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Urban Exploration News

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 10:00 AM

"Leave only footprints...
...Take only Photos."



Urbex has been in the news fairly recently with a few more articles spilling out about current happenings and highlighting explorations. It is becoming a fairly modern activity and more and more people are becoming interested in the venture. Urban exploration has reached new heights lately as an Independent Polish group of Urban Explorers called Adventure Hunters have published video showcasing beautiful and mysterious places which have been the inspiration for a video game. Many forgotten and beautifully decaying places have been highlighted putting Urbex in the spotlight once again.

Across Europe, a group of Photographers have explored abandoned places in Ireland, documenting and highlighting their decay.
Some of the venues include a once famous Courthouse - now abandoned and left to the elements. You can read more about the project here.



Featured Urbex Photographer


This month I'd love to draw your attention to BarryByrd who has a gallery that fully documents his urban exploring. Barry has been here for just over two years and has already made his mark on the Urbex community not only capturing abandoned buildings but often shooting models within them to create a contrast between beauty and decay.

Urbex Polaroid 9 by BarryByrd
Haste by BarryByrd


Want to embark on Urban Exploration?


There are always the usual safety warnings - think of yourself before your photos, as much as it might hurt you to do so! There are lots of places online that host databases of Urbex locations both locally (UK) and globally. Check out some of the following for more information:
:bulletblack: Forbidden Places
:bulletblack: 28 Days Later
:bulletblack: Urbex; Behind closed doors
:bulletblack: Derelict Places

Daily Deviation Suggestions


If you'd like to see an Urbex Deviation on the Daily Deviation page then just suggest your piece to myself, Kaz-D or 3wyl!

Nom Nom #80

Sun Nov 9, 2014, 10:00 AM

Nom Nom; Onions


Onions are used as a vegetable and can be used to flavour and improve many popular dishes. They are thought to have been used as a source of food for thousands of years. Traces of onion remains have been found in Bronze Age Settlements and it's thought they were cultivated around the same time as leeks and garlic.

Nom it yourself!


Onion rings are incredibly easy to make and take just a few key ingredients. They're not the most nutritious thing to eat but can be fantastic for a treat every so often.

Ingredients:
~ 1 large onion cut into 1 cm sliced with the rings separated
~ Oil (for deep frying)
~ 150g Self Raising Flour
~ 180ml Sparkling Water

Method
~ Heat the oil to 180c in a heavy pan no fuller than 1/3 full. Put the flower and sparkling water in a bowl and season - whisk together to form a batter.
~ Coat a small batch of the rings of onion with the batter. Carefully lower it into the hot oil and fry until crisp and golden (2 - 3 minutes).
~ Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a piece of kitchen towel to drain - repeat with the remaining onions and batter!

French Onion Soup by arielyiningloh
Food/onion tart by TigerQGPizza topping by broalex
Ants on the tree by PaSt1978
Onion heads by shatinnONION TOWER by KuroDotPan Pizza with Salami, Red Onion and Cheddar by bfrenacheesy-, onion, garlic (pizza) dough by GaCoFlare
Onion by kopalov
Onions of Cheesus by darkdex52
Onion Rings by lilkoda16
Packages with  Caramelised Onion Chutney by MadalinaRomanOnion by deepkitsch
Onion by Studioxil

Want to suggest a nom?! Note me!
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. | Nom Nom #79 September: Birthday Cakes. | Nom Nom 78# August - Clams. | Nom Nom 76# Crayfish | Nom Nom 74# Cous Cous | Nom Nom 75# Lasagne.


Project Educate Newsletter

Tue Nov 4, 2014, 5:07 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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October Newsletter

Throughout October we have had some fabulous articles going through projecteducate and some great resources. October kicked off with another Community Week hosted courtesy of cinyu. Articles that came out during this week covered a wide range of subjects - which is exactly what we aim to do throughout Community Weeks. Check out what was written at the beginning of October below..

