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Many of you will see this journal because you follow projecteducate - and many because you follow ArtHistoryProject - The great news is that the two Projects are merging to become one! Which means you only need to follow/join projecteducate for all It's great news for the community and one that the admin team at both projecteducate and ArtHistoryProject are behind completely. We're excited to be able to bring you these strong community focused projects in a much more compact and efficient way by having the two under one roof.

What about all of the articles over at ArtHistoryProject?


They aren't lost! Don't worry! If you contributed and article the chances are it has already been requested into the shiny new folders over at projecteducate. Everything that can feasibly be moved over, has been requested. Here's a list below of what we've moved over:
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:bulletblack:Traditional Art History

Where will future Art History articles fit into the schedule?


We're working on the schedule right now and have already booked an Art History week in September! You can see all the upcoming projects here. The Art History Articles will fit in nicely with the current schedule and we already have lots of drafts ready to go and share with you. If you want to participate, just note projecteducate.

Can the Community still get involved in Art History?


The Art History Project at projecteducate will run in the same way as many of the other sub-projects of the group like Community Weeks and Hints and Tips blogs. In fact, we hope that more than ever the community will become involved in using this platform to bring some of the historical aspects of Art to the group and to the wider deviantART audience.

What's happening to the Art History Team?


The ArtHistoryProject would not have been the success that it has been without the input of the admin team including DistortedSmile who kick started the whole thing, PirateLotus-Stock and MiloticScale. All of those awesome deviants will be merging over to projecteducate to continue running the Art History Project within the wider group!

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People and Portrait Week: Roundup

Sun Jul 20, 2014, 3:15 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Thanks to all involved, People and Portrait Photography week has been awesome! Below are all the articles brought to you this week and just a reminder that there is still a week to go to capture your Classic Portraits and enter the Contest! The articles below give you some useful hints and tips for capturing your winning entry ;)

Classic Captures Portraiture ContestPeople and Portrait Photography
This week we're focusing on bringing you educational materials to help you develop your People and Portrait Photography! In honour of this, we're delighted to host a mini two week contest that challenges you to step outside of your comfort zone and get snapping, Classic style. Read on for more information...
Theme
The idea is to use some of the tips you learn this week to capture a classic portrait. This can be a self-portrait if you want. The theme must follow the idea of Classic Portraiture which can be defined as follows...
"Photographs of people in traditional pose are often formal, refined and restrained in style while a plain and simple background is a popular feature for a Classic Portrait."


The Rules
:bulletblack: Entries must be newly submitted to deviantART (and taken on or after
To Be Seen .97People & Portrait Photography
A weekly article featuring five photographers from all areas in the deviantART community. Today's is a special edition just for People & Portrait Photography Week at projecteducate! Spare a bit of time to take a gander at the photographs and their respective galleries showcased below!
omerphotography


aarontyree


IbelieveinSmiles
In bloom by IbelieveinSmiles Breathe by IbelieveinSmiles Fire, walk with me by IbelieveinSmiles
The reader by IbelieveinSmiles Andreea by IbelieveinSmiles
emuciss
Iris story by emuciss Peonies story by emuciss Pegija by emuciss
Henry baptism by emuciss Sunlight by emuciss
effjot
N-7935 by effjotL-2363 by effjot A-1713 by effjot
Kelly-1172 by effjot F-0307 by effjot
If you have any suggestions for (improving) the Photography Gallery, anything photogra

That Late Afternoon GlowPeople and Portrait Photography
Thanks to JenFruzz for bringing up this topic to be covered this week! You quite often see gorgeous photographs here on deviantART where the subject appears to be 'glowing.' The skin tones look lovely, the lighting is perfect - but how do they achieve such effects? A lot of the time it depends upon the image and the photographer and what their post-processing procedure is. Sometimes you can achieve that 'Late afternoon glow' with Photoshop and in particular, actions. Here are some other things you can to do for optimal results...

Shoot in RAW
D-SLR's allow this and it's worth it, trust me. Particularly if you're shooting at events or Weddings. RAW files let you do so much more afterwards when you're processing your images with Photoshop or Lightroom e.t.c. If your camera shoots in RAW, there's really no excuse not to be using that function. Most cameras shoot in both RAW and JP
Photographing People on your TravelsPeople & Portrait Photography
Trying to photograph people within a country other than the one you are accustomed to can bring a whole new set of difficulties far beyond lighting, composition and frame. Here are a few tips that I've personally learned along the way which have not only inspired me to get out there and photograph more people, but also to approach new people and become more confident..
Be Sensitive
It's very important that you learn the customs of a country so as not to offend anybody when attempting to take or request their photograph. There are often many street entertainers in big cities and musicians that busk and request the odd coin or two. Don't make the mistake I did in Belgium, and request a photograph of a street performer and expect to give nothing in return! Putting a few coins of local currency their way will always be welcomed. Equally it's important to know when it's okay to take photographs, and when not. There were particu

How to tell a story through portraiturePeople & Portrait Photography
I'm sure many people will agree with me that the People & Portrait Galleries here on deviantART are often dominated by Expressive, Emotive and (depending on taste!) beautiful portraiture captures. Photographs capture a moment and can tell a story, but often these kind of shots are predominantly to showcase clothing, makeup, features or bodies. There is another level to Portraiture and knowing how to tell a story through your camera lens is one of the key elements of documenting a person
"It's not just about an image, it's about the person in that image, who they are, where they've been - what they're doing."
Here in the UK, particuarly in the Summer months, there's almost a daily opportunity to go out and capture a story. I recently wandered around an Art Exhibition and managed to snap a fair few artists at work. To tell someone's story without relying on emotion within their facial features and body language,
Picture Perfect PortraitsPeople & Portrait Photography
This article explores a few quick pointers that you can keep in mind when attempting to shoot perfect portraits. There are many rules, many tutorials and plenty of tips and advice out there. Google will give you thousands! But this article will sum up some of the most important ones. Enjoy!

