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Meet Linneaphoto!

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 9:00 AM
Meet Linnéa, a 24 year old wildlife photographer currently based in the UK studying Marine and Natural History Photography. She has shared her photography on DeviantArt for over four years and has an absolutely amazing gallery with some stunning captures of wildlife that show patience, understanding and compassion for nature. You can find linneaphoto here on DeviantArt or elsewhere on her website or Facebook

The Beginning

I've been doing photography all my life but started taking it a bit more seriously when I chose to study photography in college but it wasn't until 2012 when I realized it's wildlife and nature photography that I want to specialize in, which is why I wanted to study this course. I'm currently in my second year and when I finish this course I'm aiming to move back to Sweden, where I'm from, and hopefully keep doing wildlife and nature photography.
Curious polecat by linneaphoto

The Gear

I own a Canon 60D and a Sigma 18-250mm lens however I barely ever use these as I have access to one of the best photography stores in Europe at my university with all the high-end camera gear I require to use for free during the duration of my course. My favourite set-up is a Canon 5D mkIII with a 300mm f/2.8 lens combined with teleconverters if necessary.

My equipment
Cameras: Canon 60D, Canon 1000D, Canon 350D
Lenses: Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3, Canon 50mm f/1.8

University equipment I use
Canon cameras: 5D mkIII, 6D, 7D
Canon lenses: 300mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4, 100mm f/2.8 macro, 1.4x, 2x
Nikon cameras: D810, D800E, D600, D7000
Nikon lenses: 300mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4, 600mm f/4, 105mm f/2.8 macro, 14-24mm f/2.8, 1.4x, 2x
Other equipment: GoPro Hero 2, GoPro Hero 3

University underwater equipment
- Nikon D7000 + 60mm f/2.8 macro + Nauticam housing + Sea & Sea strobe x2
- Panasonic Lumix GX1 + 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 + Nauticam housing + Sea & Sea strobe

You have so many amazing shots of wildlife, what tips do you have to help other photographers get closer to animals for shots like yours?

Hungry Fox by linneaphoto

Wildlife photography can be very difficult if you don't have access to wildlife on your doorstep which many photographers do, with foxes in their garden and all sorts of wildlife. I've never really had access to wildlife like this but as my knowledge and passion has evolved I've started to pay a lot more attention and I've noticed that there's a lot more interesting species in the area where I live than I first thought. So this is my greatest tip, to start looking around you and pay attention to where you can find these animals and what their behaviour is like. I've done a lot of photography in a few different hides, there are many hides around the world where you can get really close to some of these animals without interrupting their natural behaviour, there might be a hide close to where you live (though there are also many hides built for commercial purposes and therefore cost a lot of money). Parks and nature reserves are also great areas to do wildlife photography, the less human interaction the animals are used to the more "stalking" skills you need, so it might be a good idea to start in areas where the animals are used to us humans and thus easier to get close to.

"Start looking around you and pay attention to where you can find these animals and what their behaviour is like."

In the beginning of my passion for wildlife I started out working with captive animals in zoos and that's a great place to start, but my best advice is to only visit those that work within conservation and give the animals a good life. Captivity is close to never ideal but there are definitely some zoos that are better than others, I myself like ZSL Whipsnade Zoo which has huge enclosures for the animals. However I'm working less and less with zoo photography and more with wild animals but throughout my course I've also had to opportunity to work with two sanctuaries, one for mammals and one for birds of prey. These sanctuaries work hard towards conservation and rehabilitation of wild animals. These sanctuaries has given me the opportunity to get close to animals which I wouldn't have gotten as close to in the wild and let me practice my photography. The sanctuary outside Launceston where I've photographed foxes, water voles, harvest mice, wildcats and polecats is often used by professional filmmakers as well and you'll often find that any animal smaller than a rabbit that is featured in a wildlife documentary is often filmed in captivity as it's otherwise impossible to get close to them and document their natural behaviour.

Could you talk us through how you achieved the below image?

