hoschie
:bulletpink: Weekend Photography Inspiration from RockstarVanity

misty December morning 043 by swissnature

Contests and Challenges

Bullet; Blue 52 Week Photography Challenge #52 from CRPhotography Fella look left
Bullet; Blue Comment Month: December Conclusion! from CRPhotography Fella look left
Bullet; Blue Comment Month: January from CRPhotography Fella look left
Bullet; Blue Still Life Photography Holiday Contest! from CRPhotography Fella look left
Bullet; Blue January CRP Contest People and Portraits from CRPhotography Fella look left
:bulletblue: January Contest: People and Portraits from CRPhotography :fella:
Bullet; Blue The Naughty Pirate's Master Contest List by TheNaughtyPirate
Bullet; Blue Photographers Wanted for dAmn Game by AshleyxBrooke

Phidippus tyrelli by ColinHuttonPhoto

Educational Resources and Tutorials

:bulletpurple: Stock and Resources Week at projecteducate Fella look left
:bulletpurple: Photography is for Everyone from RockstarVanity 
:bulletpurple: A Guide To Connecting And Sharing On DA from RockstarVanity 
:bulletpurple: 10 Tips For Improving Your Equine Photography from Hestefotograf
:bulletpurple: The Galleries from photo-class

the class of 2015 by lightdrafter


:bulletyellow: Photography Discussions: Professional or Hobbyist from CRPhotography  Fella look left
:bulletyellow: What photography programs do you use? from iLovePhotographyClub

Mushroom World (07) by SadikERGUR

Chats and Forums

:bulletblack: Monthly Photography Critique Thread from CRPhotography Fella look left
:bulletblack: Last 5 Photog Favourites Forum Thread from AshleyxBrooke
:bulletblack: Thread Seeking Good Photo Editing Tutorials from TheBrassGlass
:bulletblack: Thread Seeking Good Photography Groups from JimmySherwood
:bulletblack: If You Could Only Shoot One Subject For The Rest Of Your Life... from SolarLunix
:bulletblack: Thumbshare Photography Thread from SusanABC 
:bulletblack: A Minor Knife Fight About Technical Photography from Rick-TinyWorlds 
:bulletblack: Thread About Cell Phone Photography from TheRedVentus

Tokyo Skyline by AndrewShoemaker

If you're planning to spend some time with your camera this
weekend, here are some beautiful photos from the general
photography galleries to help get your creative juices flowing.

:heart: :camera:

Nyx, Goddess of Night by Yoann-Lossel
Abstraction 3 by birgzett Glasses by PatriceChesse
Hugo by LaurentGiguere
morning. by tryhonestyy I left my tears on the silk by sesam-is-open
Mongolian Tracks by mitoXD
Eternity Awaits by Ophelia-Overdose Reading Light by rickster155
Poppy by mynamehasbeenstolen Sacris-mortem by Mikeilaborgia
Wave of words by Marloeshi
Supersampler by spiti84 MDRN #? by KLPTRXXI
I Can Hear You Call by MartinStranka
San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge by DarkSaiF orange grey white by Writto
Autumn inside by dinabelenko 
SAINT LOUIS SHINE by xACook Let Go by Sigurd-Quast
Ululando ad una Luna artificiale 01 by Ermes-Buttolo Broken Chords by bittersweetvenom
Anna and Senia 3 by Danila-Neroznak
I'll Follow the Sun III by Helkathon There is some time to think by iOVERD

Welcome to a special edition of the Community Volunteer project in which we will be highlighting our favourite Daily Deviations featured within the recent weeks! We would like to encourage the community to join in on this project by simply going through the Daily Deviations page and collecting some of their favourite pieces of art within a journal titled "My Daily Deviation Highlights"! We hope this project will help spread awareness and love for Daily Deviations and our fellow deviant artists!

Use the hashtag #DDHighlights so we can find your journals! Love

Star Wars: Luke, Yoda, Vader by AndyFairhurst
Raging Rainbow by Nikki-vdp
Equus Ferus II by LidiaVives
The Clown Project #4 by markdaughn
_DSC3769 by Marell-Photography
empusa fasciata by lisans
Flower. by A-Finch
Cold by facefromdream
Misconceptions by AlexAasen
The jellyfish lady by MACKMAC
Gatorman! by N-ossandon-Nezt
HubCat by HubcapCreatures
An overwhelming sense of dread by AtEternitysGate
Sansa Stark - Game of Thrones by VeroEs
Little Mouse in Sunflower Field by JeremyNorton

You may choose to feature deviations from all categories, or you can focus your journals on a specific category such as Photography, Fan Art, Manga/Anime or whatever suits you! This is a very open project in which creativity in the way you choose to highlight Daily Deviations is welcome and encouraged!