By MartaSyrko
Quick Tips
Shallow Depth of Field: A wide aperture setting on your camera ensures that you get a professionally blurred background that brings the focus of your image onto your model.
Sharp Focus: Eyes are the window to the soul! Therefore ensure that your models eyes are clearly and sharply in focus. If you're struggling, manually focus the lens of the camera yourself to make sure you get sharp, clear results.
Balance the lighting: You can use a reflector to bounce light into the eyes of your model and make use of the shadows to create a flat

Lighting in Portrait PhotographyPeople and Portraits week
Hello everyone,
I'm writing this tutorial of sorts, for all of you portrait photographers out there seeking advice about the lighting in your photographs. First off let me be clear in saying that I am no expert, or rather I do not claim to be, I sometimes do things in unusual ways, and my tips and advice are definitely not the only ones you should follow. This journal is just me giving you my take on how to get great lighting for your shots :)
1. Never shoot when the sun is at its highest peak.
Depending on where you live and your climate, this might vary, but I usually never shoot between the hours of 12-4 unless I'm shooting indoors, or it's a cloudy day. If you're doing an outdoors shoot and the sun is blasting on your model, you are very unlikely to get good results. Not only will it be uncomfortable for your model, and make it difficult to pose with a natural expression (sun in your eyes, worst feeling in the world),
All Snapped Up .24 ~ ElisanthPeople & Portrait Photography
~ An interview of a talented artist in our General Photography Community.

Tell us a bit about yourself, Elisanth! How did you get into modelling and why?
I was collecting all weird stuff I could find around (starting from unusual statuettes to funky shoes or clothes) while studying in an art college. It was some kind of hobby, but it had no practical sense, I just had a passion for unusual things.
Once, a local photographer who knew about my hobby invited me for a shoot. I ordered a custom made PVC outfit, and built a matching image. But I had no idea about posing, so it turned out a failure. I got some nice photos, but was unhappy with myself.
I decided to try again, to see if I could do it better. My next shoot was a studio shoot, it turned out better.
Step by step, I got involved into modeling.
I like the possibility of creating a character, to show a story. I receive messages from people ask

Modeling: Do's and Dont'sPeople & Portrait Photography
Here's a short piece on the do's and dont's of modeling, or rather some basic tips on how to model to the best of your abilities, and make the best out of your shootings. This advice is coming from the perspective of a portrait photographer, who has dealt closely with models of all types (amateur, professional), and who has seen the good and the bad.
DO: Look at yourself in a mirror, study your features, try different expressions, model poses for yourself. As silly as it may seem, it helps. It helps for you to see what you look like, what works for your face and body, and what does not. Practicing in front of the camera is great, but you don't need to necessarily be in a shoot to practice. A lot can be done beforehand with simple things like this.
DO: Take care of your body as well as you can. And by this I do not mean, go on crazy diets or anything of the sort. But eat healthy, take care of your skin, your nails,
Ten Portrait Photography TipsPeople & Portrait Photography
Check your Angles    
Avoid unflattering angles, don't frame your model with their arms or legs chopped off unless it works for the image. If in doubt, fully frame them and do the chopping afterwards in post-processing! Don't forget to check that the tops of their heads and their feet are in focus. Missing feet are disconcerting!
Be the Director
As the Photographer, most people will be looking to you for direction. There's no time to be shy when you're behind the camera! Keep calm to help your model remain relaxed but make sure they're not made to feel awkward if you lack giving instruction. Pose them well, avoid direct bright sunlight and check out your background.
Eye contact...or not
Eye contact isn't always necessary, in fact candid journalistic style photographs often work best. Your subject doesn't have to be looking directly at the camera for it to be a successful shoot, but yo

Mrs-Durden - deviantART Portrait PhotographerPeople and Portrait Photography
Meet Mrs-Durden - AKA Nina... Mrs-Durden has been on deviantART for over four years and more recently became a member of the communityrelations volunteer team for Artistic Nude Photography!
Tell us a bit about yourself, how you got started with photography and in general how you ventured into portrait photography?
I have a bit of an odd story when it comes to why I got started with photography. I have a photographic memory, and I've always been fascinated in a strange way with the whole concept of “sight”, “seeing”, and being able to capture things the way they appear to you. When I was a kid my great aunt died of Alzheimer’s, and I was always a bit afraid that one day I'd find out I have it too, and I'd forget everything. So I started becoming a bit of a hoarder, collecting receipts, old toys, price tags, books, emails, print screening conversations, etc etc. This obsession trans


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Meet Mrs-Durden - AKA Nina... Mrs-Durden has been on deviantART for over four years and more recently became a member of the communityrelations volunteer team for Artistic Nude Photography!




Tell us a bit about yourself, how you got started with photography and in general how you ventured into portrait photography?



I have a bit of an odd story when it comes to why I got started with photography. I have a photographic memory, and I've always been fascinated in a strange way with the whole concept of “sight”, “seeing”, and being able to capture things the way they appear to you. When I was a kid my great aunt died of Alzheimer’s, and I was always a bit afraid that one day I'd find out I have it too, and I'd forget everything. So I started becoming a bit of a hoarder, collecting receipts, old toys, price tags, books, emails, print screening conversations, etc etc. This obsession transferred to photography, and long story short I ended up finding passion in capturing moments, but also creating emotions and ideas through a photograph. People is what I do. I do emotions, feelings, I can't really do anything else.

Contemplation by Mrs-Durden

Do you have a particular people shot that you'd like to talk us through how you achieved and give us some pointers?



There's nothing from my gallery at the moment that I find very impressive, I'm sure that most people could guess how I achieved what I have in most of my portraits. However I can use the shot below...

Tell me... by Mrs-Durden

This shoot was with Libby, and interestingly enough we had nothing planned out for that day. I usually always encourage myself and other photographers to go on a shoot with a specific idea/concept in mind, specific locations, wardrobe, etc etc. However, sometimes just going with the flow and getting ideas as you go, can be very rewarding. Libby and I just drove around, it was a beautiful day, we took some great shots. What's important about this shot to me is the lighting, I wanted to get a soft light that would still give that fresh summer vibe. Many photographers make the mistake of taking shots when the sun is at its peek, this shot was taken around the late afternoon I believe, and I'd recommend all portrait photographers to shoot around that time. You get the most amazing lighting (aside from sunrise). Libby just sat on a fence and posed for this, we got many different shots.You can never take too many pictures, you can never try too many poses, too many locations, too many angles, too many crops. Have fun, really, it should all be an adventurous and creatively inspiring experience.

