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Darkroom Photography TutorialsdeviantART is home to thousands of useful tutorials on just about every topic imaginable.
If you want to try your hand at darkroom photography, or simply gain a greater understanding of the medium, here are a few to get you started...
Confused by film types and formats? Don't know your 35mm from your instant processing? This tutorial is a good place to start.
No camera? No problem! Make your own.
One exposure not enough? Here's how to do the double.
Time to develop? Read these!
Maybe you want to try some alternative processing. Here's how to make a negative from a digital photo.
Cyanotypes are fun, safe and easy. Find out how to make your own.
Want to take your instant film shots further? Try an emulsion lift!
Emulsion lift tutorial by kivienkathairon
Love vintage looks but don't have access to darkroom chem
Darkroom Exposed: Digital OverlaysDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.
This issue features digital overlays, which are created by layering two or more images (including but not limited to texture and colour layers) to create a final image, mimicking the effect of exposing photographic paper to two or more negatives and/or filters during printing. This differs from photomanipulations, where elements of numerous images are separately extracted and combined to make a final image.
Stock used in title graphic
007007 by mikm-STOCK
negatives stock 1 by :de
Contests, Projects and Challenges Around dAContests, projects and challenges from around deviantART to inspire your creations (and give you the opportunity to win cool stuff!).
Theme Pokemon XY Celebratory Contest
Ends Sign-ups end 27 August 2013
Theme Original Character Tournament set in a version of the underworld
Hosted by ~Xouri
Medium Visual (except photography) and written
Ends 31 August 2013
Theme Tales of Trees
Hosted by #TreeLovers and #Treephoto
What is Traditional Darkroom?What is Traditional Darkroom?
Traditional Darkroom is where it all began. It started in a world where the word 'photography' didn't yet exist and the art of creating images of reality with light and chemicals sat somewhere between science and magic. Did you know that the mathematicians Aristotle and Euclid describe pinhole cameras in the 4th and 5th centuries?
In the early 1800s, artist/inventors like Louis Dageurre and Henry Fox Talbot (among others) experimented with ways of fixing images using chemicals, including silver compounds, following exposures on materials like glass and metal, lasting from several minutes to several hours. By 1840, Talbot was creating negative images using the calotype process and John Herschel had invented the cyanotype process (where the term 'blueprint' comes from) and created the first glass negative in 1839.
In the middle part of the 1800s, the wet plate collodion process be
What is Digital Darkroom?What is Digital Darkroom?
Digital Darkroom is the evolution, converting chemical processes to digital ones, cellulose and silver to pixels and bytes. The first digital camera, weighing 8 pounds with a resolution of 0.01 megapixels, was built in 1975 and recorded black and white images to a cassette tape. The first camera which recorded images as computerised files was made by Fuji in 1988 and the first commercially available digital camera was created in 1990.
The Digital Darkroom gallery on dA is for photographs which have been digitally processed or edited with the use of computer software to emulate traditional and alternative film darkroom techniques. It's also a place for very modern processes like HDR photography, which involves creating images with a higher range of visible tones than regular photography.
Most of the functions available in digital editing software were created to mimic actual darkroom
Darkroom DDs: October 2012These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in October 2012.
L'Artiere HDR by thaliesen Funeral Bouquet by fishingonastar Double by EloiseSinead Woodburn Fishery by marklewisphotography The hidden fortress by SylveryFox books for sale by noxpop Soothsayer by wreckles The mask by JDV-from-A Cyanotype image 3 by funkyjunky Buenos Aires bicromate gum by Yourmung PRINT oilprint 009 by charlesguerin Istanbul 3 10 by darkosaric 167 by okilok Shelter by GeminiArtNStock The Cat Lover by badaipurba Library by RoyWasntListening Daisy by OverTheLazyDog The Morning After by LamontPhotography woman by SevincYusifova Persephone in Wings by majuviro THE WITCH by K-E-I-T
Celebrating Diversity #13In this issue of Celebrating Diversity, I would like to remind you of an amazing feeling...when you see a piece of art created in a medium or genre that you have little or no experience of working in, and it feels like you're witnessing something magical, something beyond your comprehension.