:iconcommunityrelations: Welcome!

This month the general photography CVs - Mrs-Durden, tiganusi and myself - set a total of 89 DDs across nearly every gallery we cover! Many thanks to everyone who's suggested to us, and as always we need more suggestions so don't be shy! Our guidelines are linked at the bottom of this article, and we tend to get a lot more People and Portraits suggestions than anything else so bonus points if you send us great pieces from the "weird" galleries. Self-suggestions are always welcome if you have a piece of your own that you think we should see!

:iconmrs-durden: Features by Mrs-Durden

far-away by EintoeRnOlya by zerxx Some Legends are Told. by JadeGreenbrookeKirkjubaer Church by nahojsennah
I could never be your woman by LilSophieMoth from the attic IV by kristy-cheOrbit City by limnersphereCreating Stars by serelAndy by UnfairprinceNight, Street, Lantern, Sasha... by psychiatriquefried Rice - Nasi Goreng - Indonesian food by pixelinephotoblooming death (dollshe bernard ) by NogiSanArnhem CS | 1 by Rob1962Yellow Rose by Laura-FerreiraMima in her kitchen by esztervaly*** by anticuus* by Dororo4Escape by shadowfoxcreativePajama Party by Wasabi78Roofless by 2510620-X- by Q-harrrThe Fire in my Soul by kemal-kamil-akcaCreamy Chocolate Chia Pudding by AHealthMatterRook by DismayedSenseOh No! by meszartsQueen of the naps by ChinchouPrincessa rose by Amalus45/52 Through the window - Summer rain by FedericoSciucafiery hair by Shi-Nya-NyaStardust by Metal-Bender.:Chinatown Gate:. by RHCheng

:icontiganusi: Features by tiganusi

...obey by FedorrrzIt's like Breaking Glass (revised - read descrip) by madouijaI'm sure I didn't ruin her... by vi0letdreamerCrawling Along by barananduenTempus Fugit by Roger-Wilco-66Golden Leaves by anaispopyIvet by corsuseSolitary Shell by livingloudphotoFactory R by LunaFelesabandoned. by light by LostOneselfPaleo-anthropology For Beginners by Bibireautumn by michellis13Abstract Exterior - Gehry VIII by krasblakThe Slave Dancer, Part III by rickphotoCRnight city on the water 7 by ltiana355Gone by CarolineMadisonBSSS 64 by ISeeTheLatticeThe Pearl by Magnetic-RosesWhite by KatyTwist

Mature Content

Asylum by XaviBeauty
It's Only A Dream... by BatcedScuff Marks by JillAuvilleRelaxed on Christmas by incrediAt the End of the Day by IsacGoulart2001 by donmezerm. by radicszoltanGoddess Astarte II by Aisiilast july by reluctantgodLeaving My Mark by timebombtimmy
:iconrockstarvanity: Features by RockstarVanity 

Hurt by MarieStarsHouse Remnants by DouglasHumphriesAlone in the forest by DameTenebraLooking down by dottys-friendNoble war by WiseKumagoroNarcissus. by Andstein00Flora by MariannaInsomniaViewpoint by bamboomixWitch Hour by rainrisCelluloid by Cyril-RanaUnderwater - Snowfall by CristianaApostolNot the one who loves me II by artofinvijarrod 1 by jaydoncabeSuit Love by RBaumungToo Soon (100/365) by MeanDarkSmileMaharaj pier by TairenarFlow by mario-metzlerCradle of swans by iNeedChemicalXMermaid's dream by eemotionalSurge by FuriousxrHeartbreaker by paulisaMirror Image by ByrdsEyePhotographyBudapest Lights by arbebukAnnabelle by EmilySotoThe Weird Collection Of War Sticks by AlexandruCrisanRuhrort in Flammen (2015) X by pijnappleJe cherche encore by SebKaiserFirework fun by MishelangelloCauseway by zerocomplex

Photography Exposed: Abstract

Tue Dec 22, 2015, 1:09 PM
Photography Exposed is a series of articles brought to you by your General Photography Community Volunteers! RockstarVanityMrs-Durden and tiganusi are going to be exposing the popular and not so popular galleries within the main Photography gallery here at DeviantArt. For this edition, I'm focusing on Abstract, because sometimes it's good to shake up your view!

