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Artists Tools - It's a wrap!

Sun Oct 19, 2014, 10:31 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Artists Tools!

Huge thanks to all those involved in the latest Artist's Tools week - we've had some fabulous articles which have covered a huge range of topics. If you missed anything then please do check out the articles below and show the love! 

Artists' Toolbox: The 50mm LensAstrikos for projecteducate
Nifty Fifty
The 50mm lens is a great, great lens.
It's versatile, fast and bright, and mimics the view of the human eye (on a full frame. If shot with an APC-S size sensor, it ends up being more like a 80mm). It's also light and easy to carry around. Not only that, but the f/1.8 variety is usually very cheap. The one I use was priced at around $100. Of course, there's the extremely nice f/1.4 variety, but that costs a lot more. If you need a sharp prime lens on a budget, the 50mm f/1.8 is a great deal. 
Prime lenses: Prime lenses do not have a zoom range. They're often sharper than their zoom lens counterparts because they lack the extra moving glass elements that the zoom need. This allows them to capture clearer images and are usually sharper. Since prime lenses are simpler, they usually can open up pretty wide, making them faster and more useful in low light situations.
Versatility
One of the best th
  Tea PaintingArtist's Toolbox
It smells lovely and gives beautiful sepia tones and great textures - what's not to love about tea and coffee painting?

Different effects and shades can be acquired by using different kinds of tea. Black tea is the easiest to use, since it's also the easiest to make the darkest essence with it, while white tea and green tea are much harder in this manner. I prefer teabags (only for painting though), but using leafy tea can create interesting textures, if you leave the leaves on paper until the whole layer dries. You can use tea bags as stamps!
Painting with coffee is similar, although the differences in shade aren't that significant. You need to be careful with instant coffee - thick layers can get sticky and shiny even after it's dry. Ground coffee and textures go along very well, if you leave the grounds on paper, ju
  Artists Toolbox: MarkersArtists Tool Box: Markers
So today I want to talk to you guys about one of my favourite colouring tools: markers.  We've all seen them and used them, from the scented ones that some of us tried not to lick in grade 1 to the Crayolas that are everywhere to Sharpie Markers in the back-to-school section to the fancy markers that can only be bought in art supply stores.  So here's what you need to know about markers :la:
The Basics
Cheap or expensive, easy to find or not, markers can be easily broken down into 2 types: water-based and alcohol-based.  For the sake of simplicity, I'm going to stick with 4 of the most common brands of art markers: Sharpies, Prisma Colors, Copics and Lyra Aqua Brush Pens.  Of these, only the Lyra markers are water-based; the other 3 are alcohol based.
Lyras, Copics and Prisma Colors tend to be double ended; one end tends to have a wider, wedge shaped tip and the other end typically has a finer tip or a brush.  Sharpies are single ended

Writing On The GoArtist's Toolbox
What I really like about projecteducate is that the articles are not lectures taught in person. Because of this, I can sit in a car and type up my article while waiting on my sister to get done with her art class. Of course, I still have to put the article into Stash and work on coding when I get back into a wifi zone, but 75% of the work is done! :dummy: Writing when you're out and about really helps you plow through your list of things to write so today I'll teach you some tips and tricks to make writing on the go easy and more enjoyable!
Times to Write
The Commute
I'm assuming most everybody reading this goes to school or work away from home which means you'll have to commute to work or school. If you drive yourself to work or school, skip over this section for it will have nothing valuable for you. If, however, you ride in a cab or bus or whatever and do not get sick while reading in a moving vehicle, this is for you. The comm
  PencilsArtist's Toolbox
Let’s talk about pencils, the handy tool that every artist uses. The pencil can seem pretty basic at first glance, just a mundane everyday object. But the pencil can create magic:
     
There are a variety of brands of pencils that you can use for art and a variety of kinds. Let’s quickly look at some examples:
Graphite Pencils: This is your humble every day pencil. It is useful for sketches and full scale black and white work. There are many brands ranging from cheap to expensive. Art graphite pencils vary in hardness. The best way to think of hardness is how easily the graphite smudges or applies to the paper.  F is the lightest and the hardest lead (the graphite filling of a pencil) and 9B is the softest and darkest lead
  5 Tools for Photographing JewelleryArtists Tools
There are quite a few photographs on DeviantART that depict Jewellery and in particular Jewellery photography is popular within the Artisan Crafts and Still Life galleries. So here are some basic tips to capturing your Jewellery at its best whether you want to sell your products or just show them off.. 
Light Boxes
I've recently used one of these to do some commercial photography and they work quite well. They're great for photographing small items on white backgrounds and having that clean, sharp commercial look. For those that haven't used them before, Lightboxes are translucent surfaces illuminated from behind which are designed to highlight the shape laid upon them in high contrast. Think about those boxes used to highlight X-rays in a hospital - just like that. They can be fairly decently priced and you can pick up bargains on places like Ebay. There's also a great article talking you through how to create your own. Check it out