Marsa Shagra Startrails by linneaphoto

This was taken during a trip with my course to the Red Sea in Egypt. This was during the first night, the only night I actually did astrophotography as I felt limited by my poor equipment. When I do startrails I only need 4 simple tools; camera, wide angle lens, tripod and cable release. The better the quality of the camera and lens the better the result. To achieve startrails like these I set my camera to manual mode, 30 seconds shutter speed, lowest aperture and a high ISO, like 1600 or more depending on how much noise your camera creates at these high numbers. Manual focus set on infinity and camera needs to be on continuous mode, then I lock in my cable release and my camera will keep taking photographs until I feel like I'm done, the longer I wait the longer the startrails. A separate exposure for the foreground is likely to be required to get it sharp and correctly exposed. It all comes together in post-processing where I stack all my startrail-shots, blend the layers to 'lighten' and voilá! Foreground can then be added on top with the sky masked out to reveal the startrails. I'm currently working on a project in astrophotography where startrails will be one of my techniques, like such:…

Does your location offer you the chance to capture certain types of photography or specific scenery?

I live in Cornwall as this is where my course is based and it's quite an amazing landscape with lots of opportunities. I mainly focus on wildlife and birds, there are plenty of birds all around the county and recently I've started being a bit more serious about birds and visited specific locations to find specific birds such as snow buntings, black redstarts and water rails. Cornwall is also a great location for landscapes, however I'm more interested in night-time landscapes.

What technique do you use for capturing beautiful softened water like in this photograph?

Gyllyngvase Sunrise by linneaphoto

This photograph was achieved by getting up before sunrise to get the beautiful, soft morning light, the low light, together with the right camera settings, allows the water to naturally become smoother with long shutter speeds. My settings were a small aperture to allow as little light as possible to hit the sensor, the lowest ISO to ensure a good quality and then whatever shutterspeed is require for the correct exposure, hopefully as long as possible. If I would have used ND filters my shutterspeeds would have been even slower and the water even softer.

Huge thanks go to linneaphoto for her insight and sharing some of her tips and hints for wildlife photography!

Hungry Otter by linneaphotoLynx by linneaphoto

What You Love - Contest Winners!

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 9:07 PM
Thanks to the two people who entered this months contest! Sadly without more participation we are no longer able to host the monthly contest. If you'd like to see the contest return then please note the group and we'll take your input on board. However I am delighted that both entrants this month are incredibly deserving winners - without further ado here they are!

1st Place

Love potion by everythingisaverage

2nd Place

heart of gold by augenweide

Journal Design and CSS by PreetikaSharma
Strawberrys by spanjebob89

Artists Tools - Call for Contributors!

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 8:10 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

Artists Toolbox

We have another exciting Artists Toolbox week coming up and we need YOUR articles! If you'd love to write about the favourite tools that you have to create your Art then we want to hear from you! The next Artists Tools week is running from March 30th - April 5th 2015 and we need your drafted ideas by Wednesday 18th March. Just send a note to projecteducate with your proposal and we will help you do the rest! To see examples of previous Artists Tools articles check out our gallery here.

Watch Forever

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 11:51 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

Inspired by wreckling's journal, I thought it would be good to join in and share some love highlighting people that I have watched practically for ever, and plan to watch for everymore after that! I started to single people out and write mushy stuff but I didn't get very far because there are so many of you! This journal has taken me two days to put together :D. I have 2993 watchers (come on 3k!) and I watch 2400 deviants. That's amazing! I couldn't mention you all, nor did I want to. Here are the special many...

This is a hot topic recently :eyes: so what I have to say about 3wyl can pretty much be found in 3wyl ~ Times are changing.
Flourish by 3wyl

So enthusiastic with an amazing gallery and energy for all things DeviantArt. hosagu inspires me to keep going with fresh ideas and thoughts and look at the under-appreciated artists more often.
Simply Silent by hosagu

Whose name was much easier to spell in the olden days! :D Jade is an absolutely inspiring artist with an eye for so much incredible detail. Her enthusiasm on DeviantArt and for life in general is just a huge prop for me.