Surge by Furiousxr

What is it?

Photography that uses forms, colors & patterns to create a non-figurative image without reference to the actual world. Abstract photography is about a shift in perspective and attention to detail. Enjoy these fascinating examples and don't forget to look closely at the world around you to find inspiration for art waiting to be created!

Oil pollution by Andaelentari
Back Beach Blues by ABSTRACTSbySabina
a face in the crowd by catch---22
Underworldly Visions by AiniTolonen
Axone by siamesesam
We're Off To See The Wizard... by veeegeee
Blue Tinge by WillTC
Imaginary warm by birgzett
Barbed grace by Igor-Demidov
Slightly different.. by Yaksss
Goddess of fire by Mishelangello

Previous issues:

52 Week Photography Challenge #51

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 12:52 PM
Welcome to CRPhotography's 52 week photography challenge! Every Saturday we will be announcing a new idea for you to photograph, and submit to us via comment on each announcement journal. This project aims to challenge you with new concepts and requirements that you may not normally face. This week's challenge is:

Take a photo lit only by decorative or festive lights

The challenge is a seasonal one, with cultures all over the world celebrating holidays and festivals at this time of year. Your photo may be related to a holiday you celebrate or you might choose to go a different route altogether. You can use indoor lights, outdoor lights or even decorative public displays. Remember to be creative and try to use the lights in a context, not just a picture of lights themselves!

  • You are free to interpret this prompt as needed.
  • All photos must be new, and specifically taken for this challenge.
  • Leave a comment in this journal with a link to your photograph.
  • The deadline is Friday, December 25 at 11:59 PM PST.
  • One winner will be selected, and will receive 100 Points within the first two weeks of the following month.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment here or send us a note.

Now go go go! And have fun!

Last week's challenge was: Take a portrait in color inside at night with no flash. Keep the color balance looking natural.

And the winner is arivendi with:

Baxter by arivendi

Congratulations! Clap

Winner selected by hosagu 


What's this all about?

DeviantArt is a HUGE website and it's easy to feel invisible, especially if you're new. The aim of this guide is to help you start connecting with other artists and their work as well as sharing your own art and encouraging feedback and interaction. It would be impossible to cover absolutely everything in one journal, so consider it a starting point and get ready to go exploring! I've included a few helpful links under each section, so you can use these as springboards to help you bounce around and find out more.

:bulletred: Check out welcome for an introduction to DA
:bulletred: Introduce yourself in the Welcome Center forum

Cinnamon smells by Asprika

Get in the right mindset

The first thing to do is stop thinking simply in terms of what you want to get. DA, like a lot of places on the web, is a social experience. If you've been here for more than 5 minutes, you've probably read about our community. This is what sets DA apart from places where people simply post art then sit back and wait for something to happen.

Instead of thinking "How can I get more people to look at my art?", try thinking "How can I share my art with other people and enjoy their creations too?". Instead of "How can I get more people to watch me?", try "How can I broaden my circle of friends and get to know people better?". In terms of feedback, instead of thinking "How can I get more comments?", try thinking "How can I form connections with people so we can offer feedback and encouragement to each other?". You get what you give. You hit what you head for. Reciprocity is key!

:bulletred: FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?
:bulletred: FAQ #26: What is the watch and how do I manage my watch listing?
:bulletred: FAQ #1: What is the Message Centre and how do I use it?

Trasparente come aria, fragile come vetro by SenhArt

Introduce yourself, not just your art

Your profile page on DA offers all sorts of opportunities for you to share your personality as well as your art. This is your chance to allow people to get you know you as the fabulous being you are. Make sure you fill in your DeviantID. Post journals about your life, your opinions, your creative process or whatever you'd like to share with your watchers or people who stumble across your profile. You can even use your journals to shine a spotlight on art you love. Post polls to ask your friends questions. Let people see the individual behind the art. And what about when you run into someone who you find interesting as a human as well as an artist? Add them to your watch, talk to them and get to know them! That's how connections happen.

:bulletred: FAQ #90: How do I customize my profile page?
:bulletred: FAQ #4: Which options can I control under the Edit Settings page?
:bulletred: FAQ #100: How do I add, edit or delete journal entries?
:bulletred: FAQ #66: What journal features do I have access to?
:bulletred: FAQ #101: How do I customize my journal page?

Walking in my dreams by Batsceba

Submit your work with extra thought

When you submit art to DA, it's important to place it in the appropriate gallery. This means that people looking for architectural photography (for example) can go to Photography > Architecture and find photos of architecture. It sounds obvious, but sometimes people put work in what their perceive to be a popular category or a place where lots of people will look, even if it's not the appropriate category for what they're submitting. There's no point in doing this, so please don't be tempted.

