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Monthly Photography Newsletter

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 5:00 AM
For many of us, there's a reason why we are photographers and why we choose to stand behind the camera. We have much more purpose there and we lack a desire to be seen (some of us) and we have no desire to be recognised by face, but merely by name. So what do you make of the Huffington Post's recent article revealing the Photographers behind many iconic images? Check it out here. You may recognise many of the photographs that the photographers are holding, but do you recognise the faces of the artists who framed them? Probably not. You've got the likes of The Beatles, the Afghan Girl, the World Trade Centres at the moment of impact and much much more. But we never really know who is behind those captures - until now. Would you like your face to be well known for the images you take? Or do you prefer being behind the lens?
Elsewhere in the online world of photography news there was some amazing news from none other than Neil Armstrong. The 'moon camera' as it's now being dubbed, was found by his widow, hidden away in a bag that he brought a few keepsakes away from his mission in. The camera sadly had no film in it, so any photos it took were already well in circulation including the famous astronaut capture on the moon as they 'planted' their flag. What astonished me the most is that there are 12 Hasselblad cameras on the surface of the moon that were left behind after the mission - imagine that!


Word of the Month

This month the word is "Luminance." It's the intensity or brightness of a light source. But it's also a photo-editing technique that we can use to hide the grain in our images and create a softening effect.

Photographers of the Day

The photographers of the day that have been featured for the past month at CRPhotography are listed below. If you'd like to see yourself featured, or a friend, send us a note!
:iconericseye: :icondaykiney: :iconideareattiva: :iconvularia: :icondaniel-wales-images: :iconthe-transport-guild: :iconultimate-psycho: :iconekstradicija: :iconra-gro: :iconangiwallace: :iconmd-arts: :iconalierturk: :iconmweiss-art: :icontruefd: :iconsnomanda: :icondukeofspade: :iconflabnbone:

Contests & Projects

The Valentine Heart Contest has had an amazing response and ended yesterday. The winners will be announced shortly. Congratulations to everyone who entered a photograph (or more!) because the efforts were amazing. Below are some photography contests on DeviantArt which are still ongoing - check them out and participate for some great prizes!
:bulletgreen: The DA 52 week Photography Challenge: don't miss this great opportunity to participate to this 2015 contest, where once a week, a new challenge is set up in order for photographs to get exposure and points, but moreover to have fun and shoot! Check out the first of this year and search for the one currently on going!
:bulletgreen: Weather in focus Photo contest is open until March 31rst, 2015 and is open to any fellow deviant and around the world photographers.
:bulletgreen: Purple Contest: This contest is open to ALL artistic mediums and is open until April 15, 2015. Check out the details and submit your work to the journal!
:bulletblue: Still-Life-Stills holds a monthly challenge, head over to the group for the chance to win some prizes this time around.
:bulletblue: Abstract-and-Surreal also holds a monthly challenge with the chance to win prizes, check out the group for the latest news!

General Photography News

We have welcomed Mrs-Durden to the General Photography team this month! Mrs-Durden is working on the galleries that are not covered by existing community volunteers. Head over to her page for her guidelines and start sending Daily Deviation suggestions her way! Remember to not send the same suggestion to multiple CVs though.

In order to highlight more deviants and their fantastic photography we have started another interview series at CRPhotography. If you'd like to be interviewed and have your work showcased just note Kaz-D. In the meantime check out the latest articles which focus on MarloeshiMeet Marloeshi - and Mieps the Guinea Pig! and JenFruzz - Meet JenFruzz!

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer justanothersomeone


Photographer Rainer Torrado made an interesting project in which he photographed neon signs in a very unusual and abstract way, you can find out more about his project here. justanothersomeone has looked at some interesting Surrealistic images this month in his article exploring Anthropomorphism and you can read about his January Daily Deviations here.

Poles by MBKKR


Animals, Plants and Nature

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden


Quite a bit has been shared this past month regarding Animals, Plants and Nature. Firstly check out Anoya's ongoing features looking at Daily Deviations that have been suggested to her in the past. The latest article is here. Also JenFruzz has been focusing on Animals, Plants and Nature in her article series called APN Adventures. And finally, Backyard Shooters friday feature shows some beautiful works from the APN galleries. Have a look here.