Fate by Aeirmid

Fellow partner in crime now! :eyes:
American Haunting by Mrs-Durden

My real life partner in crime - three years of much love and we're now in our lovely house together with HIS photography on the walls :P
Forest Bluebells by TouchedD

And here are the others - there are far too many to mention individually but for all sorts of reasons these are people I watch - because they inspire me, keep me grounded, prompt me, poke me and put beautiful works in my newsfeed! (And some of their works are feature below too!
Oer-Wout, Anoya, AshleyxBrooke AnaNaszynska annajordanart ArtByCher alexandrasalas 1pen 1001G BokehLight Canankk ChewedKandi cinyu claremanson creativemikey cybergranny cakecrumbs CelticStrm-Stock  ColinHuttonPhoto craigp-photography DanLuVisiArt DaPineapple  DAnnsCreations  DianaCretu DimensionSeven daisicalolliwog Dani-the-Naiad dekorAdum DemonMathiel DiamonEyes  DpressedSoul  DistortedSmile dragonfly-oli  DragonflyAndromeda  dukeofspade Daghrgenzeen diphylla EintoeRn Earthymoon Erzsabet Ewa5 excalibur38 Exillior EliseEnchanted Elandria Emerald-Depths fediaFedia feigenfrucht FionaCreates ginkgografix gilad Goodnight-Melbourne  greendragonflywing GuinevereToGwen Gwendolyn12 hayley--jade Hardrockangel HaveTales-WillTell HA91 hayzy Hengki24 HungryxHungryxHippos Helen-Baq Hyperionic-Xmissions IsacGoulart iAmAneleBiscarra iAmoret IceXDragon iDJPanda im-not-sana iNeedChemicalX inObrAS IndigoSummerr IrrevocableFate JenFruzz JakezDaniel TheBrassGlass jane-beata JamminJo jcroxas jenepooh jenthestrawberry John-Peter Julie-de-Waroquier julietcaesar justanothersomeone JZino kangel KovoWolf Kamal-Q Karl-B Kassi-Kamira Kendra-Paige kersee9 Kezzi-Rose kingmancheng KubusRubus lieveheersbeestje lost-angle Lyricanna LiliWrites Magical525 MagicalJoey maytel Memnalar Metal-Bender Mollinda Moonbeam13 MachinesBleedToo MarcosRodriguez MarinaCoric Marloeshi marob0501 MichelleRamey Miguel-Santos MiloticScale Minato-Kushina MsStarryDuck MyntKat mylittlebluesky MysticalAngel101 MarcoEmma MayEbony naked-in-the-rain Nameda namenotrequired Nelleke nenmayk neurotype Nichrysalis Pajunen PurpelBlur PaperPandaCuts PaSt1978 PirateLotus-Stock Rushy rainylake regularjane RhynWilliams Riemea RockstarVanity Ry-Spirit rydi1689 Sabbelbina salshep Savaliste ScENeYmE scheinbar Sepulchral-Roses Shutter-Shooter shuttermonkey SnapperRod sodalicious SRudy StamatisGR SanguineEpitaph SanguineLaw Schnitzelyne sesam-is-open ShadowedAcolyte shadowfoxcreative Shue13 Shyree soulsearcher1on1 SqueakyToybox Sarah-BK Talty tiganusi Savanah25 Tanashai tanikel TeaPhotography TheCreativeJenn TheAutumnLeaves TheGalleryOfEve TheScorpionBoy Thiefoworld thetaoofchaos ThornyEnglishRose TimberClipse Timothy-Sim UseR2006 ValaSedai vanmall WDWParksGal VSConcepts Void-Hamlet-Herself haldron Waluigi-Prower WillowXD WintersRead WorldWar-Tori wreckling xbastex x-xSpitFirex-x xTalithax xthumbtakx y2jenn YukiMizuno.