DIY Photography ToolsArtists Tools
Articles focusing on DIY tools for Photography are numerous.... therefore we're not going to repeat one this week! Instead we are going to point you to ten awesome tutorials for doing it yourself with regards to Photography. These easy, cheap and often very successful ideas will help you now and in the future, some will stay with you for life and some are great little 'life hacks' to get you through until you can afford and justify purchasing the top notch equipment!
Canon users - DIY Remote Trigger
This is an American idea so it estimates the cost to be around '3 bucks.' To the brits reading this article, that's approximately £5...to the rest of you, well, it's pretty damn cheap regardless! Instructables have a great article explaining how it's possible to build your own remote trigger from a mobile phone hands free kit.
  Silver Soldering ToolsArtist's Toolbox
Silver soldering is one of many different types of soldering, and is a commonly used technique in jewelry-making. There are many different tools that can be used for silver soldering - I will go over the basic tools that I use in my soldering endeavors, but there are certainly a lot more than I will be able to cover in this article!
Solder
The first and most obvious "tool" in silver soldering is the solder itself. Silver solder is just that - it is silver alloys that are specifically created to melt at certain temperatures in order to be perfect for varying soldering jobs. The silver solder that I use comes in sheets & is cut into small chips in order to be used. There are different 'levels,' if you will, of solder - most commonly called Hard, Medium, Easy (and I sometimes use Extra Easy).
The difference between the 'levels' is the temperature at which they each melt. Hard solder melts at the hottest temperature, and Extra Easy at th
  Artists Toolbox: Digital Tutorials and Fur BrushesArtists Toolbox
Work With The Best
As a Digital Artist our world of creativity comes with a wide variety of tools at our disposal. Here you will find a list of tutorials that will help you with your Digital Art. Whether it's with backgrounds, details, or just brushes.
Why Should I use Tutorials For My Digital Art?
Digital Art is becoming increasingly popular for artists transitioning from traditional art to another medium. It's a medium that has a wide variety of options available to every artist out there and that's why it's so appealing ( among other long listed reasons )! Tutorials are essential but how do you know which one to choose?
Who's The Artist? This might seem like a silly question but it's important to look at the artist in which the tutorial is created from. Does their tutorials exhibit an array of skill that will be helpful to you? Is it clear and concise? Does examples of their own art display

Math and Programming for Fractal ArtistsArtist's Toolbox
Math and programming may look as scary subjects sometimes, but it is quite a useful tool when you are creating algorithmic art. After all, it is algorithic art =)
Understanding how your favourite software works
Of course, you do not need to be able to create a brand new fancy perfect fractal software from blank =) Still, some basic knowledge of how things work may be useful. Understanding the math behind a formula or a transformation can help you to find some cooler settings for it, or combine it sucessfully with other things. Being able to read some code usually helps, since there are very few tutorials and explanations on how things actually work (and not "add this, and then more around those sliders).

Creating your own custom plugins / formulas
Sometimes, the existing things just don't do what you want. It could be just a tiny little change in a formula. With some basic programmi
  Color Theory for Fractal Artists Artist's Toolbox
While those are not really Artist`s tools by themselves, knowledge of how to use them well may be a very important tool, not only for fractal artists but for everybody.
Colors
Finding the right color combo for your fractals may be pretty tricky, and the coloring can affect the final artwork a lot, sometimes changing it's whole appearance drastically. It is why some color theory info can be a very important tool for fractal artists. Of course it is not a universal rule, but rather a guideline, and will definitely help you to come up with pleasant and meaningful color combinations more easily.

You may read a bit more about it here:
http://www.worqx.com/color/
http://www.huevaluechroma.com/
Understanding Color
And an awesome, yet underused,
  Mark Making Using TwigsArtists Tools
When creating traditional art, it is often beneficial for artists to explore as many tools as possible to figure out what Works best for each person, often different methods wields interesting marks that an average brush or pen does not achieve unless it is forced.. 
When using tools that you are not used to, you become slightly vulnerable, you tread on new grounds that you have not yet experienced (unless you have used this method already).
When you use materials that you cannot fully control, you produce works that are uneven and it forces you to make marks that you previously wouldn't have done, leading to some unpredictable pieces of art... the longer the tool the more unpredictable the work.
In this demo I have used a few shrubs bound together using string and a twig, by using ink as a medium I can show you what kind of marks you can achieve
 
By using this method you can then fill in all the details with whatever you like, similar to wha


DIY Photography Tools

Thu Oct 16, 2014, 2:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Artists Tools

Articles focusing on DIY tools for Photography are numerous.... therefore we're not going to repeat one this week! Instead we are going to point you to ten awesome tutorials for doing it yourself with regards to Photography. These easy, cheap and often very successful ideas will help you now and in the future, some will stay with you for life and some are great little 'life hacks' to get you through until you can afford and justify purchasing the top notch equipment!

