Daily Deviations Week
With muchos changes to the Community Volunteer team over the past while, it's good to remind everyone of who the Photography CV team is, where to send your suggestions and a few personal things that we all look for!
Myself and 3wyl
look after General Photography which means everything within the Photography Galleries that is not currently covered by a volunteer. At present this means the following:
Animals, Plants and Nature
Commercial Photography (Fashion Commercial Photography goes to Mrs-Durden
People & Portraits (Excluding those mentioned below!)
Urban and Rural3wyl
and I plan our Daily Deviations carefully to ensure that we don't both give a daily deviation to the same category each day. Hopefully this gives you a nice range of Deviations to see on your front page from day to day.
We welcome self suggestions and we love descriptions. A self suggestion with a description as to why it should get a Daily Deviation is like Christmas! If you're suggesting a Daily Deviation whether it's your work, a friends or a strangers, then it would be nice to know why
you like it. Here are some of our personal preferences for Daily Deviation suggestions:Kaz-D
- I always look for that little something extra - not in every potential DD - but I love seeing background stories and information. The history behind the image is often very important.
- I absolutely like seeing improvement! Often a DD will be suggested but I'll find something much more recent and often improved in the artists gallery that will be chosen instead.
- Concept: The original the better! There should be some kind of message and/or story within the piece itself that gives it meaning. If a concept isn't that original, that's fine too! Just so long that thought has been put into the piece.
- Execution: Execution is probably even more important than concept, especially as there are so many great pieces with awesome concepts, but the execution just lets the whole piece down. What do I mean by execution? Mostly the technicalities of the photograph, including depth of field, composition, framing...basically overall quality of the piece regarding its photographic value. A lot of the time the execution is too simplistic, which is a shame when the concept is there.
- The 'Wow' Factor: Difficult to describe, and not something that you can easily pin down, but if there is something about the piece that immediately makes you go 'Wow', then there's a good possibility it's Daily Deviation material. This 'Wow' factor can take the form of anything because the main function of such a factor is that it blows you away.
Abstract And Surreal Photography
Your dedicated Community Volunteer for this area is justanothersomeone
. Direct your Daily Deviations to him! His guidelines can be found on his front page in the 'Suggest a DD' widget.justanothersomeone
- Vision or Concept: Does the piece have a clear idea that has been thought out and pursued to completion. This doesn't mean it has to have an elaborate narrative or complex theory. I just look to see if the piece makes a statement, whether stylistically, formally, or conceptually.
- Cohesiveness: Are all of the elements working together? Various elements could include but are not limited to; Aspect ratio, title, editing, use of color, negative verse positive space.
- Dialogue: This goes back to what the first point was speaking to. This is the most important thing I look for. Does the piece bring something to the community dialogue? Is there a rare or non-traditional technique being used? Does it approach a common subject matter in an uncommon way? Does it add to the existing dialogue about a particular style or group of artists?
Artistic Nude Photography
You get a fabulous choice here with two CVs to send your suggestions to. You can either note Mrs-Durden
with your Daily Deviation proposals. Nyx-Valentine
's guidelines are on her front page and Mrs-Durden
's are here.Mrs-Durden
- "I look for creativity, emotion, and quality. Art nude is a gallery where standing out from the crowd is important, I only feature photos that demonstrate creativity in a sense, and that somehow bring emotion to the viewer and perhaps tells a story."
Two CVs cover this area as well so you can send your suggestions to Pixel-Spotlight
whose guidelines are here
whose guidelines are here.Mrs-Durden
- "There needs to be obvious intent to highlight an outfit, accessories, or makeup and/or overall styling. Photos need to both highlight these things in a way that is either representative of the fashion industry, or that is impressive enough to stand out, and the composition and execution of the shot is important as well. The scenery/environment of the shot should make sense with the 'fashion' being portrayed and should add to it as well."
This is taken care of by Nyx-Valentine
- again you can find her guidelines on her front page.
Horror/Macabre Photography and Cosplay
All of the above are overlooked by pullingcandy
. Cosplay is located within the People & Portrait Photography Galleries. You can find all of Kay's suggestion information on her front page.pullingcandy
- When I look at a deviation to potentially DD, I check the composition first and foremost. It's very important to have all your ducks in a row when it comes to a photographs visual elements.
- Quality. Absolutely. I try so hard to maintain the same standard for my future choices as I have for my past choices. The quality of the photograph being presented is very important.
For cosplay I look for full body costumes to feature. It is very rare that I will feature a cosplay portrait unless it strikes me as being as impactful as a full body shot. I like to shot the detail that the cosplayer and photographer have put in to their work.
- Lastly, I check sources and credits. I know this might not be the usual answer, but it's very important to make sure that the deviant isn't just shooting some random person at a convention, or that they're actually the model, etc. It's important to give credit where it is due, and I've avoided many times where I have almost featured a stolen piece of work by doing so.
Macro Photography MarcosRodriguez
overlooks Macro Photography so send your suggestions his way! His guidelines are located on his front page.MarcosRodriguez
- I usually look for something eye-catching, a picture that really gets my attention and that makes me wonder, How on earth did they managed to do this photo?
- I use to look at past DDs of the suggested deviant just to be sure that the picture I'm about to feature is not too similar to those past DDs. I've declined gorgeous works for that, it's nonsense that a deviant get a lot of DDs for pictures with exactly the same subject.
- I like to find original macros from uncommonly photographed subjects, you never now how interesting everyday stuff is till you get very close to them.
This is taken care of by tanikel
. Her Daily Deviation guidelines are on her front page and her recent article What IS Photojournalism
will prove very useful with suggesting deviations!tanikel
- Is it really PJ? Some categories are super easy to recognize (like sports, riots, etc) while others fall into a more gray area. PJ works are composed in a way that tells a story (think: newsworthy) and are not posed. I refer people to my "What IS Photojournalism?" if they have any questions. fav.me/d7y3cxb
- Caption information. It's not necessary, but very strongly recommended. The information doesn't have to be written according to the AP Styleguide, but basic information (who, what, where, when, why; or even a basic description of what's going on in the image) in the artist's comments makes me super happy. I'm more inclined to choose an image with information than one without.
- Technical correctness - proper exposure, focus on the necessary areas, minimal editing. I'm more lenient on image editing on here - as long as elements aren't cut-and-pasted, sepia, or incredibly saturated, I'm okay with it.
- Make sure the deviant that uploaded the photo is the person who took the photo. Do a reverse image search on google or Tineye. I want to feature photographers for THEIR talents, not someone else's.
Pinup and Glamour Photography
This is looked after by DistortedSmile
and her Daily Deviation Guidelines are found in a widget in the Journal