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Calendar and Info!

projecteducate was founded seven years ago by Moonbeam13 and since then has been a project run by the Community Volunteer team. The group is aimed at providing educational information for artists who want to learn about all sorts of art genres or who want to contribute their own knowledge for others to read about.

Weeks are usually allocated in seven day blocks unless there is a lot to cover and for general weeks a Community Volunteer will take the lead and bring you seven days of awesome in the form of articles, features, chat events, interviews and maybe even a contest or two. The volunteer will share their knowledge about the gallery that they oversee on DeviantArt or if they are a Chat & Forums volunteer they will give you insight into how things work over there. But now we have more and more involvement from the Community and we have themed weeks, which give anyone the chance to participate!

To participate in any of the below Themed Weeks or any of the scheduled Community Volunteer weeks just note projecteducate with your thoughts. We will discuss your ideas with you and help you all the way from the drafting to the final editing and beyond! You just need to note your ideas to the group at least two weeks before the start date and final drafts must be in one week beforehand. Once your idea has been approved, you will be provided with all the guidelines, journal CSS info and anything else that you need. Scroll down for some background info on our themed weeks and the dates for when each week will next be launched!

Community Weeks


These are weeks that are opened up to anyone on DeviantArt who has a wish to write about something art focused and educational. All we ask is that the topic hasn't been covered recently and that you be sure to credit any sources that you link. You can find all of the previous Community Week articles in this gallery.

Artists Tools


These are weeks which are completely dedicated to the Tools of the Trade! Whether you're a digital artist, traditional, photographer or something else - we want your knowledge about the tools you use to get creative. As long as your article focuses on an Art based tool or an interview discussing tools - or even a feature - then we'd love to hear from you. For previous topics that have been covered during Artists Tools Weeks visit this gallery.

Art History


Art History is all about delving into the past to find out who & what has shaped us into the artists that we have become today. If you have a specific forte about a period of Art History then we'd love to hear from you. You can write about art styles, artists, periods of time or something else as long as it's historical and has an educational twist. For previous Art History Weeks visit this gallery.

Art in the Professions


Art in the Professions week is dedicated to bringing education and awareness of the many ways in which art can become a career or play a significant role within a career. Through interviews, personal accounts, advice and guidance, articles during the week aim to give the community a taste of how they might be able to make art their profession whether it be within their career or as a job on the side.

Hints & Tips


These are short and concise blogs that we post through the group when things are quiet. You can work with us to find an empty slot in the schedule for posting these blogs. Hints & Tips blogs need to be brief and if possible include an illustration or photograph for those who prefer visual learning. For information on our previous Hints and Tips blogs, visit this gallery.

So what are you waiting for? With an audience of over 3,500 people on DeviantArt projecteducate is the perfect platform from which to launch your next educational article. Send us a note today!


Project Educate - The Schedule of Weeks!



2015


April 6th - April 12th
Community Week with cinyu and MORE!

April 20th - April 26th
Art in the Professions Week with Mrs-Durden

April 27th - May 3rd
Artists Tools with Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden

May 4th - May 10th
Community Week with cinyu and MORE!

May 11th - May 17th
Art History Week with DistortedSmile, PirateLotus-Stock and MORE!

May 18th - May 24th
Art in the Professions with Mrs-Durden

May 25th - May 31st
Photo-manipulation with AbbeyMarie 

June 1st - June 7th
Community Week with cinyu and MORE!

June 8th - June 14th
Chat and Forums week with Mrs-Durden and diphylla

June 15th - June 21st
Senior Week with cinyu, Arichy and MiloticScale

June 22nd - June 28th
Calligraphy with pica-ae

June 29th - July 5th
Street Photography with hosagu and MORE!

July 6th - July 12th
Photojournalism with tanikel and Timothy-Sim

July 13th - July 19th
Digital Art with diphylla and Aeirmid

July 20th - July 26th
Photography as a medium with justanothersomeone

July 27th - August 2nd
Traditional Art with Agaave

August 3rd - August 9th
Macro Week with Kaz-D and MarcosRodriguez


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Calendar and Info!

projecteducate was founded seven years ago by Moonbeam13 and since then has been a project run by the Community Volunteer team. The group is aimed at providing educational information for artists who want to learn about all sorts of art genres or who want to contribute their own knowledge for others to read about.

Weeks are usually allocated in seven day blocks unless there is a lot to cover and for general weeks a Community Volunteer will take the lead and bring you seven days of awesome in the form of articles, features, chat events, interviews and maybe even a contest or two. The volunteer will share their knowledge about the gallery that they oversee on DeviantArt or if they are a Chat & Forums volunteer they will give you insight into how things work over there. But now we have more and more involvement from the Community and we have themed weeks, which give anyone the chance to participate!