Canon users - DIY Remote Trigger


This is an American idea so it estimates the cost to be around '3 bucks.' To the brits reading this article, that's approximately £5...to the rest of you, well, it's pretty damn cheap regardless! Instructables have a great article explaining how it's possible to build your own remote trigger from a mobile phone hands free kit.

DIY Gorillapod


These are handy bits of kit that have been around for a while but have still not really dropped in price. Gorillapod's allow you to wrap your camera around things, railings, tree branches and so on whilst still keeping it stable. This tutorial talks you through how to make your own from a few bits of wire.

Vaseline Filter for a Blurry effect




Source: DIY Photography

This is a really simple one, elastic band (or hair tie), cling film and some vaseline. Be really careful though because Vaseline can be a real pain to get off of the lens. Attach the cling film to the lens, smear with vaseline and enjoy the effect!


Your own Bokeh Effect


Heart Bokeh Textures. by gloeckchen

Have you seen those awesome bokeh effects in amazing shapes like hearts and stars? There's an easy way to create them yourself. You'll need a fairly large aperture lens, black paper and some tape. Aperture wise the bet lens is 50mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.4. Just create a fake lens hood with the paper and then cut a square shape in the centre of the front of the cover. Make some slides out of rectangles of black paper and punch the shapes that you'd like to see, into the paper. For the best effects the shapes need to be around 15mm. Below is a video giving more information...



Do you have an awesome DIY trick that you'd love to share? Pop a link or a comment at the end of this article and we'll add it! The list is never-ending!

5 Tools for Photographing Jewellery

Wed Oct 15, 2014, 4:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Artists Tools

There are quite a few photographs on DeviantART that depict Jewellery and in particular Jewellery photography is popular within the Artisan Crafts and Still Life galleries. So here are some basic tips to capturing your Jewellery at its best whether you want to sell your products or just show them off.. 

Light Boxes
I've recently used one of these to do some commercial photography and they work quite well. They're great for photographing small items on white backgrounds and having that clean, sharp commercial look. For those that haven't used them before, Lightboxes are translucent surfaces illuminated from behind which are designed to highlight the shape laid upon them in high contrast. Think about those boxes used to highlight X-rays in a hospital - just like that. They can be fairly decently priced and you can pick up bargains on places like Ebay. There's also a great article talking you through how to create your own. Check it out here.


Source: Photosig


Light Tents
Not to be confused with the above! These are small white tents in which you can place your products. For small items such as jewellery, two lights can work really well. Lighting is another useful tool but again you can get creative with these rather than invest in the set up shown below. Small torches and anything that can provide good natural looking light will work well. Positioning the lights to the side of your light tent will help diffuse and get rid of any harsh glare - don't be afraid to move your object around until it's in a good position and casts no shadows.


Source: Makeup Talk


Creating 'Sparkle.'
Lighting is all very well and good, but what about that sparkle we often see on Jewellery? To create this (without photoshop) it's fairly simple but you need to be comfortable with your lighting setup first. For capturing the best sparkle, it does take a bit of investment, but there is something called a 'Diamond Dazzler Bulb' which you can use to put in your lights. It's available here. Pricey but worth it if you're in to selling your products commercially.


Prop Wax
This is genius. I use blu tak - it does the same thing! But wax is great because it's invisible in photographs, pretty much, and you can use it to stand up your jewellery especially small charms where you need a good angle to capture detail. It's also useful for those who work with polymer clay or who create dollhouse miniatures. It doesn't dry out, it's clean and it's clear!


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Black Ice
This is incredibly popular amongst photographers and allows you to capture that soft, muted yet 'pure' background. It can also be used to create crisp 'reflections' depending on the style you buy and what you use it for. It doesn't have to be expensive as the below kit - you can use black glass or black acrylic to create different effects and you can pick these sorts of things up from home stores as well.

Artists Tools Week - Introduction

Mon Oct 13, 2014, 1:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Artists Tools

This week it’s Artists Tools week! We have already had many successful artists tools weeks and if you’re interested in reading back through the articles just head to our gallery folder here.

This week we’re going to bring you articles focusing on how to photograph jewellery, marker tools, fractal software, brushes and much more. As always we welcome contributors to this sub project of projecteducate and if you have an article you’d like to write next time just send us a note.