How do you get your subjects to relax in front of the camera, for natural results?


 
Well first of all, I find it's always good to have the “talk” before a shoot, where you as a photographer explain to your model how you work, for example I tell my models that I like to get multiple shots of the same pose, that if I'm not saying anything it means what they're doing is working for me, etc etc. You gotta get to know your models before you start shooting, ask them what they're comfortable with, what they're looking for in the shots you're taking, what their experiences have been thus far behind the camera. If my model just can't relax and is looking too tense and/or posing in a forced way, as ridiculous as it may sound I sometimes imitate the pose I'm looking for from them. If we've discussed that it's okay for me to physically help them pose, I'll guide their body as needed for the pose, have them look at my face and imitate my expression, and honestly most of the time it's not that hard to eventually get a natural result.

How much post processing do you do after you've taken a portrait photograph?



Usually a fair bit. I don't like to overdo, and looking over my gallery I can see that on a few occasions I've gone too far in my editing. It's good to find a happy medium. Too little post processing can leave a potentially amazing shot underwhelming and dull, while overdoing it can completely ruin it. Exposure, colors, tones, contrast, curves, those are usually the only things I mess with other than basic touch ups or cropping. The key with post processing is sort of like wearing makeup: you want the results to be beautiful and embellish your face, while hiding your imperfections, but you don't want the first thing people to notice is that your face is caked up with makeup because you overdid it.


Who now is left alone but me? by Mrs-Durden

What does your day to day photography equipment consist of?



My equipment is rather underwhelming I must say; I'm definitely not an expert. I have a Nikon D5100, a 50MM lens, a 200MM lens, and that's about it. I've never really needed anything else. I don't do studio photography, so I don't use any studio equipment. I don't usually do night photography, so I don't need any additional flashes. All I really need is my camera, my model(s), a good location, good lighting, a concept/idea, and I'm good to go.

What would you say one of the biggest challenges is when photographing people?



The challenge is to find new and interesting ways to photograph someone. Anyone can take a nice camera, point it at someone, and take a technically “good” shot of them, but the challenge comes with creating emotion and meaning in what you're doing. You have to find out which are your models best features, and how to showcase them in your shots. You have to find a good location, you (usually) have to think up an entire concept around your shoot. You have to think about poses, facial expressions, props that you could use to add something more to your portraits. You're essentially creating a story, and putting it into a single still shot. That's actually incredibly difficult to do. Movies have about 90 minutes to do it, you have one shot. There's something magical about it, but it's tricky to pull off. If you're trying to take a photo that depicts a woman's agony from a recent loss, you have to find a way to depict that in one still, you have to think creatively, go outside the box, or on the contrary do it in the most simplistic and meaningful way. When you're in the midst of your photo shoot you have to try to go through it as objectively as possible, wondering if your viewers will understand what you're trying to convey, because obviously you do, but will they? This doesn't necessarily apply to all types of portrait photography, it's my take on it however.

On the other side, is there a reward that you get from capturing people at all?



The reward is getting home after a shoot, loading up the shots on your laptop, and seeing that you've captured some pretty amazing photographs. You feel happy that you were able to give your model what they wanted, and that you were able to create something beautiful. You made art, you can be proud of yourself. Your hard work payed off, and even if sometimes you feel like you've got more messed up shots than good ones, don't be discouraged, because you will learn from your mistakes.

On deviantART, are there any useful People and Portraiture groups that you'd like to recommend?



I can't point out to any specific people, I think that anyone who posts portrait photography would likely be more than happy to help anyone seeking advice. Browse the portrait photography on DeviantART and you'll find many amazing artists, many who are actually quite unknown here on DA (especially if you browse “undiscovered”) and they would be honored to receive a note from you, asking for advice, I'm sure. As for people and portraiture groups, many of the ones I used to love have been abandoned or barely post anymore. I can recommend my group young-photo-club for anyone 25 years old and under who seeks advice on how to improve. OpheliaFleurs, Softness-art, Death-Chicks, AmazinglyBeautiful, devPREMIUM are groups I highly recommend when it comes to finding inspiration and beautiful photographs though most of them are not specifically geared towards people and portraiture.

Hope dies last. by Mrs-Durden

Do you have any artistic inspirations on or off of deviantART?



I have many inspirations on DeviantART, though the list is too long. I keep a favorites folder called “Inspiration”, I recommend all portrait photographers do it. The important thing is that it remain “inspiration”. You don't want to copy someone else's work and claim it as your own, I hate it when I see these overdone concepts get posted over and over on DA, these photographic trends where everyone's photos are a copy and paste of each other. Find inspiration, but use it to create new and original concepts for yourself. Off of DeviantART, I browse modelmayhem.com fairly often. It's a great way to find models, photographers, MUAs, etc etc, in your area, and there are many amazing and inspiring portfolios on there that have given me many ideas in the past.

Ten Portrait Photography Tips

Sat Jul 19, 2014, 1:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Check your Angles    
Avoid unflattering angles, don't frame your model with their arms or legs chopped off unless it works for the image. If in doubt, fully frame them and do the chopping afterwards in post-processing! Don't forget to check that the tops of their heads and their feet are in focus. Missing feet are disconcerting!


Be the Director
As the Photographer, most people will be looking to you for direction. There's no time to be shy when you're behind the camera! Keep calm to help your model remain relaxed but make sure they're not made to feel awkward if you lack giving instruction. Pose them well, avoid direct bright sunlight and check out your background.