Winter Morning by Capturing-the-Light


Artistic Nude

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine


*Our Artistic Nude section will often contain something that's Not Safe for Work (NSWF)*
If you're looking for a beautiful Artistic Nude feature with some really stunning captures then look no further than ZephyraMilie's latest blog. Elsewhere on the Internet there has been a great response to a photography series by Nadia Lee Cohen which showcases, quite literally, 100 naked women. Check it out here. And, controversely, an Iranian Actress has been exiled from her home country for posing naked..! Check out a fabulous interview from Mrs-Durden - Flesh and Bone: Beneath the skin with Alan-H-Bruce

No title by fb101


Conceptual

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden


On DeviantArt if you are looking for some conceptual photography inspiration then look no further than MarinaCoric's Conceptual Spotlight article the latest of which can be read right here. And also CrypticGrin has been collecting Conceptual works for a feature so if you're interested in getting your work featured then pop over and check out the latest article here.

Crack of Dawn II by Sturmideenkind


Fashion

Community Volunteer Pixel-Spotlight


Check out Mrs-Durden's fashion roundup here and one of the latest editions of Fashion Makes the World go Round.

Plume by Dapicture


Pin Up & Glamour

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile


Check out the January Pin-Up and Glamour DDs from DistortedSmile.

Sock Monkey by littlemissmaggiemay


Macro

Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez


Marcos has posted his Macro Spotlight again which focuses on some great macro photographs. Check it out here. You can also find his Daily Deviation roundup here. The Valentines Macro Contest has closed and results will be announced soon. Keep an eye out here.

Drop by GeorgeAmies


People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden


Be sure to have a look at this interview with the german portrait photographer Martin Schoeller. Also check out these fairy tale inspired portraits by the ukranian photographer Anita Anti.
Have a look to this
portfolio presenting french Harcourt studio photos, so famous for their typical light management and scenery.

-: Ria Yaya :- by BataraKresna


Photo-journalism

Community Volunteer tanikel


The winners of the World Press Photo 2015 have been announced. You can find the winning photos and the stories behind them here. As part of Art History at projecteducate, photo-journalism was a focus article on our 'Photography Day.' For a bit of the history of photo-journalism check out the article here.

Buergbrennen by OK-Photography


Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden


Over at Still-Life-Stills the monthly contests are still ongoing. Head over to check out how you can get involved and be in with the chance of winning something this month. The recipe challenge is on hold due to slow take up, but we'll hopefully bring that back in the next few months. The latest edition of Nom Nom, a food photography feature, has been posted and can be read here. Also JenFruzz has posted a journal focusing on still life and the theme of 'Transfixed.' Check it out here.

Christmas dessert by Daykiney


Street

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden


Check out this tribute to Vivian Maiers's street photography. You'll find here a link to an interview of Iain, Anderson, Australian street photographer, whose vision and shots are particular, and amazing.
On the same blog, you'll find an interesting video interview of the founder of the Street Photography London Collective. Don't miss this tribute to Raymond Depardon, french artist, movie director, and photographer (with a gift for street photography).
If you don't know about him, visit Johnny Stiletto's site, and an interesting article about his work here.

Sunny by IFedorovskaya


Urban and Rural

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden


The latest edition of Urbex has been released and this month has focused on Staircases. Things of such beauty but that are often abandoned without a thought and forgotten. Check out the article here. If you'd like to see a topic or some of your own work featured as part of the series just note Kaz-D and I will see what I can do!

Stage of Decay by AbandonedZone


Educational Articles and Tutorials

We're encouraging you to share your 'hacks' for creating cheaper DIY photography tools or capturing awesome photos with handy hints or tips. Note CRPhotography if you have a 'hack' for next month! There are some other fabulous journals that have recently been posted and focus on educational information...

:bulletred: 10 valuable lessons about street photography
:bulletred: Kevin Kertz'lighting setup is for photoshop users and portraits photographers a very complete tool allowing to make ligthing sketches of studio portraits. A very great tool to use!
:bulletred: Theory: Understanding histograms in photography link
:bulletred: Theory: Zone system applied to digital photography link
:bulletred: Theory: The basics of ND Filters link
:bulletred: Theory: what's color grading about? link
:bulletred: Theory: camera resolution explained link
:bulletred: Theory: a guide to image sharpening link
:bulletred: Theory: focusing modes of your camera (and how to use them) link
:bulletred: LR: Tips to manage thousands of photos link
:bulletred: LR: Tip to quickly review an image ad 1:1 with Lightroom link
:bulletred: LR: How to create effective presets for your workflow link
:bulletred: LR: How to make landscape photos pop link
:bulletred: LR: A sharpening workflow link
:bulletred: Gear: How to choose a monitor for photography link
:bulletred: Gear: ...and how to calibrate it link
:bulletred: Gear: the proper way to attach your camera strap link
:bulletred: Gear: Phase Fresnel and DO lenses, how to shorten a telephoto lens link
:bulletred: DIY: A floor plate tripod for extremely low angle photography link
:bulletred: What causes noise? And how can you remove it form your images? Find that out in this useful overview about noise
:bulletred: Add Sparking Bokeh to your still life photographs!
:bulletred: Lens Diffraction understand it to find your lens' sweet spot