Community Week


:bulletblue: How to be a respectful member in a Group
:bulletblue: Managing Your Deviations- A Hidden Menu!
:bulletblue: Adding Journals to your Featured Gallery
:bulletblue: Moni's Condensed Guide to Art Appreciation
:bulletblue: Posting in the Projects Forum
:bulletblue: Message Center Management
:bulletblue: PE: Interview Maruuki
:bulletblue: PE: Reasons To Shoot RAW
:bulletblue: Editing Photos in GIMP Part 1
:bulletblue: Editing Photos in GIMP Part 2
:bulletblue: How to get Inspired
:bulletblue: Prismacolor 101
:bulletblue: PE: Gemstones
:bulletblue: PE: It isn't Photoshop's fault

Science Related Art Week with Urus-28 and Immy-is-Thinking.


This was a completely new concept to projecteducate and went down extremely well with our members and watchers. Huge thanks go to the deviants who took part in the creation of this brand new week! 
:bulletorange: Of Art and Science: Welcome to the intersection.
:bulletorange: Electronic Microscopy
:bulletorange: X-rays
:bulletorange: Optic Microscopy
:bulletorange: Focus Stacking
:bulletorange: Paleontology
:bulletorange: Astronomy
:bulletorange: Beauty of crystals
:bulletorange: Grow Your Own Crystals

Artists Toolbox


:bulletblue: Tea Painting
:bulletblue: Artists' Toolbox: The 50mm Lens
:bulletblue: Artists Toolbox: Markers
:bulletblue: Writing On The Go
:bulletblue: Pencils
:bulletblue: 5 Tools for Photographing Jewellery
:bulletblue: PE: 10 DIY Art Materials (Halloween Special!)
:bulletblue: DIY Photography Tools
:bulletblue: Artists Toolbox: Digital Tutorials and Fur Brushes
:bulletblue: Silver Soldering Tools
:bulletblue: Math and Programming for Fractal Artists
:bulletblue: Color Theory for Fractal Artists
:bulletblue: Mark Making Using Twigs

To find out what's coming up throughout November and into December check out the schedule ->Project Educate Continues! You can also head straight over to the group where the next Community Week is in full flow and there are lots of articles to explore, read and share!

Revisiting past articles - How to explore our Gallery


After each projecteducate week ends, GrimFace242 requests all of the articles into various places within our projecteducate gallery. The Gallery covers every topic that we've covered in the past 4 years - which is a lot of articles! If we've not covered something recently that you'd like to see, you can always note us and ask if it can be included in the future - and you can always read back and see what we've covered in the past and whether anything is in the gallery that might be of use!

Picks from the Past


Each month as well as visiting some of our more recent publications, we also love to look at the past and see what articles we can pick out from months and even years gone by that might be useful. Have a look at what we've found this month...

:bulletgreen: What Makes Dark Art Dark?
:bulletgreen: Polymer Clay Brands
:bulletgreen: Tips and Tricks on Successful Character Creation
:bulletgreen: Fan Fiction On deviantART

Thanks to this months contributors...


:iconlyricanna: :iconrhynwilliams: :iconaryiea: :icontatasz: :iconkovowolf: :iconbansini: :iconmarcoemma: :iconcassy-blue: :iconimmy-is-thinking: :iconurus-28: :iconcinyu: :iconstelari: :iconastrikos: :iconmrs-durden: :iconlibertades: :iconriemea: :iconplexusdynasty: :iconmeiyu: :iconschnitzelyne: :iconmikami-nii: :iconwindklang: :iconmoni3: :iconiamanelebiscarra: & :iconjenfruzz:

Get Involved...


There are so many ways in which you can get involved with projecteducate Check them out below! If you want to run your own Project Educate week - from Sunday to Monday, send us a note with your topic and we will help you set it up - we can also arrange a small amount of prizing if you wanted to host a contest!

Community Weeks


Community Weeks are designed to get the Community involved in Project Educate. We want YOUR articles, whatever the topic, as long as the focus is educational. Our next Community week launches on January 5th but it's never too early to start getting your article proposals in. Just note projecteducate with the title Community Week and a few lines about what your article will focus on. Your article idea will be processed through to an approval stage (we just want to avoid duplicate articles) at which point we'll ask you to write a draft. There's help every step of the way

Art History Weeks


These are weeks that focus on Historical and educational articles. For more information on what was recently covered check out the latest Art History: Introduction. We will be aiming to have Art History Articles next year from around February onwards. So if you want to contribute, just note us and we'll get you on board!

Handy Hints and Tips


This is a series that fits in nicely around current and future weeks. We often have our contributors posting on weekends, after a current week has ended, or in the gaps between PE Weeks. For more information on what we're looking for check out the Gallery.