Eye contact...or not
Eye contact isn't always necessary, in fact candid journalistic style photographs often work best. Your subject doesn't have to be looking directly at the camera for it to be a successful shoot, but you do need to ensure you focus your lens to capture the eyes as sharply as possible. Most of the time, eyes need to be clear in photographs to make the image work. There are some exceptions!


Slow your Shutter
Slowing your shutter speed can add some movement to your photographs. This can help with motion blur effects or ghostly double person shots. Practice and take your time to master it, you'll be pleased with the results.


Use Props
Often, your subject won't know what to do with their hands. Give them something to hold onto, even if it's not going to be in the shot. It will generally relax them a bit more and will help to lower their shoulders and get rid of any tension. You can also introduce props to make your photograph more interesting, or colour to make it more vibrant. Try and pick things that will reflect your subjects personality, even ask them to bring some favourite bits and pieces themselves.


Depth of Field
Using a wide aperture gives you that fantastic depth of field that allows for a professional, softening blur. Afterwards, those who look at your photographs will hopefully be drawn to the model more than the background.


Inspiration
Browsing places like deviantART can provide you with a ton of inspiration. Lighting, editing, backgrounds, poses and even subjects can be found just by browsing. Don't let your lack of creativity put you off undertaking a shoot!



Be Bold
Time and time again, I've resisted photographing that interesting looking person on the street because I'm too scared to ask. I'll shoot candidly, even from the hip, to capture something. But I won't ask and therefore won't get the best result. Don't be afraid. Be friendly, approachable, not cagey or sneaky. If you want a photograph of somebody, ask them. What's the worst that can happen?
Don't even get me started on that one, subway, street busker, 10 stations later - still wanting money for the photo I took!



Black and White
Always always test an image in Black and White and fiddle with the settings. You can post-process black and white afterwards in the camera. Don't waste a shot by pre-setting your camera! But always check out how an image looks in black and white, you'll be surprised and often it can hide flaws.



Change Perspective
Shooting from the hip isn't always a nightmare, it can often turn some interesting results up. Climb on things, crouch down, lie on the floor, tilt the camera - do what you can to change the perspective just to see if it changes an image.


Picture Perfect Portraits

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 11:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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People & Portrait Photography

This article explores a few quick pointers that you can keep in mind when attempting to shoot perfect portraits. There are many rules, many tutorials and plenty of tips and advice out there. Google will give you thousands! But this article will sum up some of the most important ones. Enjoy!


Quick Tips
Shallow Depth of Field: A wide aperture setting on your camera ensures that you get a professionally blurred background that brings the focus of your image onto your model.

Sharp Focus: Eyes are the window to the soul! Therefore ensure that your models eyes are clearly and sharply in focus. If you're struggling, manually focus the lens of the camera yourself to make sure you get sharp, clear results.

Balance the lighting: You can use a reflector to bounce light into the eyes of your model and make use of the shadows to create a flattering and natural lighting result.

Colours: Think carefully about which colours compliment your model. In the above image, pale colours, muted tones and shades of brown and grey help to compliment the model nicely whilst also adding a great contrast between hair and skin colour.




Things to Avoid


:bulletblue:Look out for those photo 'bombs'- people, animals, objects, cars e.t.c that might be lurking behind your model, ready to pounce at the exact moment you have the perfect shot framed. Check the models hair, their clothes and their pose. Don't cut off heads, hands and feet unless you really mean to!

:bulletblue:Don't torture them, ensure they aren't focusing directly into sun and therefore giving you very beautiful 'squinty' images. You can use the sun on many occasions to create some beautiful bokeh though!

:bulletblue:Using the aperture priority mode on your camera will allow you to select a wide aperture setting of around 1.4. This can create a professional looking shallow depth of field and the nice blur you see in great portraiture.


Photographing People on your Travels

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 3:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Trying to photograph people within a country other than the one you are accustomed to can bring a whole new set of difficulties far beyond lighting, composition and frame. Here are a few tips that I've personally learned along the way which have not only inspired me to get out there and photograph more people, but also to approach new people and become more confident..

Be Sensitive


It's very important that you learn the customs of a country so as not to offend anybody when attempting to take or request their photograph. There are often many street entertainers in big cities and musicians that busk and request the odd coin or two. Don't make the mistake I did in Belgium, and request a photograph of a street performer and expect to give nothing in return! Putting a few coins of local currency their way will always be welcomed. Equally it's important to know when it's okay to take photographs, and when not. There were particular points that I found in France at the Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart Catholic Church) where photography was forbidden, but once the moment was over they gladly welcomed it.

Make a Purchase


Often, the interiors of shops can be extremely photogenic as can the the shopkeepers and people within them. I don't expect that if you want to Photograph Harrods in London, you would need to make a pricey purchase as they are very used to tourists and photographs pointing their cameras at the items and decor. However if you enter small family owned independent shops such as spice shops or perfume shops e.t.c then it's important to engage with the proprietor before requesting a photograph - just in case. Sometimes though, you can judge the owner carefully and make a decision. In Morrocco, the owner of a beautiful rug shop knew that not everybody could afford his products and was more than happy to pose next to them to highlight their stature and beauty.

Build a Rapport


Out of all the places I've been, I think that Paris is the most difficult place to capture portraiture shots. Londoners expect it, big city dwellers often are too busy to notice but in Paris where people are openly enjoying their coffee on the street, you can be met with rather angry looks when you raise a camera. One of the best ways of engaging a person to capture their portrait, is to engage with their pet first. And in Paris, there is no shortage of pet owners! They can also be part of the portrait too!

Be comfortable


People don't always mind being photographed, there are moments when you can judge for yourself as to whether they would be happy for you to raise a camera and take their photo. Some performers in particular are very aware that they are on show and that people want to capture them. Additionally I've found the same with Soldiers during home coming parades, although to some extent they aren't allowed to change their facial expression too much to show if they were annoyed! But during public events, people will generally tell you if they don't want you to photograph them and request it openly, if they do.