We had a slight mishap which resulted in a  few articles being posted last week a little early. So be sure to check those out too - they’re listed below!

Tea PaintingArtist's Toolbox
It smells lovely and gives beautiful sepia tones and great textures - what's not to love about tea and coffee painting?

Different effects and shades can be acquired by using different kinds of tea. Black tea is the easiest to use, since it's also the easiest to make the darkest essence with it, while white tea and green tea are much harder in this manner. I prefer teabags (only for painting though), but using leafy tea can create interesting textures, if you leave the leaves on paper until the whole layer dries. You can use tea bags as stamps!
Painting with coffee is similar, although the differences in shade aren't that significant. You need to be careful with instant coffee - thick layers can get sticky and shiny even after it's dry. Ground coffee and textures go along very well, if you leave the grounds on paper, ju

Artists' Toolbox: The 50mm LensAstrikos for projecteducate
Nifty Fifty
The 50mm lens is a great, great lens.
It's versatile, fast and bright, and mimics the view of the human eye (on a full frame. If shot with an APC-S size sensor, it ends up being more like a 80mm). It's also light and easy to carry around. Not only that, but the f/1.8 variety is usually very cheap. The one I use was priced at around $100. Of course, there's the extremely nice f/1.4 variety, but that costs a lot more. If you need a sharp prime lens on a budget, the 50mm f/1.8 is a great deal. 
Prime lenses: Prime lenses do not have a zoom range. They're often sharper than their zoom lens counterparts because they lack the extra moving glass elements that the zoom need. This allows them to capture clearer images and are usually sharper. Since prime lenses are simpler, they usually can open up pretty wide, making them faster and more useful in low light situations.
Versatility
One of the best th


Art History: Man Ray

Fri Sep 26, 2014, 4:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Art History Week


"I have been accused of being a joker. But the most successful art to me involves humor.""


Man Ray was a highly creative and surrealistic influenced Photographer who lived from 1890 to 1976. Some of his most famous photographs were the results of his experimentation with photograms (something he termed rayographs) and solarisation. The latter involves an image being completely or partially inverted. Man Ray significantly contributed to the Dada and Surrealist movements that spanned his generation although this was strictly informal. Surprisingly, despite his experimentation with photography, Man Ray considered himself above all a painter. Another lesser known fact about the artist is that he married in 1946 to Juliet Browner in a double wedding ceremony that he shared with his friends Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning. Here on DeviantART many deviants have recreated some of his works... Based on Man Ray by benterzMan Ray Homage by mopho-to

Tribute to Man Ray I by SkullDaggerYPleasanT

Fuck Yeah Man Ray by annygreenWoman Ray: Shoes by quiconque


People + Portraits Exposed

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 11:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:


Here's a roundup of some of the People and Portrait Daily Deviations suggested throughout September - thanks to this month's suggesters, kerrybush, mahoujirou, OfOneSoul SabakuNoShi, Jens-Mueller, christophf hosagu and AlexanderPaupoff. Keep those suggestions coming!


Rain stops, good bye... by zingruby


On the edge of by apalkin

Spirit by michellis13
FAITH by getcarterThe shades of autumn by eemotional
Japan Summer by blumilein
The Watcher by angelvein
Floral Dream by michellis13o.o.o by kpubo-gete
Cocoon II by BeautifulDisasterIam

Conceptual Creations

Mon Sep 15, 2014, 7:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:


Here are some of the latest additions to the Conceptual Photography gallery here on DeviantART and some of the Daily Deviations suggested in the last few weeks that match the Conceptual description! Don't forget if you have a Conceptual Photography suggestion for a Daily Deviation then you can send it to myself or 3wyl.

225 / 365 by OliviaRosePhoto
I woke up in a dream by astridle
Cold weapon by Piroshki-PhotographyThe House on Chimney Pot Lane by xBassxHarmingx
Ophelia has a dream.. by BloodyKissesLady
Milk Tea by RawanS
BEETLES with Runa by M0THartThe Two Sisters by laura-makabresku
Together by arefin03
Help by moppaa(Runa) THROUGH THE GLASS by M0THart
Captive Heart by MyLifeThroughTheLens
Grin-version 2. by moppaa

Nom Nom #79 September: Birthday Cakes

Thu Sep 11, 2014, 9:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:



STelari suggested this months Nom (a while ago!) - if you'd like to suggest a food item to be featured just send me, Kaz-D, a note! Enjoy!
rainbow cake by TheAutumnLeaves
Happy Birthday!5 by malaladanila
Spring Cake by Dipliner
Chocolate Heaven by claremanson
Sugary sweetness cookies and milk by The-Cute-Storm