Artists Tools


Our next Artists Tools week launches on January 19th 2015. We want your articles! If you have a tool you'd like to write about send us a note and we'll get back to you to arrange something! Check out some of the Previous Articles that have been written.

~ The Project Educate Team..
Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden, cinyu, diphylla, GrimFace242, KovoWolf, pica-ae, DistortedSmile, PirateLotus-Stock, Moonbeam13.

Please see below all of October's General Photography Daily Deviations from me, Kaz-D! Don't forget to show the artists some love and keep those suggestions coming. You can find the latest Daily Deviations by visiting here.

*** by tdum
Hello October by Peterix
half awake by garfieldgreen
Wild Spirit by JotVelZet
The Other Side of the Street by burningmonk
DC1 by insolitus85
Autumn Town II by Snowfall-lullaby
72 by NKYC
Loss by DustinPanzino
Chromatic Shipment-NOT STOCK!! by BeccaB-Stock-N-Art
Modern times by mldzz
Sherry's ordinary day 3 ~ by Angell-studio
The naked sun by zile-verzi
Modern Paris View by Piroshki-Photography
Light blue by CorneredRing
Cute side of the Darkside by ZahirBatin
Playful Portrait by thesashabell
ZELIE by Csyyt
Music by Brightsmile-didi
Ambassador by 5isalive
Photography:Blows My Mind by Mishudo
whatif by arslanalp
Freckles by Tvirinum
Untitled by KylieFaye

Photographer of the week: Yenna-photo

Mon Nov 3, 2014, 12:49 AM
The Photographer of the week is a regular feature that promotes a Still Life Photographer from right here on DeviantART. This week we have the pleasure of sharing yenna-photo's work with you. Yenna has been here for eight years and has a beautiful gallery where she has carefully arranged and photographed many dolls. Check out her gallery today - you won't be disappointed!


Frosted Sleep by yenna-photo


Credits:
Journal Design and CSS by PreetikaSharma
Strawberrys by spanjebob89

Photography Newsletter

Sun Nov 2, 2014, 1:00 AM
Welcome to the Oct - Nov edition of Photography News which has been collated for you courtesy of Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden. Please :+fav: the article, share it and enjoy it! You could be in next months article - just send CRPhotography a note!

Becoming a photographer, whether professional or amateur, brings with it a whole world of equipment, projects, subjects - and often the legalities of it all. Petapixel has just recently published an article highlighting 8 Legal cases that every photographer should know. How many did you already know before looking at the article?

The Sony World Photography award winners have been announced proving that once again there are some pretty impressive photographers out there! Check out the winners here. With that being said, the Sony World Photography Awards have opened up for 2015 and are seeking the next best Photographers for next years prizes. Categories in the competition, which is open to any photographer from the UK, include Architecture, Arts & Culture, Enhanced, Low-light, Nature & Wildlife, Panoramic, People, Smile, Split second and Travel. The winner will be announced on 18 March 2015, with Sony providing the prizes. Enter for free by visiting this link.
And finally, another bit of general news that has hit the photography headlines this week - a Photographer has started to become fairly well known for her series documenting the loss of conversation. It's a powerful set of photographs which sadly, may not seek to inspire the majority of us to change but capture something that is quite simply becoming the future - in some ways. Babycakes Romero, a London based photographer, uses a camera (not a phone) to document the Death of Conversation. What do you think about the project? Do you think it's a sign that times are changing - if so are they changing in a positive way or a negative way? Would you choose to document this project in a different way?




Daily Photographers at CRPhotography

Over at CRPhotography we are featuring Photographers on our front page on a daily basis. Each day we choose a photographer that we think deserves the feature and every fortnight we'll be rounding up an article featuring all of those chosen artists. If you think you deserve to be featured then note CRPhotography with the subject 'Daily Photographer.' If you know of someone else that could be featured do the same and suggest them!

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer justanothersomeone


There has been a lot going on in the Abstract-and-Surreal group here on DeviantART and in the community in general. Our shiny new Community Volunteer has settled in perfectly and you can send all of your Daily Deviation suggestions to him - justanothersomeone. We have recently featured the
Best of September courtesy of dekorAdum and the October Contest and September winners have been announced. The November contest has already been announced so head over to Abstract-and-Surreal right now to enter and win some awesome prizes!