Engage


I've found that the easiest way to Photograph people at their most natural, is to engage them in conversation. Talk about them, their country, the things around them and even venture into what they do for a living. If you're the sort of photographer that I am, you'll take 50 shots just to get that one fantastic one and the most natural smiles can come when someone is talking about something they are passionate about. I recently photographed an author for his books author photograph and it was incredibly difficult to get him to relax, until we got talking about the book itself and then he became his natural comfortable self.

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People & Portrait Photography

I'm sure many people will agree with me that the People & Portrait Galleries here on deviantART are often dominated by Expressive, Emotive and (depending on taste!) beautiful portraiture captures. Photographs capture a moment and can tell a story, but often these kind of shots are predominantly to showcase clothing, makeup, features or bodies. There is another level to Portraiture and knowing how to tell a story through your camera lens is one of the key elements of documenting a person

"It's not just about an image, it's about the person in that image, who they are, where they've been - what they're doing."

Here in the UK, particuarly in the Summer months, there's almost a daily opportunity to go out and capture a story. I recently wandered around an Art Exhibition and managed to snap a fair few artists at work. To tell someone's story without relying on emotion within their facial features and body language, you can capture them within their natural environment - with the things that matter most around them. You can capture them at work, or doing their hobby - like these two images below. The first image is a glass blower but what caught my eye was the interaction between mother and son in the foreground who were engrossed in his work.


10 by Kaz-D

I knew very little about glass-blowing when I snuck in to take these shots and therefore I waited a while before trying to capture my defining shots. I needed to understand the process before I could begin to tell the story from behind the lens.

Untitled by Kaz-D


The second image shows artist Amy Goodman who is creating the 'Romsey War Horse.' Taking an image of Amy posing by her work would have been great, but showing her in her natural pose - working - was even better. (She even had her muse with her!)

31 by Kaz-D

Artists are a great place to start when attempting to capture someone's story. Look at the image below, you don't see the face of the artist so you can't define their features, but you see something more by viewing them at work..

Work in Progress by MichaelShapcott

And this image below, I feel, is a great example of someone in their natural environment. It gives depth to a photograph and tells more of a story about who they are, and where they are most comfortable.

Commissioned work pub agency by BenoitPaille

There are some basic tips you can consider when shooting portraits within an environment rather than focusing on face close-ups. Consider your Aperture and your ISO, generally workshops can be fairly dark places and your camera needs a bit of a set-up in order to get the best results. Create your own light if the light is lacking - consider using windows for natural light and overheads for forced light as a last resort. Get stuck in and share your 'Story-telling' images in the comments of this article!

That Late Afternoon Glow

Tue Jul 15, 2014, 6:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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People and Portrait Photography

Thanks to JenFruzz for bringing up this topic to be covered this week! You quite often see gorgeous photographs here on deviantART where the subject appears to be 'glowing.' The skin tones look lovely, the lighting is perfect - but how do they achieve such effects? A lot of the time it depends upon the image and the photographer and what their post-processing procedure is. Sometimes you can achieve that 'Late afternoon glow' with Photoshop and in particular, actions. Here are some other things you can to do for optimal results...

*** by sergeygerman

Shoot in RAW


D-SLR's allow this and it's worth it, trust me. Particularly if you're shooting at events or Weddings. RAW files let you do so much more afterwards when you're processing your images with Photoshop or Lightroom e.t.c. If your camera shoots in RAW, there's really no excuse not to be using that function. Most cameras shoot in both RAW and JPEG formats now. Storage space is becoming cheaper - therefore there's plenty of reason why you should photograph in RAW! In terms of skin tone, RAW allows you to adjust the temperature and white balance of a person when editing and RAW files create a lot more data than that contained in a simple JPEG file.

Check out your White Balance


Your White Balance is important if you want to achieve a certain tone within your image. You can post-process as described above if it doesn't work out, but if you're keen on getting 'the image' straight away without too much fiddling afterwards then pay attention to white balance. This article by Earthymoon talks about White Balance in more detail.

Marina Stenko 2 by cbyn

Choose your background


Always always go for the better light if you can. But pay attention to the type of light that you are working with. If the light is harsh (overhead lights, harsh sunlight e.t.c) you may need a reflector to help balance things out. However you can use the objects and structures around you to get some optimal results as well. Look at where the sunlight is bouncing off of a building (if you're outside) and use the diffused light to place your model(s). To test the diffusion of light, use your hand. The palm of your hand can often tell you how someone's skin tone will look in the light that you are using. You don't want anything extra red or orange.

Check your exposure


Exposure is important. Again, shooting in RAW can allow you to make basic lighting mistakes, but don't rely on it as your safety net! Using your cameras histogram is one of the best ways of ensuring that your settings are optimal. It allows you to understand the types of light around your image and guides you to create proper exposure. It can show you how much of an image is made up of darkness and how much is made up of light plus all the levels in the middle. Check out This article for more information on using a histogram.

Finally, check out this book. (It costs money!) But if you can borrow it from somewhere or read some online samples it will already give you some fantastic insight. It talks about how to create and capture luminous portrait photographs.

Classic Captures Portraiture Contest

Mon Jul 14, 2014, 9:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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People and Portrait Photography

This week we're focusing on bringing you educational materials to help you develop your People and Portrait Photography! In honour of this, we're delighted to host a mini two week contest that challenges you to step outside of your comfort zone and get snapping, Classic style. Read on for more information...

Theme


The idea is to use some of the tips you learn this week to capture a classic portrait. This can be a self-portrait if you want. The theme must follow the idea of Classic Portraiture which can be defined as follows...
"Photographs of people in traditional pose are often formal, refined and restrained in style while a plain and simple background is a popular feature for a Classic Portrait."


06 by NerySoul
1950 by Canankk

The Rules


:bulletblack: Entries must be newly submitted to deviantART (and taken on or after the contest launch date).
:bulletblack: Entries must be photography with minimal manipulation
:bulletblack: One entry per person only

Dates


The Contest will start on Monday 14th July and end on Sunday 27th July . This gives you two whole weeks to create some awesome!

Submitting


To submit your entries you don't have to be a member of projecteducate - but it will help when being notified of the winners! Just pop along to the
Contest Gallery and submit your work. Please be patient whilst we approve your request and check that you have followed the rules.