It's wonderful to revel in the joy of How do they do that? and find inspiration in the creations of other artists. So I challenge you to take a step outside of the galleries that you regularly browse and immerse yourself in the experience of indulging in something new.
How do you celebrate diversity?
Do you regularly browse, comment on and collect art that's wildly different from what you create?
Do you watch artists who use mediums that you don't use in your own
Darkroom Exposed: JakezDanielDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.
This issue features JakezDaniel, who creates beautiful images with textures among other darkroom techniques. This is just a sample of what you can find in his gallery...
A way to ... by JakezDaniel Swan couple by JakezDaniel
Stock used in title graphic
007007 by mikm-STOCK
negatives stock 1 by hatestock
Polaroids and Negatives by :de
Suggesting Darkroom Daily Deviationsprojecteducate will soon be hosting a special Daily Deviations week. In honour of the event, here are my Daily Deviation suggestion guidelines with additional detail and musings for your information and entertainment. Keep calm and suggest Darkroom DDs!
Daily Deviation suggestions MUST be from Photography > Darkroom. This is the only gallery which I feature from.
To find out more about the Darkroom Photography galleries, please see this journal with detailed gallery descriptions and examples.
To help promote the intriguing creative processes involved in both Traditional and Digital Darkroom photography, I would like to shine a light on images which show skillful use of these techniques. Please bear this in mind when suggesting.
I especially love featuring images which have an
Photography Troubleshooting: Capturing AutumnFor many Photographers, Autumn is now officially here and is one of the most exciting seasons to capture in terms of colour, change and vistas. Early morning mist, late afternoon sun, orange, red and golden hues - Autumn has a lot to offer in many countries. If you're like me, Autumn often arrives all at once and it can be tricky to know how to make the best of the season before it's over. A couple of days of high winds and rain can ruin the best Autumnal captures by ripping the leaves down before you've even got the chance to snap - so it's great to be prepared for the season.
Leading lines are particularly useful. Yet so many people quote ' Look for leading lines...' or 'You've captured the leading lines here perfectly' and really do we even know properly what they are? The purpose of a leading line is to draw a viewers eye into the photograph and then on a journey - through it. Think of it as a visual narrative. They can be intentional and ind
General Photography: September + October NewsBringing you the recent shenanigans in your General Photography Gallery!
Monthly Critique Photography Thread!
Capture Your PUMPKIN Contest ~ Deadline, November 5thSeasonal People & Portrait Contest ~ Deadline, November 30thDaily Deviation Roundups
General Photography September 2012 from 3wylGeneral Photography September 2012 by Kaz-D
Celebrating Diversity #9Often we get lost in habits and do the same thing over and over again, and we forget about all the wonderful options there is out there. Celebrating Diversity is a series of articles that remind us how wide and rich the art world is and of the variety of options available on deviantART.
I have to admit, I'm guilty of not browsing all of the galleries as much as I should. I love the Artisan Crafts world and I often get lost in its galleries and forget about the rest, so this time I went through all of the galleries looking for awesome art for this article, and I discovered forms of art I didn't even know about! It was a fantastic experience and I hope this series of articles will encourage you to do the same.
Four Line Long Poems -Contest ending SOON!Contest Update
Just a few days left to go! Get your entries in NOW!
A recent discovery of the very innovative idea from Alex Valentine on Four Line Long Poems has prompted a mini-revolution here on deviantART as 3wyl and I plotted and schemed to create something not dissimilar to SixWordStories. Thus, FourLinePoems was born! It's a group that's completely open to everyone and anyone who would like to join and the exciting news is that, with its launch, we are announcing the first Four Line Poem Competition!
Contest Open: 15th December 2012, Midnight PST.
Contest Close: 15th January 2013, Midnight PST.
Winners Announcement: After 1st February
Rules & Examples
Four Line Poems are exactly that - just four lines long!
One entry per person.
Entries must be newly submitted to deviantART, in Literature Format:
PE Daily Deviations: What if...?