New Equipment and Technology

:bulletred: Canon finally announced their new high megapixel camera, the successor of the Canon 5D Mark III with 50.6 megapixel, as well as some more new cameras and a new lens. Check everything out here
:bulletred: The successor of the popular wide angle lens Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 is now available for preorder. Have a look at the new Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 here
:bulletred: Sigma added a new lens to their popular Art line: the Sigma 24mm f/1.4
:bulletred: Is this the new possible alternative for photoshop? Read more about the new software called Affinity Photo here

Forum Posts

:bulletblack: Canon 50mm f/1.4 or 50mm f/1.8 ?
:bulletblack: Photographing at an Aquarium
:bulletblack: Expensive vs Cheap cameras
:bulletblack: Infrared Photography Camera
:bulletblack: How do you shoot?
:bulletblack: To buy a new camera
:bulletblack: What is your favourite filter and why?
:bulletblack: Nikon Coolpix p600 or Nikon d3200?
:bulletblack: Is Fujichrome Velvia worth it?
:bulletblack: Watermarks
:bulletblack: Your thoughts on portrait photography?
:bulletblack: DSLR Alternatives
:bulletblack: How do I take good snow pictures?

Groups to Check Out!

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Thanks to all of our contributors this month - the team at CRPhotography have put this newsletter together for you. If you would like to have something included within it just note the group!

Monthly Photography Newsletter
The February - March edition of CRPhotography's monthly newsletter is out! Enjoy the links, topics, features and much more that we have to offer this month. Don't forget to :+fav: the article if you enjoyed it and share it with your watchers.
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Meet JenFruzz!

Fri Feb 27, 2015, 9:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:




Meet JenFruzz!  (If you haven't already)...she's an unstoppable force within the community and alongside being a Photographer she's a great advocate for all things Devious. With a fantastic series of articles and a strong heart-warming presence in many groups, Jen is an inspiration to many. It's about time we got to know her and her work a bit better!

Jen is a twenty six year old hobbyist photographer from Massachusetts in the USA. When she's not taking photos, writing articles or suggesting Daily Deviations she enjoys riding and writing fiction. Fun fact - she's a licensed horse riding instructor AND a writer of fiction stories but the latter doesn't often find its way to DeviantArt as she plants herself firmly within the Photography community. Jen can be found over at WOW-Macros, her group - or on her Facebook page by clicking here. You can read some of her latest articles and in particular her Artists Showcase by clicking Artist Showcase: Ep. X.


The Beginning


I started shooting photographs when I was about 12 or 13. My parents got a Gateway DC-M42 digital camera with a printer purchase (I think I still have it somewhere)... I commandeered that little 4 megapixel camera with the one-inch LCD screen and never looked back. From the beginning I have always loved taking photographs of nature. Landscapes, water, animals (no bugs though)... But I'm always drawn back to flowers. My love of flower photography sparked an interest in macro photography. I dabble in still life from time to time too.

My best friend joined deviantART a day before me. She told me about this great website to post photographs and that was all she needed to tell me to get me signed up. Now it's been 10 years and I'm always so thankful for what the community has taught me and helped me to improve.

"People who visit my gallery may notice my "slight" obsession with contrast and color. The motto for my photography is the brighter and bolder, the better..."



The Gear


Camera/Lenses:
:bulletblack: Sony DSC-HX300 (My last bridge camera that I don't have any longer but a good chunk of my gallery photos were taken with this)
:bulletblack: Canon T3i (aka EOS 600D)
:bulletblack: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 stock lens
:bulletblack: 75-300mm f/4-5.6 telephoto
:bulletblack: 100mm f/2.8 macro (the LOVE of my life :heart: )

Flashes/Lighting:
:bulletblack: Sunpak 3000 (don't use it much now because of the next one)
:bulletblack: Canon Speedlite 430EX II
:bulletblack: Reflectors, some diffusers, an umbrella

Software:
:bulletblack: Photoshop CC
:bulletblack: Lightroom
:bulletblack: Dynamic Photo HDR

Do you have any local inspirations where you live that help you create images?


Living in Massachusetts gives me access to places like oceans, farms, cranberry bogs, and mountains. I have three or four flower nurseries within 15 minutes of my house (I get most of my flower photos from these places in the spring and summer!). One of my biggest inspirations can be found nearly anywhere there is open sky... Clouds! I always make sure to shoot my landscape/waterscape photographs on the days where the clouds are puffy.


Bright Horizons by JenFruzz

How did you achieve this beautiful shot? It's an effect that many of us try to capture...