Prizing


The prizing for the contest courtesy of communityrelations will be as follows:
1st Place
6 month sub + 100 points

2nd Place
3 month sub + 50 points

Any questions? Just note projecteducate!

People and Portrait Photography Intro

Mon Jul 14, 2014, 1:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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People & Portrait Photography

Welcome to the People & Portraits Photography week here at projecteducate! Your hosts this week are General Photography CVs Kaz-D and 3wyl along with Artistic Nude Photography CV - Mrs-Durden. We've got a handful of useful educational articles, some features and a couple of interviews this week to help you understand the People and Portrait Photography galleries here on deviantART.

Firstly, let's introduce the Community Volunteer team! The common misconception is that myself and 3wyl can award Daily Deviations to anything within the People & Portrait Galleries. That's simply not the case, there are several dedicated volunteers in charge of a few of the more specific and extensive galleries. You can find them below:

Artistic Nude & Fetish Nyx-Valentine
Artistic Nude Mrs-Durden
Cosplay pullingcandy
Fashion Pixel-Spotlight
Pin Up & Glamour DistortedSmile
Anything else? Kaz-D and 3wyl.


We have a fantastic Galleries Month coming up at projecteducate and therefore we're not going to go into the details of defining the sub-categories of People and Portrait Photography, it's only a few weeks away! But if you want a better understanding of what the galleries are about then pop over to our folder within the projecteducate gallery which can be found here. There are lots of fantastically useful articles there which we won't be repeating this week!

Finally, stay tuned for our contest launch this afternoon as we challenge you to get snapping for the chance to win some deviantART prizes!

Nom Nom 75# Lasagne

Fri Jul 11, 2014, 12:21 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:



This week the theme is Lasagne as suggested (some weeks ago!) by pica-ae! Want to suggest a Nommy theme for next time? Just send me a note. :)

Chicken Curry Lasagna by Markhal

Chicken Agridoce Lasagna by Markhal

239 Dinner Out by DistortedSmile
Vegetarian Lasagna by simas2
Lasagne Close Up by doctorreplen
Lasagne 3 by patchow

Lasagne Bento by pradlee

Lasagne by patchow
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 | CousCous
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People and Portraits Exposed

Tue Jul 8, 2014, 12:39 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:



Since the People and Portrait Galleries on deviantART are so expansive and vast, I get a lot of Daily Deviation suggestions on an almost daily basis for just those sub-categories. Of course, 3wyl and I can't feature them all - so this is what this article is about. Every fortnight I try and choose a selection of the images that have been sent in and share them in a feature. This week the suggestions come courtesy of DSSiege11, xthumbtakx , Minato-Kushina, RoxaneLys, BokehLight, ejrotsih, AgonizingSwordfish, musicismylife10027, ihamo, Nazrin-Polad and SabakuNoShi.

Do keep the suggestions coming - send them via note to either myself or 3wyl. As most of you know, 3wyl and I take care of most of the sub-categories of the People and Portrait Gallery for Photography. However there are a few specialist CVs to send some specific suggestions to! Check out the full team here.

red roses by ShamAnn366
It All Started with Wonder by ADotInTheUniverseself 4 by Nazrin-Polad
tree's dreams by Anna1AnnaBm Port 1 by IMustBeDead
John in Mourning by thermalravenRainbow Powder Portrait by Shutter-Punk
waiting for the spring by rahmaniopine cones and other loves by maybe-paper-hearts
Self2 by Nazrin-Polad931198 10151620423039266 1991618250 N by ncgame

I'm your echo by paulisaHorse Whisperer IV by DarkVenusPersephonae
Self-portrait by loreelamia

Remembering JamminJo

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 2:07 PM


DeviantART is an interesting place and for many, an interesting concept. I've watched people arrive, make their mark, have their impact and then disappear never to be heard of again. I've watched people drift in, then out, then back again for a bit - and then disappear once again. We treat deviantART in our own way, the way in which we need it at that moment in our lives. For me deviantART has been a place of escape, sharing, elation, sadness and positivity throughout my (almost) ten years here. One person who had a profound impact on me from the moment I met her was JamminJo.

deviantID Movember by JamminJo

She didn't come here as JamminJo - but that's who most of us recognise her as now. Jo spread positivity wherever she went, she immersed herself in article series such as Wonderful Wednesday and Wishing Well Weekly. She was a huge part of projecteducate when it first started to take off and branch out into mini projects such as Community Weeks. She created, helped out in or ran several profound groups including DevNews, Through-a-Lens and dAWishingWell. Jo is one of those people who is a mine of positive thinking and creativity, and I find myself drifting to her profile now and again to see what's going on and whether she has resurfaced. I'm not surprised to see others doing the same, therefore I felt it important to create this journal entry if nothing else to share the amazing impact Jo had upon our community.

Garfield by JamminJo

I don't think any of us really know what has happened to Jo, I like to think that she's decided to live a life free of the internet and all that comes with it ;) Who knows. According to her profile it's been 68 weeks since she logged in, and I just hope that she's well. If you've got a fabulous memory of Jo and the impact that her presence had on you then do share it in the comments and we can fill this journal up. :)

Snooze by JamminJo


"She's a beautiful person with such an amazing positive attitude. I miss her around here and I write it on her profile every now and then, hoping that she might read it without logging on or something.