To participate in any of the below Themed Weeks or any of the scheduled Community Volunteer weeks just note projecteducate with your thoughts. We will discuss your ideas with you and help you all the way from the drafting to the final editing and beyond! You just need to note your ideas to the group at least two weeks before the start date and final drafts must be in one week beforehand. Once your idea has been approved, you will be provided with all the guidelines, journal CSS info and anything else that you need. Scroll down for some background info on our themed weeks and the dates for when each week will next be launched!

Community Weeks


These are weeks that are opened up to anyone on DeviantArt who has a wish to write about something art focused and educational. All we ask is that the topic hasn't been covered recently and that you be sure to credit any sources that you link. You can find all of the previous Community Week articles in this gallery.

Artists Tools


These are weeks which are completely dedicated to the Tools of the Trade! Whether you're a digital artist, traditional, photographer or something else - we want your knowledge about the tools you use to get creative. As long as your article focuses on an Art based tool or an interview discussing tools - or even a feature - then we'd love to hear from you. For previous topics that have been covered during Artists Tools Weeks visit this gallery.

Art History


Art History is all about delving into the past to find out who & what has shaped us into the artists that we have become today. If you have a specific forte about a period of Art History then we'd love to hear from you. You can write about art styles, artists, periods of time or something else as long as it's historical and has an educational twist. For previous Art History Weeks visit this gallery.

Art in the Professions


Art in the Professions week is dedicated to bringing education and awareness of the many ways in which art can become a career or play a significant role within a career. Through interviews, personal accounts, advice and guidance, articles during the week aim to give the community a taste of how they might be able to make art their profession whether it be within their career or as a job on the side.

Hints & Tips


These are short and concise blogs that we post through the group when things are quiet. You can work with us to find an empty slot in the schedule for posting these blogs. Hints & Tips blogs need to be brief and if possible include an illustration or photograph for those who prefer visual learning. For information on our previous Hints and Tips blogs, visit this gallery.

So what are you waiting for? With an audience of over 3,500 people on DeviantArt projecteducate is the perfect platform from which to launch your next educational article. Send us a note today!


Project Educate - The Schedule of Weeks!



2015


April 6th - April 12th
Community Week with cinyu and MORE!

April 20th - April 26th
Art in the Professions Week with Mrs-Durden

April 27th - May 3rd
Artists Tools with Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden

May 4th - May 10th
Community Week with cinyu and MORE!

May 11th - May 17th
Art History Week with DistortedSmile, PirateLotus-Stock and MORE!

May 18th - May 24th
Art in the Professions with Mrs-Durden

May 25th - May 31st
Photo-manipulation with AbbeyMarie 

June 1st - June 7th
Community Week with cinyu and MORE!

June 8th - June 14th
Chat and Forums week with Mrs-Durden and diphylla

June 15th - June 21st
Senior Week with cinyu, Arichy and MiloticScale

June 22nd - June 28th
Calligraphy with pica-ae

June 29th - July 5th
Street Photography with hosagu and MORE!

July 6th - July 12th
Photojournalism with tanikel and Timothy-Sim

July 13th - July 19th
Digital Art with diphylla and Aeirmid

July 20th - July 26th
Photography as a medium with justanothersomeone

July 27th - August 2nd
Traditional Art with Agaave

August 3rd - August 9th
Macro Week with Kaz-D and MarcosRodriguez


Photography Newsletter

Sun May 3, 2015, 6:00 AM
DeviantArt has recently updated their watermark to reflect the new logo and changes. You can read more here. Do you Watermark your work? How do you do it? Is your watermark an advertising statement, a protection against theft or both? Link us to your watermarks in the comments of this newsletter so that we can get a discussion going about what preferences there are out there. Which brings us on to our next topic - when does imitation stop being flattering? Is it ever flattering? Read more here.

This month we're sharing a fun fact that many Photographers probably don't know about (I certainly didn't!) Did you know that you could be accused of violating copyright if you take and share photographs of the Eiffel Tower at night? Read more here.

Word of the Month

Ethics; Ethics in photography is linked to any kind of photographer, from the amateur to the professional, for the Deviants submitting their photos on DA, or other sites. What about the copyrights? How can we be protected against Art Theft? Can we shoot in the street without any authorization? What are the differences between editorial photogaphy and commercial photography? There are many questions and many grey areas that try to answer them. Check out this link to read more thoughts on the subject.