Sapphires 101213 by JenFruzz

Absolutely! It's a modified version of this tutorial, actually: Water and oil abstract tutorial.

My basic set up is the same at that link... A piece of elevated picture frame glass propped up by cups with a glass bowl of water on top of it. I mixed a tiny bit of dish soap into it (to keep the droplets from combining with one another). I put a piece of white paper down on the counter under the setup. I modified my light setup. I just used my iPhone flashlight and shone light underneath the setup, horizontally (instead of the light source turned down as it is in that link). I grabbed a small eyedropper and dropped some olive oil onto the water surface. Then I just took some blue food coloring and dropped it down the inside of the bowl from three sides and let it trickle down.

I turned on the macro setting of my camera (then just the bridge Sony camera) and snapped away! Once I got the image loaded onto my computer, I opened up Dynamic Photo HDR and tonemapped the image. If I remember correctly, I used the "Ultra Contrast" setting and increased the vivid colors. This is what gave the photo that sapphire color and brightness.

I really enjoy taking these oil/water macro images. You can get so creative with them and no two photos are ever the same. It's my favorite set up for rainy days when I can't (or don't want to!) get outside with my camera. I encourage all photographers to give it a try at some point!


Top tip; "If I am going for one of the high-contrast looks, I immediately open up Dynamic Photo HDR and use the tonemapping tools to enhance the contrast and make the colors more vivid. In-camera, I try to pay close attention to the rule of thirds and shooting a shallow depth of field as well."



You suggest a lot of photographs on DeviantArt for Daily Deviations, what do you look for when searching and how do you find the DD process?


I do most of my browsing "by newest" in the Animals, Plants, & Nature or Macro galleries. I go through each individual subcategory daily, looking for art that I want to help promote in some way. I look for different elements in each sub-gallery. for example, in the landscape/waterscape/weather galleries I am most drawn to long-distance perspectives with big skies (that make me wonder "what's way out there?"). In the macro galleries I search for good focus, bokeh, bright colors, and things that glitter.

I love Daily Deviations. They are such a special recognition for a job well done. I'm happy to do my part by making suggestions! I think the process of making recommendations works well and I like that each Community Volunteer can customize their guidelines as it opens up opportunities for artists of all walks to be featured at some point.

Icy Fire by JenFruzz

Are there any particular photography techniques that you like to use regularly?

I like to use large apertures for shallow depths of field and I generally follow the rule of thirds. When I shoot macro I always use a shutter remote. I also try to take each photo from several different angles. I've found that sometimes the photograph that I "wanted" to take actually comes out better shot a different way. I like to experiment each time I get out there.

Needs Some Milk by JenFruzz


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Urbex: Staircases

Tue Feb 24, 2015, 8:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:




Staircases can be fascinating. Some used to be majestic and grand, others only served for work purposes and a means of getting from A to B. Staircases have been used for posing, sweeping down, climbing up and running through. Please enjoy this feature of some of the most beautiful ( in my humble opinion ) abandoned staircases submitted here on DeviantArt.

Forsaken Stairs by stengchen
Stairs in nature by ZerberuZ
Jewel in the Wilderness by AbandonedZone
Golden Stairs by DapictureLeaving the Past by Matthias-HakerGreen Staircase by Dapicture
Spiral Zero by AbandonedZoneSnail Stairs by stengchenStone Stairs by stengchen
Stairs to Nowhere by AbandonedZone
Forsaken Stairs by stengchen
Stairs by Lupardus-lu
Templar Stairs by ZerberuZ


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Hi!
I'm looking for recommended TV series that people have watched recently - I have access to Netflix (UK!). I've recently watched and loved the following:
-Suits
-Game of Thrones
-Person of Interest
-The Mentalist (boooohooo it's all over!)
-Parenthood (also over!)
-The Walking Dead
-Hemlock Grove
-Lillehammer
-Orange is the New Black
-The Good Wife
-True Detective

Anything like the above would be great! I've tried Gothem and also trying Constantine at the moment but they haven't hooked me as much as the above.
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Marloeshi is the first Interviewee for our series focusing on Photographers here on DeviantArt. She's twenty one years old and is a photographer based in The Netherlands in a small town near Eindhoven. She has been experimenting with Photography since she was around sixteen years old and got her first DSLR for her Birthday. Like many of us, she messed around (her words!) for the first few years and experimented to find her 'style' but in the last two or three years she nailed it and now has a gallery full of absolutely beautiful works. Marloeshi's work spans a wide range of sub-galleries here on DeviantArt including Still Life, Animals, Nature, Travel and Conceptual to name just a few. This interview will hopefully give you a little glimpse into her work, her processes and a few of her secrets for creating some of the awesome images that she has made.