She was everywhere on the site, helping where she could and who she could. I hope she's doing awesome and just hasn't got the time to visit us because of really, really good things. :heart:"
~Anoya

"She was already gone when I joined dAWishingWell as an admin and I regret not having the chance to know her more."
~Stygma

"JamminJo has and will always be an amazing deviant. I truly miss her presence and although I have tried to reach out to her, I haven't succeeded at all. Her spirit, love, and dedication to this community is not only memorable, it is honorable. I miss her "
~TimberClipse

"Jo was a great inspiration to me, and although I interacted with her her briefly before she vanished, she had a huge impact in me, I hope she reads this journal someday, and can feel the warmth she still generates in our hearts when we think of her, which is often!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconsweethugplz::iconflyingheartsplz:"
~TheGalleryOfEve

"I never interacted too much with her, but the few times I did, it was clear to me how much of person-person she was and that she was a very heartwarming individual."
~ Nichrysalis

"I miss her dearly, she was always such an incredible friend and deviant!  I do hope that she will return someday! "
~Astralseed

"I haven't had the chance to meet her, but I know she's a kind soul and I hope she's doing well. Pray Heart"
A-Shadow-Rose

"Oh goodness, Jo. She was one of the first people I encountered on this account. She was always so kind, loving and caring. She inspired me to do so many things! Her community spirit was amazing, and I've never met another like her. I only hope that she is safe and okay Heart"
~rainylake







Welcome to the latest Community Relations: Photography news! I'm really hoping that we get to make these things monthly and fill them with a ton of useful stuff as well as the latest goings on here on deviantART. So if there's something you think should be included in this newsletter, then let us know by commenting with your thoughts!

Interviews and Features










Contests and Games


:bulletblue: For those who can't regularly attend our Games Nights and Critique Events at CRPhotography - we host a Games blog! Head over to get involved and for the chance to win some deviantART points! There's still time to join in here.

:bulletblue: For critiques and comments you can join in with Comment Month over at CRPhotography. Check out the latest blog here.

:bulletblue: There's still time to enter the June Contest at CRPhotography. The theme this month is People and Portraits and there's a chance to win some awesome prizes.

:bulletblue: Still-Life-Stills are hosting a June Contest focused on...Breakfast! Take part by reading This Blog and entering your work!

:bulletblue: Abstract-and-Surreal have their June Contest in full swing and there is still time to enter! The theme this time is Open! So you have no excuse to not enter...
If you'd like to see your Contest, Challenge or Game (Photography related) posted here then please send me a note!

Photography Discussions This Month...


justanothersomeone has been talking about Working outside the single image over at CRPhotography this month. Get involved by heading over and commenting today!

Groups Updates... 


Monthly Group Focus


This month the new group focus is on dA-Yoga-Challenge - it's not photography related, it's not any kind of specific art genre related for that matter. But it just goes to show the diversity of deviantART and how there's absolutely something for everyone here. Whilst we go about our Art, our creations and our inspirations we're also parts of lots of other pockets around the internet and our 'everyday lives.' The deviantART Yoga Challenge is there to bring together people who enjoy Yoga or who want to get into it slowly and need a bit of help. Head over and check it out for more information and read the latest journal on Staying Motivated on dA.

Photography Groups


Photo-by-Nature have opened their next submission period so check out the article, read the rules and participate!

Hot off the Press!


Huge congratulations go to georgewjohnson who has had his images published in Amateur Photographer Magazine this month! And he was chosen as Editors Choice of the month! Head over and congratulate him!

Printed in AP magazine June 2014 by georgewjohnson


Abstract And Surreal


The top submissions of May have been featured here at Abstract-and-Surreal. Head over, join, view the works and enjoy! SRudy has also done a fab article on Istvan Sandorfi which is well worth reading.

Black and White by szerglinka


Conceptual Photography


Conceptual Creations is an article series that highlights some of the latest top submissions to the Conceptual Photography gallery here on deviantART. Check out the recent edition here. Don't forget to send your Conceptual Daily Deviation suggestions to Kaz-D and 3wyl!

And I won't remember the words you said by Foufinha


Macro Photography


This month designandshine has shared a fabulous article highlighting four simple tips for photographing snails. Check it out here.  And MarcosRodriguez has published the latest edition of the Macro Spotlight showcasing some amazing captures!

portrait of a ladybug by stresskiller66

People & Portraits


There have been a lot of People and Portrait Daily Deviation suggestions of the past few months that have been sent my way. As a consequence of this and some of the incredible works that have been suggested, I've put together a regular monthly feature highlighting the suggestions. Check them out here.

Artistic Nude & Fetish


This week Nyx-Valentine has put together a feature using the Undiscovered Tool on deviantART. Check it out here!

Pin-Up and Glamour


DistortedSmile takes care of your Pin-Up and Glamour Photography Daily Deviation suggestions. Check out the latest CR Newsletter for May/June which highlights lots of things going on within the community. The latest edition of Under the Skin is out too!

Wanting by gregoryncurran

Photo-journalism


Once again, keep sending your PJ Daily Deviation suggestions to myself and 3wyl! Check out this very insightful journal feature from 1pen who shares How Olympic Athletes Make a Living. It'll be an interesting read regardless of whether you're a sports photo-journalist or not.

Still Life Photography


There has been SO much going on over at Still-Life-Stills - Contests, Features, Interviews and more. Head over to be a part of everything and check out some of the latest goings on below. Don't forget to send your Still Life Daily Deviation suggestions to myself and 3wyl!

Photographer of the Week: Daykiney by 3wyl
Nom Nom Cous Cous from Kaz-D
Nom Nom Bagels from Kaz-D

Salmon bagel by chealse


Street Photography


3wyl and I are still looking after Street Photography for the moment so please please do send your suggestions our way! For some inspiration, check out StamatisGR's latest feature of Friday Night Specials.

atonement by lightdrafter


Urban & Rural


There's some updated news from the Urban Exploration Community which you can read here. It highlights how risky undertaking the photographs for such purposes can be!  Do you Urbex? Have you almost been caught out? Share your story here!

Waiting for the End by AbandonedZone


Regular Article Series


Here are some of the latest Editions of regular article series shared around deviantART. If you'd like your 'Series' added just send me a note!
Project Porkchop from Astralseed
Week 25 from deviant365
Deviation of the Month from Outstanding-Women
The Inspired from RebeccaBrogden

Photography Resources


This week, Base-designs has shared Ten Premium Nature Actions for use in Photoshop to jazz up your work! If you're not an 'Action' kind of person and prefer to take your Photographs as naturally as possible then check out this Tutorial which shows you how to create hazy dreamy filter effects using just a plastic bag and some coloured markers!