Photograph of the Day

The photographers that were featured for Photograph of the Day during the past month at CRPhotography are listed below. If you'd like to see yourself featured, or a friend, suggest photographs here!
:iconyorkshiresam: :iconart0fck: :iconbr53199: :iconkparks: :iconporbital: :iconannamazur: :icongetcarter: :icondavid-plastique: :iconalmost-human-cosband: :iconkarz09: :iconharrietsfriend: :iconvenesmir: :iconroman-gp: :iconwolfling01: :iconravenajuly: :iconredanshy: :iconjmadphoto: :iconxthumbtakx: :iconjakezdaniel: :icong-p-photography: :iconchaerul-umam: :iconsesjusz:

Contests & Projects

If you'd like to see your contest, project or challenge featured here then just send CRPhotography a note with the details and we'll promote it next month!
:bulletgreen: CRPhotography's monthly contest is up very soon! Watch the group for more updates.
:bulletgreen: Still-Life-Stills's are asking if they should think about Bringing Contests Back?
:bulletgreen: Abstract-and-Surreal's MAY CONTEST (PARADISE) AND APRIL WINNERS
:bulletgreen: Check out the Earth Day 2015, Project Going Green

General Photography News

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden



techgnotic published an article in the DeviantArt Road Trip series this time featuring Kaz-D's works and her experience of the Isle of Wight in the UK. Check it out here. At CRPhotography this month we've been debating D-SLR Cameras Versus Bridge cameras - what do you think?

projecteducate needs you and we're looking for writers - we want people who will write about anything and everything educational to do with Art and that includes Photography! Check out Project Educate - Dates and Information! for more information on how to get involved. We have an Art History Week coming up that we would LOVE to have you participate in!

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer justanothersomeone



You'll find some fantastic Surreal Photography here, as well as some shots from Sanja Marusic and on this Website great shots about the surreal vision of photographers working on surreal photography. Are you a Surreal Photographer? What do you consider your vision to be?

There's a great selection from Nikola Olic's shots which can hopefully inspire you to create. Also, check out these naturally beautiful shots captured in a gallery from National Geographic.


The Disappearance Of Ms. G - State Of Levitation by AlexandruCrisan


Animals, Plants and Nature

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


ElyneNoir invites us to take a photographic journey with her into small worlds - a beautiful collection of photographs which allow us a closer look at the beauty we can't always see with the naked eye. Mrs-Durden compiled a feature in honor of Earth Day for us to enjoy the beauty that nature offers us, check it out here. rainylake is regularly posting amazing features of photographs from the APN galleries, check out her recent Border Collie Love feature here. Check out JenFruzz's APN Adventures! A wonderful collection of all types of APN photography! And finally, Tools for Photographing the Night Sky was released by Kaz-D for projecteducate! Check the article for some helpful tips!


Humpback Breach by Nimkish


Artistic Nude

Community Volunteers Nyx-Valentine


*Our Artistic Nude section will often contain something that's Not Safe for Work (NSFW)*
Get a look at this very fine selection where maternity is incredibly well illustrated and the beauty of pregnancy is celebrated.


Roarie 3 by Plage-Photo
 


Conceptual

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


the-mirror-club has launched a new themed collection for conceptual photography, titled "Silence". They invite you to submit conceptual photos fitting this theme or create your own! More information here. Mikael Aldo is an Indonesian conceptual photographer, and you'll find in this article a selection of his work and the way he shots through his very artistic and conceptual point of view.


Swan Lake by KatelinaArt

Commercial

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


Commercial Photography is usually a very quiet gallery but this month we have a fantastic article to share with you! For projecteducate, Kaz-D has written an article sharing Six tools for Product Photography.

coffe time by e-M-D-e


Darkroom

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden



The Online Darkroom is a great blog dedicated to analog and traditional photography. You'll find both types of artists featured but also useful tips and informations about darkroom photography. For example, check out thisseries of articles about using a Leica, or this article about a great Turkish photographer, with some english translations of his own blog.


t r e i b s a n d by ra-gro


Fashion

Community Volunteers Pixel-Spotlight


Check out the tenth edition of the monthly feature Fashion Makes the World go Round by Mrs-Durden. The recent Monday Munchies issue featured the amazing Aisii! Check it out here.


Madonna by Widmanska


Horror and Macabre

Community Volunteer pullingcandy


Paul Koudounaris is a photographer with a personal vision in his photography about death.
Elena Helfrecht is illustrated here through her incredible and very powerful shots with a very personal and beautiful signature. On DeviantArt this month pullingcandy has shared her Daily Deviation features for April in her April 2015 Spooky DD Round-Up.


*schlrp* by BW-999


Macro

Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez


Have a look here at the macro spotlight by one of our great CVs MarcosRodriguez, and don't hesitate to check out the previous ones!


Kristallwelt by Ikarusthefirst


Other

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


For interviews featuring photographers who are experienced in horror & macabre, darkroom and transportation photography (among others), have a look here.

People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


Read here for an interesting view of a professional photographer who started his career with some difficulties when approaching people to make their portraits. You'll find some great shots taken by a Japanese Photographer Yuki Aoyama whose interesting shots explore the lives in uniforms. (Japanese speaking only but the images tell a story themselves!)