~ by Marloeshi

The Gear


Marloeshi's first camera was a D3000 DSLR which she still uses even now as a back up camera. She currently shoots mainly with a Nikon D7000 and her favourite lenses are:
:bulletblack: Nikkor 50mm f1.4
:bulletblack: Tamron 24 - 70mm f2.8
:bulletblack: Tamron 90mm f2.8
:bulletblack: Tokina 11 - 16 f2.8

Many thanks for agreeing to be interviewed Marloeshi! You create a lot of beautiful bokeh in your images, what technique do you use in particular to get the gorgeous heart shaped effects?



For my lover by Marloeshi
Fairytale by Marloeshi

Most of the time I create the bokeh myself, but I'm willing to share my very well kept secret with you! Use christmas lights. Just a lot of christmas lights! Make sure you have enough distance between your subject and the lights. This will create more soft bokeh. It also helps to photograph close to your subject.

The heart shaped bokeh is very easy to create. In fact: you can create any figure you'd like to! You will need:
1. A piece of black paper/ thin cardboard
2. Make sure you cut the piece a little bigger than your lens
3. Cut a small figure out the middle of the paper
4. Put the black paper in front of your lens (press it against it, don't have distance between the paper and the lens)
5. Shoot!
6. Enjoy your shaped bokeh!


Are you inspired much by the surroundings you live in? Does The Netherlands offer any particular opportunity for a certain type of Photography?


Green ocean by Marloeshi

It may sound cliché, but I'm inspired by a lot of things. Not only my surroundings, but also other people, what they say or what they do. Internet is also a great inspiration source for me.
It really depends on my mood though, when I'm in a good mood, I let more happy and positive things in. When I'm in a bad mood I'm more in my own world, photos get more dark or sad.
In The Netherlands we do have the landscape (very flat, wide view), our tulips and windmills. Maybe our forests are different when you compare them to other countries. Besides that I don't think The Netherlands has something unique to offer. If someone has a different opinion about that, please share! I'm curious to know what kind of beautiful things I'm missing in my own country.


We've seen an increase in pet photography lately, in particular guinea pigs who seem incredibly patient! How on earth did you manage to persuade yours to pose like she has done?


Houston, we have a problem by MarloeshiHi there! by Marloeshi
Sweet love by Marloeshi

Well, first of all: I have the most sweet and patient guinea pig. Her name is Mieps and she is the cutest! I think with pet photography, you need to have a little luck. If you have a patient pet, it really helps to keep them still. Besides that, food is the solution to keep them still. I always give Mieps a small piece of lettuce. When she is eating and right after that, she sits very still. That's my oppertunity to shoot some photos! Sometimes she is very curious, walks around a little and plays with the objects. When I feel she isn't in the mood to 'model' I leave her alone. It's also important that the photographer has a little patient. Pets are pets and they kinda have their own will, so don't force them and just wait untill they do what you want them to do. Mieps has her own Instagram account! Find her by searching for @miepstheguineapig..

Talk us through one of your favourite images and how you managed to create it...?



Stuck in a dream by Marloeshi

The set up is (for me) a very important part of getting the right image. I have used paper boats in the past, so I didn't have to fold one. I grabbed a needle and a piece of thread. Attatched the wire to the boat and used a hanging rail to hang up the boat. I put the rail in front of the window, for the light. Behind that, outside, I put a lot of christmas lights in the trees.

Then it's shooting time! I tried different angles and settings. When I feel I got the shot, I stop photographing. Or else I can go on and on and on. While the shots are practically the same.

The post processing wasn't much. I lightened the darker parts, applyed a lens correction and added a little extra contrast. That's how I made this photo!


You have some beautiful city and nature captures in your gallery. Have you travelled far to expand your portfolio?

 

Forgotten Kingdom by Marloeshi
The darkness by Marloeshi

I took photos in a few cities recently. In Rotterdam and Gent. That's about a one and a half hour drive from where I live. So it's not very far. I went to the Speulderbos too! I love that forest! That is a one and a half hour drive as well. Nelleke shoots a lot of photos there. She really inspired me to go there too. Of course my photos aren't nearly as good as hers. But I enjoyed that trip, the forest is beautiful and really worth a visit.
For the Urban Exploring I do have to travel very far. For one location we have driven 5 hours (one way). Most of the time it is about a 3 hour drive. Every time it was totally worth it.


Finally, and just for fun... if you were given an all expenses paid holiday and had to take a writer, a singer and an actor/actress who would you take?