Conceptual Creations

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 11:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:


There have been some truly inspiring submissions to the Conceptual Photography lately - just when you think all the concepts possible have been executed in any way possible - someone somewhere, surprises you! Check out some of the top submissions from the past month... Don't forget that if you have a Daily Deviation suggestion for Conceptual Photography you can send it to me Kaz-D, or 3wyl



THE MOSS ON THE TREE BARK by M0THart
And I won't remember the words you said by Foufinha
Puppet Theatre by Mothricia
Getting Old by CanankkPurple by bwaworgathe ghost inside by TheBizarreBirdcageLegend of Phoenix Hill by xBassxHarmingxDream is Collapsing II by MyLifeThroughTheLensblack swan v.1 by bwaworga
Secret garden by AlexandraSophieBottled Dream by arefin03



Petapixel recently posted an article that highlighted the financial dangers of undertaking Urban Exploration - Fines! An Urbex Photographer recently had a run in with authorities which meant they were threatened with a 15k fine and jail time. The Urban Explorer who goes by the online pseudonym The Other Side luckily didn't have to endure either prospective punishment - but if they get caught again in the next three years, in France, it's definitely an option. So there's a lesson to be learned - when you're out and about Urban Exploring...don't do it in France ;) Check out the article here.

Waiting for the End by AbandonedZone
Larundel Asylum Hallway by olseado
Agnus Dei 16 by yansheeThe Last House of Princess II by AbandonedZone
Silent Applause by Matthias-Haker
Ghost Piano by wulfman65The Communist Spirit by Matthias-HakerOlbricht Kaserne - Heeresbaeckerei - Leipzig 1 by StegieSmelter by thebrokenview


Urban Exploration is the exploration of man-made structures. Usually these are abandoned ruins, or components that used to be part of everyday life but are no longer seen on a regular basis by the human eye. This series of articles aims to highlight exactly what Urban Exploration is, how it's achieved and the some of the best Urbex Photographers here on deviantART. Want to see more Urbex photographs within the Daily Deviation section? Then send your suggestions to 3wyl and I!




Nom Nom 74# Cous Cous

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 1:02 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:




Headed created by TouchedD

This weeks Nom was suggested by pica-ae! Cous Cous..it's one of those weird things that you either love, or can't be bothered to eat. I for one, love it - it's pretty awesome with roasted vegetable type things, but plain, I find it a bit weird. How do you eat yours? :la:

Lamb Cous Cous by sphinx-ita
Dinner by sunmoo
Cous cous-art by SerenaMarziaCous I Love Food by starsonsaturn

Couscous by IElioI005 - Cous Cous by missvexCous cous alle verdure by GabriellaScioniCous cous de pescado by Draadis

Roasted Cous Cous 2 by Ellie-Photographie

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.
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Andy Warhol

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 3:00 AM
Warhol's early work involved ink drawings of shoe advertisements. He was hired to design album covers and promotional materials for RCA Records before he moved on to adopting the Silk Screen Printmaking technique. You can read more about that particular art technique here. One of Warhol's greatest skills, perhaps, was to overlook flaws in his own work and put it out there anyway. If you look at a lot of his final pieces many have smudges, scuffs and marks that lots of other artists would not be able to tolerate.



Perhaps to most people, one of the most interesting things about Andy Warhol is his artwork. That is, after all, what he was most famous for. However in 1968 a radical feminist writer attempted to murder Warhol and a colleague and whilst the colleague was barely injured - Warhol was lucky to survive. It was this that then influenced and had a very profound effect on Warhol's life and art.


"Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there—I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life."




After Warhol's death, it took nine days to auction his estate and all of his posessions due to how many he had accrued over his life. The auction grossed more than $20 million.

"I'd rather buy a dress and put it up on the wall, than put a painting, wouldn't you?"



Maya Angelou

Wed May 28, 2014, 11:41 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:


I posted this over at my blog today as part of the 365 challenge - but I wanted to post it here too. Those who follow my blog over at Wordpressknow that not only do I take a photograph (or two) a day, but I also include a fitting quote.

I often find my quotes each day, by browsing Good Reads. It was there, quite some time ago now, that I first met Maya Angelou. Of course, I had heard of her before and I knew of her literary works – but really only became hooked upon her wisdom when I stumbled across this…

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
1 by Kaz-D

When you have the kind of mind that I do (I inherited the worrier family trait rather than the ‘warrior’ one!) it takes years and years to find something that will help you to let things go and keep going with life and without a humungous grudge or concern. Nobody’s perfect, that much is true, and I haven’t fully mastered the letting go part but it’s in hand at least. When I feel frustrated, worried, emotional or when I feel just complete and utter despair I go to that quote and couple it with another favourite (A.A Milne this time!)

“Always Remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and wiser than you think.”

The sad news is that Maya Angelou died today – but her quote is so very true – “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” - I won’t ever forget the power of her words and how they made me feel, how they still make me feel. If you need an inspirational moment, take a moment to visit here.


2 by Kaz-D3 by Kaz-D






People + Portraits Exposed

Tue May 27, 2014, 12:46 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:



Since the People and Portrait Galleries on deviantART are so expansive and vast, I get a lot of Daily Deviation suggestions on an almost daily basis for just those sub-categories. Of course, 3wyl and I can't feature them all - so this is what this article is about. Every fortnight I try and choose a selection of the images that have been sent in and share them in a feature.

This week the suggestions come courtesy of AgonizingSwordfish, DianaVVolf, Mrs-Durden, DrHouse88, pap911, AfricanObserver, Minato-Kushina and JamesFaraday.

Do keep the suggestions coming - send them via note to either myself or 3wyl. As most of you know, 3wyl and I take care of most of the sub-categories of the People and Portrait Gallery for Photography. However there are a few specialist CVs to send some specific suggestions to! Check out the full team here.

Lena. by sollenafotografie

Kristoffer by DorianOrendainMarlena by Jezeele
War child by siriablackyNOIR by DrHouse88Two by boriszaretskyOur Path by SehbebenTangled by Gingershots