Korra's Lookout Point by XenochromeX


Pinup and Glamour

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile


Highlighting talent in the Pin-up and Glamour Community, DistortedSmile has published another article in the series Under the Skin which focuses this time on abclic. Also, be sure to check out the latest instalment of LUSH! featuring a selection of beautiful pin-up and glamour photographs. Latest: 22nd Apr | 15th Apr | 8th Apr | 1st Apr |

Check out Hell on Heels: a feature of the Pin up and Glamour group Death-Chick's latest submissions of ladies rocking heels. Go to this excellent blog held by two adorable pin up fashion victims about vintage and glamour pin ups, rockabilly, and so on!


A boombox can change the world by LandOfTheLoost


Photo-journalism

Community Volunteer tanikel



Did you know about the New York times' site: Lens? A great photo site about visual journalism. For example, check this article about Dennis Hopper's camera works. The Week's site proposes a fine selection of worldwide events through excellent shots. You'll find in this Time's article some odd news about what the future could hold...


No to Racism! by DegsyJonesPhoto


Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


This month our tasty looking Nom Nom series focused on Easter! If you would like to see your favourite tasty morsel featured just note CRPhotography with your idea. We share recipes and feature still life deviations each month!

Check out this roundup from FrancescaDelfino that shares all of the Still Life Spotlights that premium have published.


Burger by Delahkel


Street

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


On DA: do you know about Batsceba's Progressive street journal ? If not, here is an example. You can find in the group Progressive-Street, some fine selections of street shots from DA Artists!
She also managed to gather for the same city (Milano...) two deviants, two photographers, and their street shots in the same city... Two visions! Street Milano part 1 and Street Milano part 2.

niklin1 is on the move! This deviant, a fantastic street photographer, has been on DA for 1 year and is already a great devious member... Check out his actual live shots taken from his trip here.

A long read for a blog post, but Eric's Kim tips are to be studied carefully, about how to express yourself as an Artist and a photographer... A great thing for all those who share and love Street Photography.

You'll find Guardian's post a great selection of Weegee's shots, famous New York Photographer who shot during the 30's and 40's (yes! nearly a century ago...) There's a blast from the past...

To finish this months series...An absolute must read: go and check out this astonishing and passionate, vibrant text about street photography. Originally a syndicated blog spot, which has been republished with permission on the excellent Phoblographer blog.


no title by kaminsky


Transportation

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


The April Contest at CRPhotography was about "other" photography, with the transportation category in it. Don't miss the results of this great contest to come and give love to the artists featured in April contest: Other Photography.


WWII by nigel3


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: An article about photography skill levels - link
:bulletred: The trap of a big following - link
:bulletred: TEDx Talk about finding photos right before your eyes - link
:bulletred: Volunteering as a photographer, how and when - link
:bulletred: Movies about photography - link


:bulletred: Theory: using television to improve your knowledge of lighting - link
:bulletred: Theory: how to take better photos at home - link
:bulletred: Theory: what is color temperature? - link


:bulletred: Tutorial: 1h20m tutorial on Light Painting and night photography - video
:bulletred: DIY: how to build a pinhole lens for your DSLR - link
:bulletred: Gear: what causes memory cards to corrupt? - link
:bulletred: Gear: how to get the best result from your lenses - link


:bulletred: LR/PS: understanding the differences between Lightroom and Photoshop - link
:bulletred: LR: how Lightroom works and where it keeps your images - link
:bulletred: LR: a simple way to rate and keyword pictures - link
:bulletred: LR: implementing a controlled vocabulary for keywords - link
:bulletred: LR: Lightroom CC is here! - link

DeviantArt Photography News of Note...


Here in the Monthly Feature: Members Interview!, a multiple interview which explores some of the great artists on DA: MarinaCoric, lightdrafter, CenobiteAdnaloy, shadeley, arslanalp, Neo-Anima, Vermontster, and MARX77.

For more great artists to stumble upon this weekend, check out the feature series  made by silber-engleinSpecial Feature III: Shonika and Special Feature IV: losesprit, giving you the opportunity to discover great artists on DA!

hosagu's App of the Month!

Welcome to this new section of the Newsletter edited and researched by hosagu! We'll mention here an app for phones and tablets which is linked to photography, either for photo editing or related to photography in some way. If you'd like to share your experience of a specific App then please note CRPhotography for next month!

This month we're looking at: Nat Geo View. This application from National Geographic is just outstanding. The design is absolutely beautiful, and the idea is that day by day, you'll get free access to photos chosen on various topics, and if you want more: you'll get access to the past seven days. These photos are all chosen from submissions of people like you and me! So check it out! And sorry: this one is just for IOS devices. If you don't have one, tell one of your friend who might have an ios device!

New Equipment and Technology

:bulletblack:A must read about Timelapse and photography, this site provides great and incredible shots.

:bulletblack:An opportunity not to miss!!!! This Nasa lensis for you, depending on your... Budget, of course!

:bulletblack:It looks like Sony would like to develop a Touchless Shutter, which would allow us to trigger without... triggering, check it out!