Actor; Ian Somerhalder Why? Because he is freakin' hot. I'd like to know how he handles all the attention. He seems like a cool big hearted person. So I'd love to meet him. I know he is an animal lover, so I think I'd bring Mieps too!
Singer; The singer I'd probaly take with me is Danny O'Donoghue or Hayley Williams. I like them both. I like the lyrics they write, so I'd like to just hang around with them and talk about their music.
Writer; The writer would be Alexandra Potter, I really love her books. When my mum visits my uncle in America, I always ask her to bring some books she wrote.

Haunted by Marloeshi


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I came to deviantART looking for an outlet to share my literature work. Imagine my surprise when I look back now and find myself, eight years later, a Photography Community Volunteer and an avid Photographer. In fact, I've just spent a year taking a handful of Photos every day as part of the 365 challenge. If you want to talk to me about motivation, inspiration, finding things to Photograph and general 'sticking at stuff' then do please give me a shout!

I started off three years ago as the Abstract and Surreal Photography CV, I then took on Conceptual as well and now I cover General Photography along with 3wyl. My every day work, like so many of us here, is unrelated to Art almost completely.

I'm about to embark on a career as a Care Manager for my local council. I just finished studying a degree in Social Policy and Criminology and I'm about to move into my first house with TouchedD! In my spare time (whenever that is) I like to explore the world with TouchedD, poke dead things with a stick and take my dog who has naughty feet, for walkies.
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Monthly Photography Newsletter

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 5:00 AM
For many of us, there's a reason why we are photographers and why we choose to stand behind the camera. We have much more purpose there and we lack a desire to be seen (some of us) and we have no desire to be recognised by face, but merely by name. So what do you make of the Huffington Post's recent article revealing the Photographers behind many iconic images? Check it out here. You may recognise many of the photographs that the photographers are holding, but do you recognise the faces of the artists who framed them? Probably not. You've got the likes of The Beatles, the Afghan Girl, the World Trade Centres at the moment of impact and much much more. But we never really know who is behind those captures - until now. Would you like your face to be well known for the images you take? Or do you prefer being behind the lens?
Elsewhere in the online world of photography news there was some amazing news from none other than Neil Armstrong. The 'moon camera' as it's now being dubbed, was found by his widow, hidden away in a bag that he brought a few keepsakes away from his mission in. The camera sadly had no film in it, so any photos it took were already well in circulation including the famous astronaut capture on the moon as they 'planted' their flag. What astonished me the most is that there are 12 Hasselblad cameras on the surface of the moon that were left behind after the mission - imagine that!


Word of the Month

This month the word is "Luminance." It's the intensity or brightness of a light source. But it's also a photo-editing technique that we can use to hide the grain in our images and create a softening effect.

Photographers of the Day

The photographers of the day that have been featured for the past month at CRPhotography are listed below. If you'd like to see yourself featured, or a friend, send us a note!
:iconericseye: :icondaykiney: :iconideareattiva: :iconvularia: :icondaniel-wales-images: :iconthe-transport-guild: :iconultimate-psycho: :iconekstradicija: :iconra-gro: :iconangiwallace: :iconmd-arts: :iconalierturk: :iconmweiss-art: :icontruefd: :iconsnomanda: :icondukeofspade: :iconflabnbone:

Contests & Projects

The Valentine Heart Contest has had an amazing response and ended yesterday. The winners will be announced shortly. Congratulations to everyone who entered a photograph (or more!) because the efforts were amazing. Below are some photography contests on DeviantArt which are still ongoing - check them out and participate for some great prizes!
:bulletgreen: The DA 52 week Photography Challenge: don't miss this great opportunity to participate to this 2015 contest, where once a week, a new challenge is set up in order for photographs to get exposure and points, but moreover to have fun and shoot! Check out the first of this year and search for the one currently on going!
:bulletgreen: Weather in focus Photo contest is open until March 31rst, 2015 and is open to any fellow deviant and around the world photographers.
:bulletgreen: Purple Contest: This contest is open to ALL artistic mediums and is open until April 15, 2015. Check out the details and submit your work to the journal!
:bulletblue: Still-Life-Stills holds a monthly challenge, head over to the group for the chance to win some prizes this time around.
:bulletblue: Abstract-and-Surreal also holds a monthly challenge with the chance to win prizes, check out the group for the latest news!

General Photography News

We have welcomed Mrs-Durden to the General Photography team this month! Mrs-Durden is working on the galleries that are not covered by existing community volunteers. Head over to her page for her guidelines and start sending Daily Deviation suggestions her way! Remember to not send the same suggestion to multiple CVs though.

In order to highlight more deviants and their fantastic photography we have started another interview series at CRPhotography. If you'd like to be interviewed and have your work showcased just note Kaz-D. In the meantime check out the latest articles which focus on MarloeshiMeet Marloeshi - and Mieps the Guinea Pig! and JenFruzz - Meet JenFruzz!