As you're going through the submission process, you'll notice that you have a space to write something about what you're submitting. Use this opportunity to share some information about your art - what inspired you to create it, details of the equipment you used or even what kind of feedback you're looking for. It helps people to engage with your art and also gives them a prompt if they'd like to leave a comment.

:bulletred: FAQ #163: Where can I find the description to a Gallery that I want to submit to?
:bulletred: FAQ #867: Is it possible to move deviations from one page to another in my gallery?

Convergent by marjarah

Share your work

"If you build it, they will come" doesn't really work on DA, what with it being the aforementioned HUGE website. There are millions of people here with even more millions of pieces of art. Sitting back and waiting for people to see your work, or relying on the possibility of receiving a Daily Deviation or some other front-page-ish appearance, isn't a productive use of your time. Luckily, there are other ways to share your work with a wider audience.

First of all, join some Groups. If you haven't encountered these before, they're areas of the site built around a common interest or theme and you'll be able to find one for just about anything artistic that you're into. You can search by focus, media, location, type (Basic or Super), number of watchers and how recently a Group was formed at Groups. Another great way to locate Groups is to find one you like then check out its Affiliates (lots of groups display Affiliates on their page). You might also want to check out what Groups artists you know are members of. If you're looking to do more than simply post your art and move on (which you should be!), make sure you look for groups with lots of recent activity and opportunities to engage with things like challenges and contests.

There are also forums and chat rooms specially for sharing your art. If you decide to use these, it's important to make an effort to look at and comment on other people's work as well as just posting your own (see the pattern developing here?).

:bulletred: Search for Groups to join at Groups
:bulletred: Don't forget to watch or join communityrelations and CRPhotography 
:bulletred: Deviation Thumbshare forum
:bulletred: Core Thumbshare forum
:bulletred: ThumbHub chat room

Home by Igor-Demidov

Engage with commenting and critiquing

Almost everyone loves getting feedback on their art and whether you're looking for specific advice to help you improve or you just want to hear what emotions your creations inspire, DA is a great place to do that. It doesn't happen magically by itself though. If you submit wonderful art to your gallery and post it in a few groups you might get a comment or two. If you dedicate time and energy to getting to know other artists and leaving constructive, detailed comments on their work, you're a lot more likely to find people commenting on your work too.

Nothing is guaranteed though and indiscriminately leaving a bunch of Nice pic :) comments probably won't get you anywhere. This isn't about keeping score. This is about building relationships. It's about giving without expecting something in return. Basically, it's about being someone who people want to connect with and then cherishing that connection.

Chances are you're already watching a few people who have been on DA for years, who seem to have lots of friends, whose art and journals usually have lots of comments. Take a closer look at their activity and you'll see that they consistently engage in positive community-minded behaviour. They probably also have a comment count reaching into thousands per year.

I don't want to give the impression that it's all about numbers (because it really isn't) but there's a huge difference between the experience of someone with a genuine interest in others, who spends time encouraging and helping, offering feedback and critique and generally dedicating energy to giving, and someone who does little beyond posting their own art, submitting it to a couple of groups, writing 5 short comments a week and complaining that no-one is giving them the attention they're hoping to receive.

:bulletred: FAQ #661: How do I post a comment?
:bulletred: FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?
:bulletred: ProjectComment is a friendly group built around constructive, detailed comments as a reciprocal experience. Go and join in!

inside of the winter dream by VesnaSvesna

In conclusion

If you've read this far and you're feeling a bit cheated cause you were expecting to find out how to get but you've actually just found out a lot about how to give, how to do and how to be, then my work here is done. This wasn't supposed to be a trick. It's straight-up honest advice. Not everyone has hours every week (or every day) to spend giving, doing and being on DA but the one thing I'm willing to say with the certainty of experience is that if you focus on upping the quality and frequency of your interactions and being an active part of our community, you'll have a much better time here.

All the photographs in this journal were found by browsing the Undiscovered section. Don't forget to check it out!

Photography Is For Everyone

Thu Dec 3, 2015, 5:37 AM by RockstarVanity:iconrockstarvanity:

Before I get started

I want to make it clear that I'm not referring to photography-as-a-business here. I know that certain jobs require certain tools (Need a giant print? Gotta be hi-res!) and photographers working in certain fields actually do operate under strict guidelines (Hello, photojournalists!).

tusk by tukaka

What I'm talking about here is art

Pure and simple, beautiful, experimental, joyous, throwing bits of your soul out into the world in the form of pictures, art.