Cake Batter Oreo Cheesecake Dip by theresahelmer
A Piece Of Cake by claremanson
birthday cake by protoperahe
cake. by Xx-rawr-xX

Rainbow Cake In Jars by theresahelmer

Banana and Cinnamon Halloween Cakes by claremanson
My 19th Birthday Cake by x12Rapunzelx
Homestuck Birthday Cake by PokemonTrainerLeslie
Birthday Cake by whatshername13

Lemon Roll Cake w/ Berries and Whipped Cream by asainemuri

Strawberries | Cinnamon | Chicken | Apples | Chocolate | Brussel Sprouts | Cocktails | Ice Cream | Spaghetti | Raspberries | Pineapple | Bread | Rice | Blueberries | Cupcakes | Tea | Cherries | Toast | Cheesecake | Soup | Apple Pie | Casserole | Halloween | Sausage | Pie | Macaroons | Sushi | Christmas | Peppers | Chinese Food | Eggs | Ham | Garlic | Tomatoe | Cookies | Lollies | Drink | Grapes | Cross Sections | BBQ | Cereal | Lychee | Pizza | Coconut | Sweets | Lemon | Nutella | Peas | Sandwiches | Smoothies | Croissants | Marzipan. | CAEK | Prawns| Shortbread| Autumn| Green| Yorkshire Puddings | Malteasers | Crumpets | Mint| Pomegranate | Christmas | Chocolate Cake | Roast Potatoes | Jelly | Curry |Bagels. |ClamsCrayfish
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LOOK WHO IS BACK!!!!!!! JAMMINJO!!!!

Sun Sep 7, 2014, 6:21 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:


I was so excited to go through my messages and see some from JamminJo today - I wrote a journal recently in tribute to her because she had been gone for so long and so many people missed her! Jo, it is so LOVELY to see you again. Read her update here.
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Miscat Superhero Contest - Results!

As part of the recently Gallery Descriptions month throughout August we held a Miscat Superhero contest to help fight those pesky miscats!! The contest ended last week with the last of the gallery description articles and here are the results! Well done to all who took part in this challenge :la:

1st  Place
This is Miss Katt created by Contraltissimo, Miss Katt is a bit unorthodox perhaps.... no fancy costume, no secret identity.... But she definitely uses her powers for good. Most of the time. If people get too sloppy categorizing their work, and her task saturation reaches critical mass, well.... I'm really not sure what will happen.
Miscat Reappropriator Miss Katt by Contraltissimo
2000 DeviantART points
1 Year subscription
$20 to spend in the DeviantART prints store



2nd Place

This is Jenny created by Selliria, she searches for miscats and helps them to find right category for them!Miscat hero - Jenny by Selliria
1000 DeviantART points
6 month subscription

3rd Place

aadvdrak created this Miscat superhero who uses tags to change categories!
A Miscat Superhero by aadvdrak
500 DeviantART points
3 month subscription

Well done everyone! You can view all of the entries here!!!!

Nom Nom 78# August - Clams

Wed Sep 3, 2014, 11:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:


This month's nom nom feature comes to you courtesy of The-Sculpture who suggested 'Clams!' If you have a Nommy suggestion that you would like to see featured then just send me a note. Enjoy! .

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Galleries month

Galleries Description month was full of epic articles and a lot of hard work went into each and every one of them courtesy of the Community Volunteers. This article is a roundup of everything published during the last month here at projecteducate and hopefully has helped a lot of you when it comes to understanding the descriptions of the galleries here and categorising your work. Huge thanks go to all involved who made this past month a success! We also held a A Contest of which the results will posted within the next week. Well done to all who entered - judging has commenced!

Photography


:bulletpink: Animals, Plants and Nature
:bulletpink: People & Portraits
:bulletpink: Pin Up & Glamour
:bulletpink: Artistic Nude
:bulletpink: Humorous and Other
:bulletpink: Commercial, Fireworks and Transportation
:bulletpink: Architecture
:bulletpink: Body Art and Modification
:bulletpink: Urban and Rural
:bulletpink: Street and Photojournalism
:bulletpink: Abstract and Surreal
:bulletpink: Darkroom
:bulletpink: Cosplay
:bulletpink: Conceptual
:bulletpink: Horror and Macabre
:bulletpink: Still Life