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer justanothersomeone


Photographer Rainer Torrado made an interesting project in which he photographed neon signs in a very unusual and abstract way, you can find out more about his project here. justanothersomeone has looked at some interesting Surrealistic images this month in his article exploring Anthropomorphism and you can read about his January Daily Deviations here.

Poles by MBKKR


Animals, Plants and Nature

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden


Quite a bit has been shared this past month regarding Animals, Plants and Nature. Firstly check out Anoya's ongoing features looking at Daily Deviations that have been suggested to her in the past. The latest article is here. Also JenFruzz has been focusing on Animals, Plants and Nature in her article series called APN Adventures. And finally, Backyard Shooters friday feature shows some beautiful works from the APN galleries. Have a look here.

Winter Morning by Capturing-the-Light


Artistic Nude

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine


*Our Artistic Nude section will often contain something that's Not Safe for Work (NSWF)*
If you're looking for a beautiful Artistic Nude feature with some really stunning captures then look no further than ZephyraMilie's latest blog. Elsewhere on the Internet there has been a great response to a photography series by Nadia Lee Cohen which showcases, quite literally, 100 naked women. Check it out here. And, controversely, an Iranian Actress has been exiled from her home country for posing naked..! Check out a fabulous interview from Mrs-Durden - Flesh and Bone: Beneath the skin with Alan-H-Bruce

No title by fb101


Conceptual

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden


On DeviantArt if you are looking for some conceptual photography inspiration then look no further than MarinaCoric's Conceptual Spotlight article the latest of which can be read right here. And also CrypticGrin has been collecting Conceptual works for a feature so if you're interested in getting your work featured then pop over and check out the latest article here.

Crack of Dawn II by Sturmideenkind


Fashion

Community Volunteer Pixel-Spotlight


Check out Mrs-Durden's fashion roundup here and one of the latest editions of Fashion Makes the World go Round.

Plume by Dapicture


Pin Up & Glamour

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile


Check out the January Pin-Up and Glamour DDs from DistortedSmile.

Sock Monkey by littlemissmaggiemay


Macro

Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez


Marcos has posted his Macro Spotlight again which focuses on some great macro photographs. Check it out here. You can also find his Daily Deviation roundup here. The Valentines Macro Contest has closed and results will be announced soon. Keep an eye out here.

Drop by GeorgeAmies


People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden


Be sure to have a look at this interview with the german portrait photographer Martin Schoeller. Also check out these fairy tale inspired portraits by the ukranian photographer Anita Anti.
Have a look to this
portfolio presenting french Harcourt studio photos, so famous for their typical light management and scenery.

-: Ria Yaya :- by BataraKresna


Photo-journalism

Community Volunteer tanikel


The winners of the World Press Photo 2015 have been announced. You can find the winning photos and the stories behind them here. As part of Art History at projecteducate, photo-journalism was a focus article on our 'Photography Day.' For a bit of the history of photo-journalism check out the article here.

Buergbrennen by OK-Photography


Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden


Over at Still-Life-Stills the monthly contests are still ongoing. Head over to check out how you can get involved and be in with the chance of winning something this month. The recipe challenge is on hold due to slow take up, but we'll hopefully bring that back in the next few months. The latest edition of Nom Nom, a food photography feature, has been posted and can be read here. Also JenFruzz has posted a journal focusing on still life and the theme of 'Transfixed.' Check it out here.

Christmas dessert by Daykiney


Street

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden


Check out this tribute to Vivian Maiers's street photography. You'll find here a link to an interview of Iain, Anderson, Australian street photographer, whose vision and shots are particular, and amazing.
On the same blog, you'll find an interesting video interview of the founder of the Street Photography London Collective. Don't miss this tribute to Raymond Depardon, french artist, movie director, and photographer (with a gift for street photography).
If you don't know about him, visit Johnny Stiletto's site, and an interesting article about his work here.

Sunny by IFedorovskaya


Urban and Rural

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden


The latest edition of Urbex has been released and this month has focused on Staircases. Things of such beauty but that are often abandoned without a thought and forgotten. Check out the article here. If you'd like to see a topic or some of your own work featured as part of the series just note Kaz-D and I will see what I can do!

Stage of Decay by AbandonedZone


Educational Articles and Tutorials

We're encouraging you to share your 'hacks' for creating cheaper DIY photography tools or capturing awesome photos with handy hints or tips. Note CRPhotography if you have a 'hack' for next month! There are some other fabulous journals that have recently been posted and focus on educational information...