Crying lightning by kajsahh

You talkin' to me?

If you're a pro photographer who carries a mobile phone around in your pocket but have never taken a photo with it, I'm talking to you. If you're putting off getting into photography until you can afford a dSLR, I'm talking to you. If you think you need to use this type of camera or that kind of lighting to be a photographer, I'm definitely talking to you.

Moi? A photographer?

A photographer doesn't have to make money from what they create and they don't have to have been published or won awards. A photographer is someone who takes photographs. And there's no reason in the world why that can't be you.

Brave New World by PoLazarus2

The best tools are the ones you have

There are so many tools out there for taking photographs. Don't wait until you can afford the best of the best. Work with what you can pay for now. Work with what you already have. This might be a top of the range dSLR or it might be a mobile phone or a biscuit tin with film taped to the inside.

Morning commute by antivir123

What about processing and editing?

There are plenty of tools available for processing and editing photographs. If you have access to Photoshop or Lightroom, great! If you don't but you'd like to process your photos digitally, there are free alternatives like GIMP. If you're working completely on a mobile device, get your hands on an awesome free photography app like Snapseed or VSCOcam.

anfractuous i by farbanomalie

Get educated!

But what you if you have absolutely no idea what you're doing? If you're pointing your camera at things, pressing buttons and hoping for the best, it's time to get stuck into some tutorials. Luckily you're in the perfect place to do that. DeviantArt has loads of free photography tutorials that you can learn from. The basics of artistic photography are the same no matter what camera you're using and once you've learned and practised all those rules, you get to have fun breaking them!

Vintage compartment by martonHUN

Looking for feedback?

If you want feedback, you can enable critique on your DA submissions or use your description to ask for detailed feedback in regular comments. For one-on-one help with your photography, check out seniormentors for your very own art coach. There are lots of photography groups on DA where you can share your work, no matter your level of skill or experience. Join some. Submit your work, even if you're nervous.

memories by WichMakesTheClouds

Giving and receiving

One of the best ways to get feedback on your photography is to offer it to others. You might want to join a group like ProjectComment or simply browse for photographs to look at and let the artists know what you think. Consider your words carefully and whether giving or receiving feedback, remember that there is rarely only a single way to do something and your way is just one way, not THE way.

P.A.S by sollenafotografie

Find your muse

If you're looking for inspiration, don't forget to visit (and join!) CRPhotography. So what are you waiting for? Grab your dSLR, compact digi, mobile phone, vintage twin lens reflex camera or biscuit tin and film and create courageously. Photography is for everyone - and that includes you.

Over to you!

:heart: What tips do you have for newbie photographers?
:heart: What's your favourite photography tool or toy?
:heart: What DA photography groups do you love?
:heart: When did you first think "Yeah, I AM a photographer!"?
:heart: If you take photographs but you don't think that, why not?

DD Suggestion Guidelines

Mon Nov 30, 2015, 2:59 PM by RockstarVanity:iconrockstarvanity:

What is a Daily Deviation?

DA already has the perfect explanation for this. If you don't already know, have a quick read of these then come back...

:bulletred: FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
:bulletred: FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?

What galleries do I feature from? 

I'm a Community Volunteer for General Photography, alongside tiganusi and Mrs-Durden General Photography is basically all the photography galleries that don't have their own designated Community Volunteer. Here's a list of galleries I can feature Daily Deviations from...

Bullet; Red All of Photography > Abstract and Surreal
Bullet; Red All of Photography > Architecture
Bullet; Red Photography > Commercial EXCEPT FOR Commercial > Fashion
Bullet; Red Photography > Conceptual
Bullet; Red All of Photography > Darkroom
Bullet; Red Photography > Fireworks
Bullet; Red Photography > Humor
Bullet; Red Photography > Infrared
Bullet; Red Photography > Other
Bullet; Red All of Photography > Still Life
Bullet; Red All of Photography > Transportation
Bullet; Red All of Photography > Urban and Rural
Bullet; Red Some of Photography > People and Portraits. More specifically, Body Art, Classic Portraits, Emotive Portraits, Expressive, Infants and Children, Self-Portraits, Spontaneous Portraits, Weddings, and Miscellaneous.

What am I looking for in a Daily Deviation?