Forum Posts

-First DSLR suggestions?
-Hydrogen-alpha and IR filters for cameras?
-using RAW

Groups to Check Out!

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

:bulletblack:Through-a-Lens are looking for new admins to help their group! Find out how you can apply here

Huge thanks to the newsletter contributors this month: Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden, 3wyl, hosagu, silber-englein & daguerreoty-pe

Photography Newsletter
Welcome to the monthly Photography newsletter put together and brought to you by members of the admin team at CRPhotography. This month we're discussing Watermarks, Imitation (is it flattering or not?!) and much much more. We've introduced a new App section exploring the App of the month and we're sharing lots of technological news which might interest you. Don't forget to :+fav: the article if you enjoyed it!
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Artists Tools - It's a wrap!

Sat May 2, 2015, 11:57 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Artists Tools

This week, thanks to some awesome Deviants, we have had a huge range of articles to share with you covering lots of different topics. We hope that you've found something useful and have picked up something new this week. Below is our roundup of all the articles published in the past seven days - don't forget to fav the articles if you enjoyed reading them! Thanks go to this weeks contributors: ParadisiacPicture, Kaz-D, Tudalia, George-B-Art, Mrs-Durden, Khallandra, Xadrea, JosephBlakeParker, MarcoEmma and RogueMudblood. Thanks go to our editors this week JenFruzz and Mrs-Durden. If you'd like to participate in Project Educate and find out more, check out Project Educate - Dates and Information!

:bulletpink: 5 DIY Photography Gadgets
:bulletpink: Six tools for Product Photography
:bulletpink: 10 Steps for making a Good Tutorial
:bulletpink: George's Traditional Art Tools
:bulletpink: Photoshop: The Unsharp Tool
:bulletpink: PE: Tips for Blending with Markers
:bulletpink: Resin Casting
:bulletpink: Joseph Blake Parker's Writing Tools
:bulletpink: MarcoEmma's Prompt Bank
:bulletpink: Tools for Making a Pattern
:bulletpink: Finding The Fourms

Joseph Blake Parker's Writing Tools

Fri May 1, 2015, 2:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Artists Tools

projecteducate have interviewed JosephBlakeParker this week in order to find out more information about the Tools for Writers that he is working on. Joseph is working on a series of articles which have all been shared through DeviantArt so far and which will one day become a book encouraging  Anyone to become a writer.



About the Writer...


My name is Joseph Blake Parker, but I go by Blake and on DeviantArt I am JosephBlakeParker. I grew up between the United States and the country of Bolivia. During that time growing up, I had an insatiable appetite for stories in whatever form I could find them—plays, local legends, movies, books, comics. And I think the story that then influenced me unlike any other was Batman the Animated Series. It taught me many life-lesson about the sort of person I wanted to be—and through that, the power of story to change a person's life, and give them purpose. And so I went to school at ORU, where excellent writing professors taught me many skills in storytelling, including how to dissect stories and find the elements that I wanted for my own work. There, I got my degree in writing, attended every conference I could find on the subject of stories, and ran a literary magazine. Now, I'm working on trying to refine and publish my first Young Adult-Urban Fantasy novel, working on early drafts of at least three other novels, and putting out tutorial articles on how to write.

6 Steps to Writing a First Turning Point6 Steps to Writing a First Turning Point (Call to Action)
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 4 “Plot Points” – Section 3 “The First Turning Point”
With Links to Supplementary Material
We have finally arrived to the last part of Act I in your story, when your Protagonist-driven story will really take off. The First Turning point, also called the “Call to Action” or the “Minor Inciting Incident,” can be thought of as a tremor event after the earthquake, (Inciting Incident) that disrupted the balance that was your protagonist's life. Only this time, it will drive your protagonist to specific action.
Step 1: Connect some dots between your planned
6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Rising Action6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Rising Action
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 4 “Plot Points” – Section 4 “The Rising Action”
With Links to Supplementary Material
Welcome to Act II of your story, where we are going to start by discussing Rising Action. Rising Action is a series of events or chapters that occur after your protagonist realizes how they are going to resolve their problem in the First Turning Point. For me, this is often the most fun, lighthearted, and enjoyable part of any novel I write—and I will provide so

About the Series...


I'm currently working on a series of articles (to later become an actual book), currently titled “Anybody Can Write a Novel.” The project started out when I was looking for a guide for adept writers who knew the basics of writing, but wanted to figure out how to improve from there. I didn't find one that quite fitted what I was looking for and so, in frustration, I just jotted down the few things that I had learned so far that I'd never seen in any sort of guide or any lecture. To my surprise, this little journal was well-received by the Deviant Art community, and the process of writing it helped me to actually sit at my desk and think about parts of a story in terms of its elements—figuring out what added to a story and what detracted from it. This quickly evolved to a realization that one could actually take apart and analyze every element in writing—from the plot, to the paragraphs, to the characters. So I began to do just that, and then explained them in a simple and straight-forward way that anyone could understand. I hope that people will take my guides, not as a universal set of writing laws, but as a resource by which they can begin to look at their own stories in terms of pieces that serve specific functions. That way, aspiring writers can not only use those pieces with a sense of purpose, but also be encouraged by the fact that writing is a craft that can be taught to anybody who is passionate enough about it to learn. And because my guide works as a tool to encourage critical thinking, my target audience are beginning writers and experienced ones alike.