Digital Art


:bulletblue: What is a digital doll?
:bulletblue: Fractal Art
:bulletblue: Designs and Interfaces I Gallery Overview
:bulletblue: Designs and Interfaces II Game Dev Art
:bulletblue: Designs and Interfaces III Misconceptions
:bulletblue: Digital Art Drawings and Paintings
:bulletblue: Digital Art Drawings and Paintings Feature
:bulletblue: Anthro Dig/Trad
:bulletblue: Anthro Art Types
:bulletblue: Digital Art Mixed Media
:bulletblue: Digital Art Mixed Media Feature
:bulletblue: Photomanipulation Part One
:bulletblue: Photomanipulation Part Two
:bulletblue: Digital Art Animation
:bulletblue: A guide to the sub-categories of Fan Art
:bulletblue: Anime and Manga Digital Art
:bulletblue: Anime and Manga - Traditional and Digital Art miscats
:bulletblue: Fan Art and Anime/Manga Miscats

Film and Animation


:bulletorange: Film and Animation Part One
:bulletorange: Film and Animation Part Two

DeviantART Related


:bulletpurple: DeviantART Related Part One
:bulletpurple: DeviantART Related Part Two

Typography


:bulletyellow: Traditional Typography
:bulletyellow: Digital Typography

Artisan Crafts


:bulletred: Artisan Crafts Part One
:bulletred: Artisan Crafts Part Two

Traditional Art


:bulletblue: Traditional Art Part One
:bulletblue: Traditional Art Part Two
:bulletblue: Traditional Art Part Three
:bulletblue: Anime and Manga Traditional Art
:bulletblue: Misplaced Works - Abstract and Surreal
:bulletblue: Misplaced works Traditional Art and Fan Art

Cartoons and Comics


:bulletyellow: Cartoons and Comics

Literature


:bulletgreen: Non-Fiction
:bulletgreen: Demystifying the Poetry Gallery
:bulletgreen: Lit, Characters and Settings
:bulletgreen: Fan Fiction

Stock and Resources


:bulletblack: Stock and Resources Part one
:bulletblack: Stock and Resources Part two
:bulletblack: Stock and Resources Part three
:bulletblack: Stock and Resources Part four
:bulletblack: Stock and Resources Part five
:bulletblack: Stock and Resources Part six
:bulletblack: Stock and Resources Part seven

Where are you Kaz-D?

Sat Aug 16, 2014, 12:08 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:


I am actually here! I thought nobody would notice given that I've scheduled lots of bits and pieces, but it seems you lot do! ;) I'm still in the middle of moving into mine and TouchedD's brand shiny new house. It's a longgggg process. Because it's brand new and shiny there are lots of things that need doing to it (mainly the builders faults) which we are reliant on them to fix like Aerials, cat 5 cables so we can network, painting and patio works outside. Because of this we've 'moved' in but haven't officially started living there full time because as much as we try, we can't live without internet or my parents! However! Here are some photos to show our progress so far....


5 by Kaz-D

06 by Kaz-D

3 by Kaz-D
4 by Kaz-D
1 by Kaz-D

3 by Kaz-D
Cosy2 by Kaz-D

I have to say, I'm looking forward to Autumn and then Winter because it's a really cosy house. Buddy has settled himself in nicely when he does come over, even claiming a blanket and the sofa for his own! My parents (and TouchedD's) have been incredible in providing us with all the little housey bits a couple going into their first home needs - yesterday we acquired a 'coffee pod drawer' for our Tassimo to sit on and hold all our little discs - definitely NOT a necessity but awesome all the same. We also acquired a label machine to label all the things - that's such fun! :D

In the middle of all this I launched myself into a new job as a care manager for the local council and that has been exhausting - but amazing. Still getting used to the freedom of having finished my degree which has quickly been replaced with evenings unpacking, tidying and putting up bits and pieces on the wall. It's amazing :D

So what about you guys? How has your Summer been so far? Have you seen Galleries month at projecteducate? ;)


Urbex

Mon Aug 11, 2014, 11:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:


Urbex is in the news again! There are some fantastic stories circulating within the media which are keeping Urban Exploration as a hot topic. Check out The Ugly beauty of Urban Exploration and Stories like this are why urban exploration photographers are secretive about where they shoot. Do you have a favourite urbex topic or location that you like to photograph at? No need for names if you don't want to divulge, but is it a building, a place or abandoned machinery that you prefer? Comment with more information! Here are some of the top urban exploration submissions to deviantART last month...

Don't think I'll need anything at all. by PatiMakowskaStanley Piano by msgdesigns

Loss by PlaceboFX
trapped soul by PatiMakowska.: Ferris :. by sideshowsitohope by PatiMakowska
Different by PatiMakowska
Couch in the Light by stengchen

without the words by PatiMakowska... by RAGEkay


Gallery Descriptions: Still Life Photos

Sun Aug 10, 2014, 11:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Galleries month

There are four sub-categories to the Still Life Photography Gallery here on deviantART. There are plenty of places to categorise your work correctly and if you're not sure where to go then there's always the last resort of the 'Other' Category. For more information check out the Still Life Project Educate Gallery.