Perceived popularity, or lack thereof, is irrelevant to me. I don't mind if a piece has 1 view or 1,000 views (or more) and I don't mind if it has been fav'd or collected a lot already. These things really don't matter to me. It's lovely to be able to shine a spotlight on lesser-known artists but the level of exposure a piece of art has already had won't affect whether or not I choose to feature it.

In short, I'm looking for amazing photography, the kind of image that makes your jaw drop when you see it. I love strong, atmospheric and sometimes challenging art with a strong message and often lean toward the unconventional and subversive. My personal experience and taste tends toward People & Portraits, but suggestions from all relevant galleries will be considered equally.

To see the Daily Deviations I've already featured, check out this folder.

How to suggest a Daily Deviation to me

can't DD people who've had a DD within the last six months. To check if someone has had a DD recently, read FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation? I also can't DD art by people who haven't logged in within the last 30 days, but if you're not sure if this applies to the artist whose work you'd like to suggest, send it anyway and I'll check it out.

To ensure that I'm featuring work that shows the artist's current level of skill, please only suggest recent submissions (ie from within the last year or so). Sure, someone may have taken an awesome picture back in 2011 but I'd much rather show off their current work.

Please send your suggestion to me by NOTE (one suggestion per note), including a thumbnail of the piece. You're welcome to explain why you think that particular photograph would be suitable as a DD, but you don't have to. For instructions on embedding thumbnails in notes, check out FAQ #511: How do I post thumbnails of my art on the Chat Network or Forums?

Only send a suggestion to ONE Community Volunteer. Sending it to a bunch of us just gets confusing and doesn't make your suggestion any more likely to be featured. I read every single note sent to me but due to the volume of suggestions received for General Photography, I'll only reply if I'm going to feature your suggestion or if I have something specific to ask you.

You are absolutely welcome to suggest your own work for a Daily Deviation. I view self-suggestions the same way as I view work suggested by others. It makes literally no difference to me and if your self-suggested work is featured, it won't be possible for anyone to tell that you suggested it yourself. If you are suggesting your own work, please don't say negative things about it. It makes no sense to suggest your work for a feature while in the same breath saying "It's not very good". If you think it's not very good, don't suggest it. You're not being humble or endearing - you're simply stating that you don't actually believe you art is of an appropriate standard to be featured. You would never put someone else's work down while also suggesting it for a DD (I hope!) so please don't do it to yourself.

If I don't feel your suggestion is suitable for a Daily Deviation, it may still pop up in a journal feature.

Want to suggest a DD from another photography gallery?

Here's a list of the other photography Community Volunteers...

:bulletred: Animals, Plants and Nature JenFruzz
:bulletred: Fashion Photography Queen-Kitty
:bulletred: Artistic Nude and Fetish Photography Nyx-Valentine
:bulletred: Horror/Macabre Photography pullingcandy
:bulletred: Macro Photography MarcosRodriguez
:bulletred: Photojournalism tanikel
:bulletred: Pinup & Glamour Photography DistortedSmile
:bulletred: Street Photography hosagu

If you have any questions about Daily Deviations I've featured or would like to know more about anything I've written here, you're welcome to send me a note and I'll get back to you as soon as I can :heart:

Rays of sun, flames in flight, elegant electricity and the crackling rage
of sudden lightning. 
Chemical reactions and waves of inspiration
to delight the eyes and ignite even the most tired muse.

:heart: :camera:

City Triangle by Miguel-Santos
Dusk Patrol 2 by WagmoreBarkless
Firework Box by VanessaVenatrix
have a drink my friend ! by hamel194
Untitled by Placi1
Festivities by leoheise
Wild with anger by pontesrocs
Rainbow in the mountains by miirex
Madagascar by nicholls34
Light Orb 9 by WillLeavey
A selection of beautiful photographs submitted
to groups I'm a member of. Enjoy!

:camera: :heart:

Dryade by Lulu-fayette
Bye bye summer by Lambii
Train in the steam by Dune-sea
Sunset 59 by bluesgrass Pretty Loka by Zolfyer
Vegan protein bar by KLutskaya
Honeymooners by ByrdsEyePhotography
Thorny Sunset by Vineyard86
Cup of Magic by Cat-Mist Street Hole by ZephyraMilie
Deer by llllollll
Drift King by zoomzoom
Broken Hearted Mirages by kandroid96
A selection of gorgeous pictures from talented photographers
around DeviantArt that I've been feasting my eyes on today. 