As part of the Art History Project at projecteducate, a recent article exploring Contemporary Artists #1 - Robert Parkeharrisson by ABipolarTeddyBear has been posted. Well worth checking out for some timeless inspiration!

Beast on the beach by amandinesky

Animals, Plants and Nature

Community Volunteer Anoya


The latest edition of APN Suggestion Saturday is out. Elsewhere online the BBC have released a beautiful collection of timelapse videos exploring some of natures most amazing moments. Check that out here.

For onsite inspiration check out the September '14, nature and flower feature. Also on dA, karz09 wrote an article on insect photography that was published in the Wall Street International. You can read it yourself here.
And for more inspiration check out this beautiful feature along the theme of Photography XXIX: Lengthened Rays, Shortened Days.

Chasing the sun by tassanee

Architecture

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & 3wyl


devPREMIUM has recently published a beautiful feature spotlighting Architecture. Elsewhere on DeviantART techgnotic has published an article asking about The DeviantART hotel and whether it's a possible reality... what do you think?

Under Blue by wertysachu

Artistic Nude

Community Volunteers Nyx-Valentine & Mrs-Durden


Check out the latest Sunday Feature from Nyx-Valentine. Check out Mrs-Durden's Daily Deviation roundup from September here and don't forget to send your Daily Deviations to one of them! 

one giant leap by imagesse

Conceptual Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & 3wyl


There has been a fair bit of Conceptual Photography news floating around lately. For starters check out the Conceptual Spotlight courtesty of devPREMIUM and the winners of the September contest at CRPhotography were recently announced - check them out here. There has been another spotlight courtesy of devPREMIUM which can be read here. The latest edition of Conceptual Creations is out -Conceptual Creations - October. You will find some of the top submissions to the Conceptual Photography gallery in the past month!

Ignore The Machine by bliXX-a


Commercial Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & 3wyl


Have you read the latest somewhat controversial news to hit the Photography headlines in the USA? USA news; outlawing photography in national parks - for commercial use - what are your thoughts?

Commercial Studio: Glass 001 by Saknika

Darkroom

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & 3wyl


Elsewhere online, Kasia Wozniak has recently talked about Fashion Photography inspired by sherlock holmes and her love of darkroom photography. Fond of the wet plate collodion process, Kasia uses a technique that was pioneered around the mid 19th century. There's a great article from Darkroom Software focusing on considerations that need to be undertaken when building your own Photography Booth.

WD14 by jennystokes


Fashion

Community Volunteers Pixel-Spotlight & Mrs-Durden


A new article from the Telegraph focuses on the Best Fashion Photography books out there. With Christmas coming it's well worth a look to see if there's anything to add to your wishlist...

Mrs-Durden has recently compiled a Latex and Heels Feature focusing primarily on fashion and has also released the latest edition of Fashion Makes the World go Round IV.

.::: Queen Ira :::. by zennku

Fireworks

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & 3wyl


November the 5th is fast approaching and many of us will be heading out with our cameras to snap some firework displays. There are already some great articles out there from last year that will help you equip yourself for getting the best photos. Check out this article for more information on what equipment you need. This simple article talks about the basic techniques and things to do when shooting. Elsewhere online there are also some fab articles, check out <a href="www.the-digital-picture.com/Ph…
www.digitaltrends.com/photogra…">this article for tips. Keep safe!

Fireworks by nuic

Horror and Macabre

Community Volunteer pullingcandy


October was Month of Macabre: Every October is a month long Halloween movie party! It takes place everywhere from people's homes, to local bars, coffee houses, and theaters. MOM has also hosted serial killer tours, zombie walks, and celebrity movie screenings (TROLL 2). For more information about the month of macabre check out Facebook. There is also another eery feature out - check out The Asylum - Part 23 for your Horror and Macabre fix.

hollow by IvanikaGothow

Macro

Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez


There was a Macro Photo Conference in October. Check out the link for the discussions and happenings. There's also a fantastic free online guide to extreme macro photography which you can find here. Check out :devmarcosrodriguez's latest Macro Spotlight Vol. 138 and a feature focusing on Small Worlds - Part 29.