5 Steps to Writing Good Foil Characters5 Steps to Writing Good Foil Characters
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 3 “Characters” – Section 7 “Foil Characters”
With Links to Supplementary Material
A Foil—which is a character that contrasts the protagonist or another major character—is a character that most writers and readers do not pay very close attention to, and for two reasons. First, a well crafted story interweaves the Foil so well that he/she is often difficult to identify. And second, the foil always falls into Another Character Type. Today, I'm going to talk about what makes a good foil—and how to use that role to enhance the qualities of your
6 Steps to Creating Universe Filler Characters6 Steps to Creating Great Universe Filler Characters
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 3 “Characters” – Section 6 “Universe Filler Characters”
With Links to Supplementary Material
Everybody is the Protagonist in the story of their own life—including the side-characters that may only have one line of dialogue in your entire novel—not even enough for them to be considered Supporting Characters. Unlike in bad action movies, Universe Filler Characters are not just stupid pedestrians that stand and point or scream helplessly as life-threatening danger comes their way. Nor should they be. Good U

The Writing Style...


What is my writing style? That one is difficult for me to answer—I've never been asked before. My style was heavily influenced by the works of Stephen King and Nancy Farmer. Both wrote with the conviction of writing well but without flowery language and sentence structures, and without plot elements that serve to make the author feel smarter than the reader. Also, both believe in writing in a way that is inclusive to all people while still being dynamic and stimulating—as opposed to writing solely for the literary elite. I don't really have a name for that style, but it's what I hope to aspire to.

One Piece of Advice...


If I could could give only one piece of advice to a writer, it would be to never give up on your story. Stories are made through countless revisions and rewrites—and each time you rewrite your story, you learn invaluable lessons about your characters, your plot, and the craft of writing. You might have to change the genre of your story, the characters, the plot, and throw away entire drafts—I certainly have. But every time you do, you learn something unexpected, and the next draft will come out infinitely better—until you revise it yet again and are horrified. Be joyful in your horror! It is the sign that you have grown enough as a writer to realize your mistakes, and improve.




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Kaz-D
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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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Photography Newsletter

Sun May 3, 2015, 6:00 AM
DeviantArt has recently updated their watermark to reflect the new logo and changes. You can read more here. Do you Watermark your work? How do you do it? Is your watermark an advertising statement, a protection against theft or both? Link us to your watermarks in the comments of this newsletter so that we can get a discussion going about what preferences there are out there. Which brings us on to our next topic - when does imitation stop being flattering? Is it ever flattering? Read more here.

This month we're sharing a fun fact that many Photographers probably don't know about (I certainly didn't!) Did you know that you could be accused of violating copyright if you take and share photographs of the Eiffel Tower at night? Read more here.

Word of the Month

Ethics; Ethics in photography is linked to any kind of photographer, from the amateur to the professional, for the Deviants submitting their photos on DA, or other sites. What about the copyrights? How can we be protected against Art Theft? Can we shoot in the street without any authorization? What are the differences between editorial photogaphy and commercial photography? There are many questions and many grey areas that try to answer them. Check out this link to read more thoughts on the subject.

Photograph of the Day

The photographers that were featured for Photograph of the Day during the past month at CRPhotography are listed below. If you'd like to see yourself featured, or a friend, suggest photographs here!
:iconyorkshiresam: :iconart0fck: :iconbr53199: :iconkparks: :iconporbital: :iconannamazur: :icongetcarter: :icondavid-plastique: :iconalmost-human-cosband: :iconkarz09: :iconharrietsfriend: :iconvenesmir: :iconroman-gp: :iconwolfling01: :iconravenajuly: :iconredanshy: :iconjmadphoto: :iconxthumbtakx: :iconjakezdaniel: :icong-p-photography: :iconchaerul-umam: :iconsesjusz:

Contests & Projects

If you'd like to see your contest, project or challenge featured here then just send CRPhotography a note with the details and we'll promote it next month!
:bulletgreen: CRPhotography's monthly contest is up very soon! Watch the group for more updates.
:bulletgreen: Still-Life-Stills's are asking if they should think about Bringing Contests Back?
:bulletgreen: Abstract-and-Surreal's MAY CONTEST (PARADISE) AND APRIL WINNERS
:bulletgreen: Check out the Earth Day 2015, Project Going Green

General Photography News

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden



techgnotic published an article in the DeviantArt Road Trip series this time featuring Kaz-D's works and her experience of the Isle of Wight in the UK. Check it out here. At CRPhotography this month we've been debating D-SLR Cameras Versus Bridge cameras - what do you think?

projecteducate needs you and we're looking for writers - we want people who will write about anything and everything educational to do with Art and that includes Photography! Check out Project Educate - Dates and Information! for more information on how to get involved. We have an Art History Week coming up that we would LOVE to have you participate in!