:camera: :heart:

Break Away by o-kaykay
Woodhorn Poppies by newcastlemale feel my pain by MinglPassion 
The True Smaug by Azph
All alone at last by invisigoth88 Smooth night by dn1w3r 
Straws by Clicketyclickclick
decay by jeanbeanxoxo Lover in Lyon sunset by larduin
serenity by mary-by
Vroummm by ratinrage .Tiny Pumpkin Patch. by GrotesqueDarling13
enneakaideka - kodak - reflection by Picture-Bandit
Interrupted by Andaelentari planet Bucharest by a-b-n
Drifting by luka567
Paris 8 by ncavee ~ Sanatorium ~ by MaelstromPhotography
Greed by OlMountainWoman
It's Getting Dark.... by TheJessPaige Into Darkness by MarcoHeisler
leaving amsterdam by LeaHenning
Freak by shadowfoxcreative Paradise by KrisVlad
In Sickness and In Health IV by Timothy-Sim PASTEL SUNRISE by RoyalImageryJax
Baldy Peak with Star Filled Sky by jwdonley
...or as normal as I ever am ;)

Now that the Samhuinn Fire Festival is over, my life is no longer non-stop work and I'm gradually getting back to a place where I have time to see people, do things, spend time on the internet, write and take pictures that have nothing at all to do with my job. As a happy goodbye to this year's festival experience, I posted a blog with a few of the android phone photos I took during the live coverage I was doing of the event. It was an incredible night and I have so much love for all the amazing people who made it happen.

Even though I didn't really need to be wearing face paint since I wasn't performing, I can't resist an opportunity to do weird things with make-up. My look was inspired by the Norse goddess Hel, who I adore. Excuse the terrible photo - I took it quickly with my phone just before rushing out the door.

12193638 10153862188379180 5859725495604025524 N by RockstarVanity

In the midst of festival madness, I got some really good news that I haven't really shared with anyone yet. I'm doing a BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology part-time and completed the first module of my degree in September. Waiting for the result was kind of terrifying but I was so busy I'd pretty much put it out of my mind. I got an email last week to let me know that I'd not only passed the module, but had earned a distinction! I scared the crap out of my husband by saying "Oh god, my results are in" then bursting into tears. In the middle of all the hand-flapping and hyperventilating I managed to squeak "Happy-crying, happy-crying" until he stopped worrying. My next module starts in January and I am SO EXCITED!

I hope you all had a wonderful Samhuinn/Samhain/Hallowe'en/whatever-you-celebrate :heart:
Samhuinn Fire Festival 2015 by RockstarVanity

I haven't been very active with DA or photography stuff lately because I'm super busy preparing for the Samhuinn Fire Festival 2015, the up-coming event from the Beltane Fire Society, the arts performance charity I work for. I'll be doing live internet coverage on the night, dashing around between stages, capturing the spirit of the festival in photos and videos which will be uploaded to BFS' Twitter and Facebook as they happen.

Samhuinn is a fiery, modern reimagining of the Celtic festival of Samhuinn (that's the Gaelic spelling - you've probably seen it written as Samhain), the night when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. Our festival has acrobatics, dance, street theatre and fire performance, all set to epic beats of two of the best drum crews in Edinburgh, as the Summer and Winter Kings battle for control of the seasons under the watchful eye of the Cailleach, the divine hag. One of the most impressive aspects of this festival is that the performers and tech crew are all volunteers!

It's happening from 7-9pm on Saturday 31st October in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh. There are no tickets and attendance is by donation. If you're on Facebook, you can see the event here and Beltane Fire Society's page here. You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Google+.

The beautiful picture at the top was created specially for our poster and flyers by the very talented Mhairi Braden. Don't forget to check out her website, Tumblr and Twitter!

Dark and Beautiful

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 18, 2015, 10:27 AM

Halloween is coming and horror photography is awesome.
If you're looking for inspiration, here it is.

Zombie University by DESIGNOOB
The gentle touch by Red-Draken
take me away by Marzkitten
So much Sorrow. by Standingsilent
Cannibal by ToxicU
NIght at Karlstejn castle by Stechyto
Zee Shan Vampire by shanu1794
death of sleeping beauty by sandrastrange
The Walking Dead by MissMandyMotionless

[ Shower of Blood skin by RockstarVanity with Exodus 7:19 ]

Blood, blogging and blethering

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 8, 2015, 9:59 AM
I hardly ever do personal updates in my DA journal any more and from what I've seen in my notifications, other people don't seem to be doing much of that either these days. It's a shame cause I'm nosey as hell and I like reading about what you're all doing in your lives so I figured if I'm going to appeal to y'all to get your personal bits out, then I ought to as well. So here goes, what I've been up to lately...