Little World by Zaprzepaszczonesily

People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl


The latest edition of People + Portraits Exposed is out! The article series is posted on a monthly basis and aims to highlight some of the People and Portrait daily deviation suggestions received from Sept - Oct. Don't forget to keep your suggestions coming - 3wyl and I take suggestions for all galleries that do not have a Community Volunteer.

Sleeping on the moon by MissLoony

Pinup & Glamour

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile


DistortedSmile is back from her travels - read more in her latest journal - I'm back! Also check out the latest edition of LUSH! Pinup and Glamour Features which shares some inspiring works! Don't forget to keep those Daily Deviation suggestions going to DistortedSmile.

i can't break through your world by suchykaszel

Photo-journalism

Community Volunteer tanikel


Check out tanikel's latest Daily Deviation Roundup -  September 2014 DD Roundup: Photojournalism Take a look for inspiration on what to send when you're looking at Daily Deviation suggestions in the Photo-journalism area. If you're new to Photo-journalism or would just like a refresher then checkout What IS Photojournalism? for further clarification! 'Time' shares some fantastic photo-journalism on a daily basis. Check out one of the latest here.

Fire Defence by aponom

Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl


Still-Life-Stills has just launched a new challenge! The Monthly Bake Off! is here! Check the link out and get baking as for November the challenge is Bread. There are two chances to win as well!  The Monthly contest is still ongoing which gives you a chance to win prizes by entering a more general theme. Head over to Still-Life-Stills for more info. One of our latest journals gives you 5 Tools for Photographing Jewellery.

Cute side of the Darkside by ZahirBatin

Street Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl


Street Photography baffles many of us - everyday there are works placed within the Street Photography Gallery incorrectly. If you're unsure of what it means check out PE: Street Photography for experts which was written some time ago by StamatisGR. Also courtesy of StamatisGR check out the latest edition of Friday night Specials v10.4. An American Street Photography has been hailed a 'genius' by The Guardian. Garry Winogrand has recently been coined as pretty amazing. Check out the article for more information. Elsewhere in the Street Photography world, a new calendar has been produced from images taken by people affected by homelessness in London. The images were submitted to a competition organised by Café Art, an organisation that connects homeless people with the wider community through the visual arts. More than 100 people were given single use disposable cameras and encouraged to take pictures, with tuition given by local members of the Royal Photographic Society. If you're interested in buying a copy check out Cafe Art. Finally, have a look at the 'King' of Street Photography according to This Article.

whatif by arslanalp

Urban and Rural

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl


BBC News have announced the winners of their Urban Photography Competition. There are some incredibly inspiring images in the collection. Read more here. There's another feature out - explore The Empty House Says, Part III by Mouselemur.

Dubai At Night (City) by skywalkerdesign


Educational Articles and Tutorials

For regular educational articles, particularly focusing on Photography, head over and watch projecteducate Below are some of the latest helpful articles and tutorials...
Photography Lesson Number 5
The sky. IT'S FAKE.
Photography Tip - When NOT to Use Stabilization
Macro photography tips
Free SOFTWARE for Photographers ... Upd 26/10/2014



New Tools and Equipment

Lights
The [qudos] action light is here! It's bright, waterproof and almost exactly what most photographers have been looking for all their lives. It's a revolutionary piece of equipment for those who are interested in action photography, night photography and sports shots. It works underwater and delivers 400 lumens of light. Read more here.

What's trending right now?
Petapixel have written up an article on Instragram's 'Hyperlapse' tool which seems to be taking the mobile phone photography community by storm. Check out the full article here to find out what it's all about. Have you made a Hyperlapse? Share with us in the comments of this article!

2015 Calendars

Are you releasing a 2015 Calendar? Got one ready to sell? Just note CRPhotography so we can include it in our next newsletter. Check out some of the latest 2015 calendars below...

2015 England Calendars by Kaz-D
England 2015 by Kaz-D

Adorned Nudes, calendar 2015 by gestiefeltekatze
Adorned by :devgestiefeltekatz:

World Of Whiskers - 2015 calendar by ZoranPhoto
World of Whiskers by ZoranPhoto


Contests & Challenges

Autumn Colours contest
Photography Contest - II
Photography Contest II
Collection: Fall Landscapes
Winners of SummerContest

Groups to Check Out!