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer justanothersomeone



You'll find some fantastic Surreal Photography here, as well as some shots from Sanja Marusic and on this Website great shots about the surreal vision of photographers working on surreal photography. Are you a Surreal Photographer? What do you consider your vision to be?

There's a great selection from Nikola Olic's shots which can hopefully inspire you to create. Also, check out these naturally beautiful shots captured in a gallery from National Geographic.


The Disappearance Of Ms. G - State Of Levitation by AlexandruCrisan


Animals, Plants and Nature

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


ElyneNoir invites us to take a photographic journey with her into small worlds - a beautiful collection of photographs which allow us a closer look at the beauty we can't always see with the naked eye. Mrs-Durden compiled a feature in honor of Earth Day for us to enjoy the beauty that nature offers us, check it out here. rainylake is regularly posting amazing features of photographs from the APN galleries, check out her recent Border Collie Love feature here. Check out JenFruzz's APN Adventures! A wonderful collection of all types of APN photography! And finally, Tools for Photographing the Night Sky was released by Kaz-D for projecteducate! Check the article for some helpful tips!


Humpback Breach by Nimkish


Artistic Nude

Community Volunteers Nyx-Valentine


*Our Artistic Nude section will often contain something that's Not Safe for Work (NSFW)*
Get a look at this very fine selection where maternity is incredibly well illustrated and the beauty of pregnancy is celebrated.


Roarie 3 by Plage-Photo
 


Conceptual

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


the-mirror-club has launched a new themed collection for conceptual photography, titled "Silence". They invite you to submit conceptual photos fitting this theme or create your own! More information here. Mikael Aldo is an Indonesian conceptual photographer, and you'll find in this article a selection of his work and the way he shots through his very artistic and conceptual point of view.


Swan Lake by KatelinaArt

Commercial

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


Commercial Photography is usually a very quiet gallery but this month we have a fantastic article to share with you! For projecteducate, Kaz-D has written an article sharing Six tools for Product Photography.

coffe time by e-M-D-e


Darkroom

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden



The Online Darkroom is a great blog dedicated to analog and traditional photography. You'll find both types of artists featured but also useful tips and informations about darkroom photography. For example, check out thisseries of articles about using a Leica, or this article about a great Turkish photographer, with some english translations of his own blog.


t r e i b s a n d by ra-gro


Fashion

Community Volunteers Pixel-Spotlight


Check out the tenth edition of the monthly feature Fashion Makes the World go Round by Mrs-Durden. The recent Monday Munchies issue featured the amazing Aisii! Check it out here.


Madonna by Widmanska


Horror and Macabre

Community Volunteer pullingcandy


Paul Koudounaris is a photographer with a personal vision in his photography about death.
Elena Helfrecht is illustrated here through her incredible and very powerful shots with a very personal and beautiful signature. On DeviantArt this month pullingcandy has shared her Daily Deviation features for April in her April 2015 Spooky DD Round-Up.


*schlrp* by BW-999


Macro

Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez


Have a look here at the macro spotlight by one of our great CVs MarcosRodriguez, and don't hesitate to check out the previous ones!


Kristallwelt by Ikarusthefirst


Other

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


For interviews featuring photographers who are experienced in horror & macabre, darkroom and transportation photography (among others), have a look here.

People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


Read here for an interesting view of a professional photographer who started his career with some difficulties when approaching people to make their portraits. You'll find some great shots taken by a Japanese Photographer Yuki Aoyama whose interesting shots explore the lives in uniforms. (Japanese speaking only but the images tell a story themselves!)


Korra's Lookout Point by XenochromeX


Pinup and Glamour

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile


Highlighting talent in the Pin-up and Glamour Community, DistortedSmile has published another article in the series Under the Skin which focuses this time on abclic. Also, be sure to check out the latest instalment of LUSH! featuring a selection of beautiful pin-up and glamour photographs. Latest: 22nd Apr | 15th Apr | 8th Apr | 1st Apr |

Check out Hell on Heels: a feature of the Pin up and Glamour group Death-Chick's latest submissions of ladies rocking heels. Go to this excellent blog held by two adorable pin up fashion victims about vintage and glamour pin ups, rockabilly, and so on!


A boombox can change the world by LandOfTheLoost


Photo-journalism

Community Volunteer tanikel



Did you know about the New York times' site: Lens? A great photo site about visual journalism. For example, check this article about Dennis Hopper's camera works. The Week's site proposes a fine selection of worldwide events through excellent shots. You'll find in this Time's article some odd news about what the future could hold...