It's October, the month when everyone obsesses over creepy make-up and costumes and I get super inspired to get stuck into some horror photography. I took my first horror photo in ages the other day. It's a macro shot, cause I'm so in love with macro photography right now, and it felt so good to break open my gigantic bottle of fake blood and get messy. Honestly, right now I could happily spend the rest of the month doing nothing but horror art. This might actually happen. You have been warned.

My recent big mission was moving from to a self-hosted WordPress site. Oh my gods, it was such a steep learning curve for me! I've never really delved into the inner workings of WordPress as a platform before but since I've been getting a lot more heavily into blogging lately, I thought it was time I took the plunge. Many hours were spent in front of the computer (totally not tearing my hair out, honest) getting everything sorted but I feel like I've suddenly learned how to access this amazing new world and I'm loving it.

Work stuff is busy and wonderful too. Beltane Fire Society, who I run online communications for, are gearing up for our Samhuinn Fire Festival in Edinburgh so it's all go! Our Facebook page shot through 10k Likes last week, which feels pretty awesome cause we have such an engaged and enthusiastic audience. Approaching the festival itself at the end of the month, then for a week or so afterwards, I'm pretty much stuck to my computer doing all the things and it's so much fun. I'll also be doing live photo and video updates from the festival on Facebook and Twitter, which is very exciting.

So that's my life at the moment. What have you all been getting up to?

[ Shower of Blood skin by RockstarVanity with Exodus 7:19 ]
It's been a while since I posted a journal, so I figured I'd take this
opportunity to share some beautiful photos created by people I watch.

Divine by Sniickersnee Nara by mary-by
On a rainy Sunday by dekorAdum
Ross creek by shadowfoxcreative The road ahead by invisigoth88
Painting The Forest by MarcoHeisler
la isla minima by tsiapas i just want to color. by jeanbeanxoxo
Glittered Mystery by GrotesqueDarling13
Stretch by bulldogstoy What me? by aka-photography-uk
Awakening by dn1w3r
I was tagged by pulbern to take part in this lovely project.
Here's q
uote from Mrs-Durden to explain what it's all about:

Welcome to a Community Volunteer project in which we will be
highlighting our favourite Daily Deviations featured within the
recent weeks! We would like to encourage the community to join
in on this project by simply going through the Daily Deviations page
and collecting some of their favourite pieces of art within a journal titled
"My Daily Deviation Highlights"! We hope this project will help spread
awareness and love for Daily Deviations and our fellow deviant artists!

Here are my selections

Selfie/Cityscape by Ulprus
Reflect your Colors by Oer-Wout
Dracula Story by mariano7724
Raging Rainbow by Nikki-vdp
Park panorama #2 by seba-j

I'm not going to tag anyone specific but if you'd like to do your
own Daily Deviation Highlights journal, feel free to post a link in
the comments and make sure you use
 the hashtag #DDHighlights

I can mentor you in Photography > People & Portraits and/or Photography > Horror & Macabre

Specifically, I can help you with technical things like composition, lighting and processing/editing and photography theory, and can also advise on getting the most of the kit you already own (even if it's just a mobile phone) as well as photography-on-a-budget stuff. I'm also happy to help with practical strategies and tools for sharing and promoting your work online. If you're a horror photographer, my brain is here to be picked about using props and materials, like gore effects, make-up and fake blood, in your work. I'm a qualified, experienced professional photographer and I've been on DeviantArt since 2005, so I can also offer advice on working with models and portrait subjects, as well as tips and tricks for getting the most out of DA.

I can mentor you through emails, DA notes and comments/critiques posted on your work if you like. I'm also happy to follow you on whatever other social media you use for your art if you're looking for assistance with that side of things.

Some of my work

Exodus 7:19 by RockstarVanity Awakening by RockstarVanity
Spirit by RockstarVanity
Never Let Me Go by RockstarVanity AnaBelle by RockstarVanity

If you would like to start mentoring with me, please send a Note Note to seniormentors and include the following information:

What art medium would you like to be mentored in?
What is your goal for mentoring? What would you like to get better at? (Please try to be specific!)
Do you wish to work with any Senior Mentor in particular?

Please allow up to 7 days for one of our group admins to respond to your application. Pairings are done based on availability of the Senior Mentor. If the mentor you wish to work with does not have slots available, or feels they would not be a good fit, we will try to match you with another of our skilled seniors. Thank you for your interest in seniormentors!

Hope to hear from you soon,