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Suggesting Darkroom Daily Deviations

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 1:49 PM
projecteducate 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!

NOWM by shitpitcher

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 explanation of techniques and materials in the Artist's Comments so viewers can learn more about how the photographs were created.

While I don't mind featuring images which use a stock texture every now and then, I prefer not to feature pictures which involve major photographic elements created by someone other than the person who submitted the piece to dA.

Fruits by fakesnowcan

While I have nothing against featuring regularly explored subject matter, I also love to bring more exposure to unusual and unexpected imagery. Your suggestions can help create beautiful scenery on the photographic road less travelled!

I rarely choose Daily Deviation features based on my own personal taste. While I obviously have to be impressed by the impact of an image to feature it, I never make my choices based on how attractive I find a person in a photograph or whether my favourite animal, flower or place is depicted. Daily Deviations are about the art and the artists who create it, not about me.

I also never choose Daily Deviations based on life events. DDs are an art feature, a way to share amazing creations with the dA community, not a birthday present.

IR Tree in Lith by Mohain

While I do not feature work from artists who have had a Daily Deviation in the last 6 months and I enjoy promoting photographers whose work you probably haven’t seen all over dA already, I would never reject a suggestion purely based on how many views, comments or favourites the photograph has had.

I don't reject suggestions based on how many Daily Deviations an artist has had previously either. That said, I won't give two Daily Deviations to the same person, ever.

You're welcome to suggest your own work if you like. I admire people who have the guts to promote themselves and their creations. If you suggest your own work, I appreciate you taking the time to include a reason why you're suggesting that particular image or your work in general but please make it about your art, not the fact that it's your wedding anniversary next week or you're sad because no-one comments on your pictures.

If I don't feel that the image you suggested is the best representation of your work, I may choose another from your gallery. I wouldn't reject you as an artist based on one image. If you're having trouble choosing one image to suggest from your own gallery, just send me a note and say that - I'm happy to take a look at your body of work and see if I find something suitable for a feature.

Back in Time by ha-rat-kiri

To suggest a Darkroom photograph for a Daily Deviation, simply send me a note with DD Suggestion as the subject and include a thumbnail of the image in the note. You don’t have to explain why you think the work should be featured, but you’re very welcome to. 

I read and reply to ALL notes but if your suggestion (of someone else's work) isn’t selected to be featured as a Daily Deviation, I won’t go into details as it doesn’t feel right to critique someone’s work to another person.

Please don't repeatedly suggest the same image or the same artist for a Daily Deviation. The volume of suggestions makes no difference to me. If I want to feature something, I'll feature it whether one person or a hundred suggest it. If I choose not to feature something, I have my reasons. Sending twenty more notes or having a bunch of your friends suggest the same thing will have no effect.

If more than one person suggests a piece, I credit the first person to suggest it. This is in no way a slight against any of the other suggesters - it's just the fairest and most simple way to do things. Please don't be offended if you suggest something and see it appearing on the DDs page with someone else's name on it - chances are, they just suggested it before you did. 

River Snake by IraMustyPhotography

You can see all the photographs which I've already featured as Daily Deviations here.

FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?

Remember, anyone can suggest a Daily Deviation. You don't have to be a Community Volunteer (or friends with one), a staff member, a senior member, a premium member...everyone's suggestions are welcome and no-one is ever given preference based on their membership status.

Octopus by kakaoconad


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:iconjamminjo:
JamminJo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Added to #DevNews posting later today ~ July 17, 2012.
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Awesome, thank you :aww:
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:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
I'm on the search! :D
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Yay!
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:iconha-rat-kiri:
ha-rat-kiri Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconw00tplz: thanks for all :hug:
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DistortedSmile Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup: I see we've all been doing/revamping ours recently! :giggle:
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sylverface Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the instructions and great jobs =D
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jonniedee Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sounds cool to me.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
:tighthug:
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