No to Racism! by DegsyJonesPhoto


Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


This month our tasty looking Nom Nom series focused on Easter! If you would like to see your favourite tasty morsel featured just note CRPhotography with your idea. We share recipes and feature still life deviations each month!

Check out this roundup from FrancescaDelfino that shares all of the Still Life Spotlights that premium have published.


Burger by Delahkel


Street

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


On DA: do you know about Batsceba's Progressive street journal ? If not, here is an example. You can find in the group Progressive-Street, some fine selections of street shots from DA Artists!
She also managed to gather for the same city (Milano...) two deviants, two photographers, and their street shots in the same city... Two visions! Street Milano part 1 and Street Milano part 2.

niklin1 is on the move! This deviant, a fantastic street photographer, has been on DA for 1 year and is already a great devious member... Check out his actual live shots taken from his trip here.

A long read for a blog post, but Eric's Kim tips are to be studied carefully, about how to express yourself as an Artist and a photographer... A great thing for all those who share and love Street Photography.

You'll find Guardian's post a great selection of Weegee's shots, famous New York Photographer who shot during the 30's and 40's (yes! nearly a century ago...) There's a blast from the past...

To finish this months series...An absolute must read: go and check out this astonishing and passionate, vibrant text about street photography. Originally a syndicated blog spot, which has been republished with permission on the excellent Phoblographer blog.


no title by kaminsky


Transportation

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden


The April Contest at CRPhotography was about "other" photography, with the transportation category in it. Don't miss the results of this great contest to come and give love to the artists featured in April contest: Other Photography.


WWII by nigel3


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: An article about photography skill levels - link
:bulletred: The trap of a big following - link
:bulletred: TEDx Talk about finding photos right before your eyes - link
:bulletred: Volunteering as a photographer, how and when - link
:bulletred: Movies about photography - link


:bulletred: Theory: using television to improve your knowledge of lighting - link
:bulletred: Theory: how to take better photos at home - link
:bulletred: Theory: what is color temperature? - link


:bulletred: Tutorial: 1h20m tutorial on Light Painting and night photography - video
:bulletred: DIY: how to build a pinhole lens for your DSLR - link
:bulletred: Gear: what causes memory cards to corrupt? - link
:bulletred: Gear: how to get the best result from your lenses - link


:bulletred: LR/PS: understanding the differences between Lightroom and Photoshop - link
:bulletred: LR: how Lightroom works and where it keeps your images - link
:bulletred: LR: a simple way to rate and keyword pictures - link
:bulletred: LR: implementing a controlled vocabulary for keywords - link
:bulletred: LR: Lightroom CC is here! - link

DeviantArt Photography News of Note...


Here in the Monthly Feature: Members Interview!, a multiple interview which explores some of the great artists on DA: MarinaCoric, lightdrafter, CenobiteAdnaloy, shadeley, arslanalp, Neo-Anima, Vermontster, and MARX77.

For more great artists to stumble upon this weekend, check out the feature series  made by silber-engleinSpecial Feature III: Shonika and Special Feature IV: losesprit, giving you the opportunity to discover great artists on DA!

hosagu's App of the Month!

Welcome to this new section of the Newsletter edited and researched by hosagu! We'll mention here an app for phones and tablets which is linked to photography, either for photo editing or related to photography in some way. If you'd like to share your experience of a specific App then please note CRPhotography for next month!

This month we're looking at: Nat Geo View. This application from National Geographic is just outstanding. The design is absolutely beautiful, and the idea is that day by day, you'll get free access to photos chosen on various topics, and if you want more: you'll get access to the past seven days. These photos are all chosen from submissions of people like you and me! So check it out! And sorry: this one is just for IOS devices. If you don't have one, tell one of your friend who might have an ios device!

New Equipment and Technology

:bulletblack:A must read about Timelapse and photography, this site provides great and incredible shots.

:bulletblack:An opportunity not to miss!!!! This Nasa lensis for you, depending on your... Budget, of course!

:bulletblack:It looks like Sony would like to develop a Touchless Shutter, which would allow us to trigger without... triggering, check it out!

Forum Posts

-First DSLR suggestions?
-Hydrogen-alpha and IR filters for cameras?
-using RAW

Groups to Check Out!

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

:bulletblack:Through-a-Lens are looking for new admins to help their group! Find out how you can apply here

Huge thanks to the newsletter contributors this month: Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden, 3wyl, hosagu, silber-englein & daguerreoty-pe

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Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I didn't know where it was from actually, I can't even remember where I found it :D

Yes my 26th was in April so I'm well on the way to 27! :giggle:

I've been to Kent probably for getting to Folkestone I think, I don't remember much! Yes I'm in Hampshire, it's very green and not so flat :nod: Ever been?
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DorianOrendain Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for featuring my photo! :D
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome :)
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scheinbar Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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