:iconstill-life-stills::iconshopping-for-stock::icongothictemple: :iconblackwhitephotos: :iconbeautiful-bokeh::iconphotographersdream: :iconurban-and-rural: :iconabstract-and-surreal: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconprojecteducate: :iconthrough-a-lens::iconr72: :iconcritique-it: :iconphotography-inc: :iconcasualphotography: :iconphotographyworld: :iconbreathtaking-photos: :icongothictemple: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :iconwater-dreams: :iconlovely-square-pics: :iconphotographlove: :icondevnews: :icondeviantkitchen:


Getting Involved...

You can get yourself into our monthly Photography newsletter just by sending me a note to CRPhotography. Each week we look for:

:bulletblue: Spotlight Deviants
:bulletblue: Under-appreciated Deviants
:bulletblue: Spotlight Groups
:bulletblue: Photography related news
:bulletblue: Themes & Topics
:bulletblue: Featured Tutorials
:bulletblue: Got a fresh idea? Send a note to CRPhotography!

Monthly Bake Off!

Sat Nov 1, 2014, 3:00 AM

Bake Off! Has just a few more days to go - get baking your bread and enter!

The monthly Bake Off! is designed to make you bake or cook something! You have a whole month to plan what you'd like to do and there are various ways in which you can win some prizes.

Bread by Kaz-DBread1 by Kaz-D

This month the theme is 'Bread.' You can interpret this how you wish! I certainly didn't bake these rolls from scratch but used a packet mix (cheating but oh so tasty!) and got a little creative with how I arranged them. It would be good to include the recipe in your commets, or a link to the recipe if you took inspiration from elsewhere. It will help with regards to the prizing criteria listed below too...

:bulletblack: - Entries must follow the rules of Still Life Photography - no body parts!
:bulletblack: - One entry per person please!
:bulletblack: - Entries must be your own work.
:bulletblack: - Entries must have minimal photo-manipulation
:bulletblack: - Stick to the theme but interpret it how you wish!
:bulletblack: - Include the recipe and that it's for the Still-Life-Stills contest in your artist comments.
:bulletblack: To enter contribute your entry to this folder.


Photographic Talent


1 x 6 month subscription
300 Points

Recipe Talent


1 x 3 month subscription

Dates and Deadlines


The contest ends on Friday 28th November at midnight PST.
Winners will be announced on Monday 1st December along with the next months contest.

Credits:
Journal Design and CSS by PreetikaSharma
Strawberrys by spanjebob89

People + Portraits Exposed

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 12:00 PM
This month we have had some fantastic People & Portrait Daily Deviation suggestions - this feature aims to highlight some of those with the community. Thanks to last months suggesters, popoks, ejrotsih, DianaVVolf, OfOneSoul, MalKnox, BokehLight, dark3y3s, ihamo, Denaru and ParadisiacPicture. Don't forget to keep your DD suggestions coming and send your General People & Portrait Photography suggestions to Kaz-D or 3wyl.

ether by ezorenier
The river flows in You (Reedited) by DenaruMeryem by Hart-Worx
Anamaya by dark3y3sStorm is Coming by MarinaCoric
Motherly field 18 by iuventa
Soul Collector by artztoodButterfly by zingruby'nouvelle vague I' by EternalEden13
Gaze by Shadoisk

Conceptual Creations - October

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 11:00 AM
Conceptual photography is about taking an idea and seeing it all the way through to the creation stage. I often struggled, in Art classes years ago, to understand what was truly expected of me when the Teacher asked for Conceptual Artwork. Then I slowly started to realise the basics behind the term Concept by looking at typical words and phrases and seeing how other artists had illustrated them. For example below, you will see an image entitled Sharp Tongued. It's a fairly common phrase and the photographer has taken that and visually reconstructed it. Conceptual Photography can make us realise how silly our phrases are when they are visualised, or how impactual they can be. Conceptual Photography can provoke thought, emotion and even more inspiration. Have a look at some of the top Conceptual Photography submissions below for the past month on DeviantART...

And gold turns grey by Dahud
Don't shop me now! by ettone
Music Overdose by thedaydreaminggirl
Strangled by Time by FlabnBone132/365 Demons and Angels by SophieKoryn
Veins by DorottyaS
Sharp-Tongued by MarinaCoric

Disfigured by MarinaCoric
A Rush of Blood To The Head by Sarah-BK

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, suddenbanana, 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! .