Still Life involves attention to detail and careful preparation in setting up various, inanimate subject matters to photograph. Things that are often taken into account are composition, lighting, inclusion of props and more. In this sense, Still Life is very much controlled. The main aspect of Still Life to remember is that nothing living should be within the photograph itself.

Still Life - Cut Flower and Plant Arrangements


Two main types of Still Life Cut Flower & Plant Arrangement exist on DeviantART - some follow the Traditional 'Still Life' set-up with classic tones, props and backgrounds. Others are more modern and often use Photoshop Actions to create soft tones and/or vibrant colours. It's important not to confuse this category with live plants (plants still attached to branches/trees, etc.) as these belong in the Animals, Plants and Nature Gallery. As the Gallery states, only cut flowers and plant arrangements are allowed.

Lunch in the field by Daykiney
pocket garden by akthuro


Still Life - Dolls and Figures


Photographs of inanimate dolls and figures that are often small in size. They are quite popular and often used to play with, design, dress and indeed photograph. Figures can involve ornaments, trinkets and popular characters like 'Danbo'.

April Showers by IcarusLoveMedley
Danbo Is Home by Lady-Tori


Still Life - Food and Drink


Food & Drink Photographs consist of food items, drinks and the objects usually associated with them in an arrangement. These objects can include utensils, cookware everyday objects such as cut flowers, and more. An important element of Still Life Food & Drink Photography is that the items associated with the food and drink subjects complement them to form a complete arrangement.

Mojito Lime Cupcakes by theresahelmer

Still Life - Other


The 'Other' Gallery feature objects and miscellaneous items that do not belong in the aforementioned categories, such as books, shoes, jars, pencils, toys, timepieces, baubles, kitchenware, instruments, and other objects that have no 'life' to them and are not animated.

Melodies on white keys by vampire-zombie


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Galleries month

Conceptual Photography is a genre in which the photographer attempts to illustrate a specific concept or idea to convey a message. Some Conceptual photographs are seemingly captured with luck or spontaneity, but, for the most part, Conceptual photographs are created carefully and strategically - deliberately. There are many ways of achieving Conceptual photographs without the use of manipulation. The featured piece below is one of the most popular Conceptual photographs on DeviantART which perfectly sums up the genre. For further educational articles check out the  Conceptual Gallery at projecteducate

It's Just a Game by IbrahimAlrabeh


Portraiture - Humans to Animals

Fri Aug 8, 2014, 12:00 PM

"A good quality camera will help you produce good results, but in the end it's you who will make a photograph, not the camera."



Portraiture is no exception to the above musings, it's less about the right lighting and expensive equipment and much more about the subject you are photographing and how you interact with them. People photography is becoming more and more popular with people booking photographers to expand on their modelling portfolio, capture a newborn in the family or preserve some precious memories of many generations. But what about animals? Pet Photography is also becoming widely popular and there are many hints and tips that apply to capturing humans that you can also use when capturing someone's beloved pet (even your own!)

Location...


If you've been asked to shoot outdoors, which is generally preferable for capturing pets, then find out where their favourite location is. It might be a favoured walk or just a spot in the garden. If you're a stranger to the animal you need them to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible in their natural environment - same goes for people too!

Welcoming HOLIDAYS! by aussiefoto
Natalie [01] by beethy

Check that your background works well with the subject in front of you. Often bright backgrounds and white animals don't go, as is the same with fair skinned and fair haired people. You can utilise the sun as much as possible to work with your model but often it can be a bit too much. Make the most of then Architecture that you find around you such as archways, bridges, even walls. You can mix it up with wide angle shots and close ups - just make sure that you don't lose your subject in the surroundings around you. If you do find that you've lost a bit of the purpose of your photoshoot, you can use post processing techniques such as selective colouring, saturation or tone adjustment to highlight your model.

The Guard of Gors Fawr by Gaia-Illustrations
inside and outside the quiet o by LonelyPierot

"Develop your people skills and learn how to communicate with your subject..."


Lighting...


Often you can use natural light to enhance your photographs, but particularly when shooting inside it can be important to use something else. Evenings can filter some dull light and mornings can often be a bit slow to get started so consider using artificial light to boost your photographs here and there. Using only one light source can be the key to making your portrait look natural. Using a reflector to bounce light is also really useful and you can even make home made ones with this tutorial.Using a flash gun is definitely useful particularly when capturing people or subjects at events and there isn't time to properly set up lighting.


Citadella by Wordup

For natural looking shots when using a flash gun, try keeping to around 2 stops under the metered exposure that you set and make use of back-lighting to enhance a subjects outline and hair... or fur! 