:bulletred: 10 valuable lessons about street photography
:bulletred: Kevin Kertz'lighting setup is for photoshop users and portraits photographers a very complete tool allowing to make ligthing sketches of studio portraits. A very great tool to use!
:bulletred: Theory: Understanding histograms in photography link
:bulletred: Theory: Zone system applied to digital photography link
:bulletred: Theory: The basics of ND Filters link
:bulletred: Theory: what's color grading about? link
:bulletred: Theory: camera resolution explained link
:bulletred: Theory: a guide to image sharpening link
:bulletred: Theory: focusing modes of your camera (and how to use them) link
:bulletred: LR: Tips to manage thousands of photos link
:bulletred: LR: Tip to quickly review an image ad 1:1 with Lightroom link
:bulletred: LR: How to create effective presets for your workflow link
:bulletred: LR: How to make landscape photos pop link
:bulletred: LR: A sharpening workflow link
:bulletred: Gear: How to choose a monitor for photography link
:bulletred: Gear: ...and how to calibrate it link
:bulletred: Gear: the proper way to attach your camera strap link
:bulletred: Gear: Phase Fresnel and DO lenses, how to shorten a telephoto lens link
:bulletred: DIY: A floor plate tripod for extremely low angle photography link
:bulletred: What causes noise? And how can you remove it form your images? Find that out in this useful overview about noise
:bulletred: Add Sparking Bokeh to your still life photographs!
:bulletred: Lens Diffraction understand it to find your lens' sweet spot

New Equipment and Technology

:bulletred: Canon finally announced their new high megapixel camera, the successor of the Canon 5D Mark III with 50.6 megapixel, as well as some more new cameras and a new lens. Check everything out here
:bulletred: The successor of the popular wide angle lens Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 is now available for preorder. Have a look at the new Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 here
:bulletred: Sigma added a new lens to their popular Art line: the Sigma 24mm f/1.4
:bulletred: Is this the new possible alternative for photoshop? Read more about the new software called Affinity Photo here

Forum Posts

:bulletblack: Canon 50mm f/1.4 or 50mm f/1.8 ?
:bulletblack: Photographing at an Aquarium
:bulletblack: Expensive vs Cheap cameras
:bulletblack: Infrared Photography Camera
:bulletblack: How do you shoot?
:bulletblack: To buy a new camera
:bulletblack: What is your favourite filter and why?
:bulletblack: Nikon Coolpix p600 or Nikon d3200?
:bulletblack: Is Fujichrome Velvia worth it?
:bulletblack: Watermarks
:bulletblack: Your thoughts on portrait photography?
:bulletblack: DSLR Alternatives
:bulletblack: How do I take good snow pictures?

Groups to Check Out!

:iconvenatoreslucis: :icondevpremium: :icondeath-chicks: :iconyoung-photo-club: :iconhuman-photography: :iconbokehlicious: :iconsoftness-art: :iconmodelmayhemmassive: :iconlightinspired: :iconbird-photography: :icondialed-in: :iconode-to-simplicity: :iconda-film-alliance: :iconfashion-show: :iconfashionelite: :iconstand-out-shots: :iconamazinglybeautiful::iconstill-life-stills::iconshopping-for-stock::icongothictemple: :iconblackwhitephotos: :iconbeautiful-bokeh::iconphotographersdream: :iconurban-and-rural: :iconabstract-and-surreal: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconprojecteducate: :iconthrough-a-lens::iconr72: :iconcritique-it: :iconphotography-inc: :iconcasualphotography: :iconphotographyworld: :iconbreathtaking-photos: :icongothictemple: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :iconwater-dreams: :iconlovely-square-pics: :iconphotographlove: :icondevnews: :icondeviantkitchen: :icondecisive-impression: :iconwow-macros: :iconphoto-obsessed:

Thanks to all of our contributors this month - the team at CRPhotography have put this newsletter together for you. If you would like to have something included within it just note the group!

Daily Deviation Guidelines


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  • 3wyl and I only take Photography suggestions, I cannot feature anything else (like scraps). We also cannot feature anything from a gallery that already has CV looking after it. Check out communityrelations for the latest list.
  • Make sure that the deviant hasn't already received a Daily Deviation within the past 6 months. FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
  • Send your suggestions to only ONE Community Volunteer!

How to suggest


Just hit the "Note" button on my profile page and add the subject: DD Suggestion include the thumb code (or URL) along with the reason why you think the deviant deserves a Daily Deviation.
I try and reply to all suggestions made.

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A-Motive Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so very much for the DD :) :) I truly appreciate it!
Best wishes from Anette :)
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Thank you very much for the fave, it is much appreciated Emoticon: Bow 
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome :)
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VintageWarmth Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015   General Artist
Amazing gallery! I love all your photographs that makes me in awe! You have a great eye on your photography! :D Keep up your fantastic work!
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :wow:
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