After news articles explaining 'The Myth and the Legend' of the Daily Deviations, how to suggest them, tolerance towards Daily Deviations, the negativity, the focus on the notes and what it actually is, this article tackle the 'What if...?' scenarios t
Spirit Day is ComingSpirit Day
Save the date! Spirit Day is Friday, October 19th! Which means you can show your support for the LGBT community by doing a number of things, from raising awareness through articles, artwork, literature or simply sporting the team colors on and/or offline. What colors?
The color that represents Spirit Day is purple! Which brings us to the challenge portion of Spirit Day!
The Purple Challenge
The Purple Challenge is simple, go one day (October 19th) using only one color during your daily adventure on deviantART: purple. Here are some places you can pimp out the color purple:
Your avatar. Use a simple photo editing program to temporarily turn your avatar purple.
A featured deviation on your page.
A collection of purple deviations.
Use only purple emoticons!
In journal sk
Photography Troubleshooting:How to Photograph FoodMany of us lament about a lack of subjects to Photograph - and almost just as many of us create something on a daily basis that with a bit of presentation, can look like a masterpiece. Food is one of the most accessible Photographic subjects and if you've no idea where to start, hopefully this article will give you a few pointers. Firstly, you don't need an expensive D-SLR in order to capture some of the food masterpieces you see around.
The above was taken with a Sony Cybershot which is a good quality point and shoot camera. As you can see, the focus is crisp, the quality is good and the lighting is adequate. It works well - and it's easy enough to achieve whether you have a D-SLR or something smaller.
Before you start cooking - get prepared. It's the simplest easiest thing to say and you'll likely roll your eyes at such a mundane instruction but there have been many times when I've found mysel
February - Artisan Craft Monthly Challenge WINNERSTHE WINNERS ARE....
Thanks for everyone that participated! Now go check out the March Challenge
Good news everyone! :iconfarnsworthplz:
As a your fellow Artisan Crafts CV (along with Talty), I will be taking over the monthly Artisan Crafts challenges that FrockTarts used to organize.
This month, the theme is "life"! You're free to interpret whatever this means to you.
Artisan Crafts only!Send a note with your entry to maytel with the subject "Monthly AC challenge".The entry must be new.One submission per deviant.Must reflect the theme.
The challenge will run from January 27th to February 28th.
Two winners will receive a 3 month premium membership
Make a Difference #171Artists join deviantART to share their art and appreciate others. Due to the many artists out there, it's easy to get towed under and generally obscured from the public.
Make a Difference aims to do exactly that. This series of articles will hopefully make a difference to you as well as the artists featured weekly. Just by giving one minute of your time to write constructive comments, favourites and even watches will make a difference to these artists.
:iconskaparnemmi:'s captures subject matters with fantastic clarity and sharpness, making her photographs really powerful. With the lighting being all natural, it only serves to work well with the bright colours to form pieces worthy of attention.
:iconjustifi-cation: has an awesome way of phrasing things and r
Darkroom Photography Week Round-UpDarkroom Photography week at projecteducate is over.
Here's a round-up of the articles posted...
Darkroom Photography Week Begins!
Introduction to the Darkroom gallery on dA
What is Traditional Darkroom?
What is Digital Darkroom?
dA Groups that welcome darkroom photos
Darkroom photography tutorials
Nine TimesI saw him nine times.
The first time we were both sitting in the room together, getting ready to take the math test that would determine our placement. I was scatterbrained and throwing things around, trying to find the pencils that I had known I would need but had still just tossed in my purse. He was lounging backwards in his chair, looking for all the world as though he didn’t have a single care in the world, including the upcoming test. It annoyed me, that I was frantic and ready to scream, while someone else could be that relaxed.
I tested out of the class.
I don’t know if he did.
The second time I saw him, it was a few months after I arrived on campus. He was the one rushing and frantic this time, running across the square. He was probably late for class, though I had no way of knowing for sure. I was already lost in my own thoughts and ideas, deciding on my major and convincing people that yes, this is what I really want to do with my life. If they weren
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