The Golden Ratio...


This is something that was defined by the number Phi (1.618) which is used for all sorts of things such as building pyramids or creating compositions in photography. It's also known as the divine proportion, think rule of thirds but a little more in depth and thoughtful!


The above image shows how the ratio works and that by composing a photograph with the subject to the left or right of the frame it's possible to divide an image into three triangles of similar proportions and therefore the bits where they intersect fall upon rather prominent points. What's even better about this concept is that you can automatically turn the guide on when you're cropping your work in Lightroom. Just press the O button once you've clicked crop and the guide will appear like below..


Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 18.31.14 by Kaz-D

If you use something a little more basic then Coral Painter X features the divine proportion tool and allows you to arrange your work according to the rules. Photoshop even has plug-ins available which can also be useful.

Preparation


Preparing to take a shot, specifically of animals in particular, can help. If you're going to photograph something that's a little difficult to encourage to stay still then practice! Many of us have access to birds in the garden, animals out in the wild and so on that we can use to try and develop our skills. Operating your camera should be second nature before you start building up a portfolio of different kinds of subjects, wriggly or not! 

Flying Puppies by Witch-Dr-Tim
Flying kids from Brunei by anthonyasael


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It's vital that you categorise your work on deviantART correctly in order for it to get the proper recognition it deserves and in order for you to know what you're talking about when creating art! Abstract and Surreal Photography here on deviantART can be one of those vague areas that people don't know enough about to venture into. Abstract Photography in particular is wildly misunderstood and under-appreciated at times. Hopefully this article can highlight some of the positive aspects about both Art Genres and help you categorise your work correctly in future....

Abstract Photography


Abstract Photography uses forms, colors and patterns to create a non-figurative image without reference to the actual world. On its own, this description can be incredibly vague, so below are some examples of correctly categorised Abstract Photography. Additionally, you may find that your work overlaps into more than one category. Architecture can often be Abstract and therefore it's best to choose the category you think explains your work in the best way. Check out the Abstract Photography gallery here at projecteducate for some helpful articles.

Tunnel Illusion by DrewHopper
Lost in the Greyness by scheinbar
Geometric Appeal by Einsilbig

Surreal Photography


Surreal Photography often crosses over into elements of Abstract Photography which is why the two are classed together. However, there is a difference: Surreal Photography involves taking actual subjects on an 'other-worldly' level which can involve dreamlike or fantasy scenes. Confused? It can be confusing! There are some examples below to highlight what Surreal Photography is. You can also check out the Surreal Photography gallery here at projecteducate for some helpful articles.

/ by RonnyEngelmann
Deuil by tuminka
Rain Man2 by lomatic


Urban and Rural Photography

Thu Aug 7, 2014, 7:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Galleries month

The Urban and Rural Photography Gallery here on DeviantART has several sub-categories which can be explored in order to promote and expose your work in the best way. There's a folder within the projecteducate gallery that already includes some Urban and Rural Photography information and we hope to bring you another PE week towards the end of the year focused entirely on this area. For more info visit this folder.

City Life


Photographs of specific urban and rural areas, life in those areas, skylines and urban exploration.

...praha XXXI... by roblfc1892

Cityscapes and Skylines


Photographs of skylines and (parts of) neighborhoods, such as skylines, city blocks and aerial photos of urban areas.

The bright colors of China by Tori-Tolkacheva
Salt Lake City Night by DezRay6

Country Life


These include photographs of the typical life on the countryside, including market stalls, farmers, rural business and everyday scenes typical to the area. Occasionally you can again find crossovers between this gallery and Animals, Plants and Nature particularly if people are photographing sheep on farms and so on.

Old Fence by RalfPfaarPhotography

Gardens, Parks and Cemeteries


Photographs of public and private gardens, parks, cemeteries and memorial sites are found within this gallery. Sometimes you may find crossovers between this gallery and Architecture particularly with reference cemetries as sometimes memorial stones and so on can be considered architecture too.

Clear my Mind by xChristina27x

Industrial


Photographs of industrial structures and areas such as power plants, industrial parks, and refineries.
Gasometer by thebrokenview

Urbex


Urbex is the shorter more common term used to described Urban Exploration. Urban exploration involves places that are usually out of reach; places that are no longer in operation, wasted, ruined or abandoned.

hope by PatiMakowska

Other


As always, use this category as a last resort and consider whether your work fits better into any of the other categories first. It's always best to use the categories on deviantART appropriately to gain you the best exposure for your creations!

Don't forget to enter the Miscat Super-Hero Contest this month to be in with a chance of winning some deviantART goodies including points and money to spend in the prints store!