steam curls animation by hayzy
Frozen by naked-in-the-rain
If I Lose Myself by IsacGoulart
Alice by EliseEnchanted
:Deeper by Oer-Wout
Iwan. by Anoya
-- Blizzard 0f 2015 -- by AshleyxBrooke by AnaNaszynska
Lurker by annajordanart
Rebels In Community by ArtByCher
Numel Commission by alexandrasalas
Jayner Senior US Championships 2012 by 1pen
Happy Birthday Mr. Woodsman by 1001G
Valley Fog by BokehLight
A Stage by Canankk
Fluffy MEOW! by ChewedKandi
Eta Orionis by cinyu
Raspberry Cheesecake Cups by claremanson
Water of Love by creativemikey
50 birthday guest book cover by cybergranny


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We had some incredible entries to the Valentine Heart Contest which encouraged you to find Hearts in everything and anything around you. People got incredibly creative, some created their own hearts and others searched until they found something within a natural environment. You can browse all of the entries by visiting this link.

Second Place

Glass of hearts

Honourable Mentions

3wyl ~ Times are changing

Tue Mar 3, 2015, 12:57 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

General Photography has been a huge passion of mine for years and when the beloved ScENeYmE left my side for greener pastures, I wasn't sure if anyone else could ever fill that position again. We worked in sync, we were pretty awesome. And then along came 3wyl. Well, she was there way before that and we worked together on many things before we became partners in crime on the Community Relations Team, but she stepped up and we put our own touch on the General Photography Community. We ran contests, we created groups, we closed groups (when they no longer had the same purpose), we gave Daily Deviations, we argued about Daily Deviations (with each other, never in public!) and we debated and discussed the gallery structure within General Photography.

We asked you questions, you gave us answers, we created things based upon what the community wanted. We pulled CRPhotography up from the ground. From two shiny enthusiastic founders to a huge team of pretty fantastic people and a member base of more than 4,000 deviants (who are also pretty and fantastic!) That's why today is a sad day, but also a good day because I'm reminded of how much we've achieved and the endless conversations about how we should do this or do that. 3wyl keeps me organised.

You have to know now, now that she's stepping down, that the biggest secret is I wouldn't have done as much or been as active or as organised as I am today without her help (and she will probably take that as an insult, as many know, I am the most forgetful disorganised person ever!) but imagine how much worse it could be without 3wyl...

Luckily, you won't have to. Because once again another has stepped up (some weeks ago) and is going to work alongside me! Mrs-Durden has her own ways of being awesome and again is scarily and hugely organised so there is hope for me yet... Things change and will never be quite the same with each change, but at the same time, we have some great ideas for the future, for photography and for the site in general. So stay tuned for what we will bring you next and in the meantime, 3wyl, who doesn't much like fuss , needs some farewell luff.


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Monthly Photography Newsletter

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

Word of the Month

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

Photographers of the Day

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

Contests & Projects

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

General Photography News

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

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

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer justanothersomeone

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

Poles by MBKKR

Animals, Plants and Nature

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

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

Winter Morning by Capturing-the-Light

Artistic Nude

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine

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

No title by fb101


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

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

Crack of Dawn II by Sturmideenkind


Community Volunteer Pixel-Spotlight

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

Plume by Dapicture

Pin Up & Glamour

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile

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

Sock Monkey by littlemissmaggiemay


Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez

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

Drop by GeorgeAmies

People and Portraits

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

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

-: Ria Yaya :- by BataraKresna


Community Volunteer tanikel

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

Buergbrennen by OK-Photography

Still Life

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

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

Christmas dessert by Daykiney


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

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

Sunny by IFedorovskaya

Urban and Rural

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

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

Stage of Decay by AbandonedZone

Educational Articles and Tutorials

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

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

New Equipment and Technology

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

Forum Posts

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

Groups to Check Out!

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

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

Meet JenFruzz!

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

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

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

The Beginning

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

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

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

The Gear

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

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

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

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

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

Bright Horizons by JenFruzz

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

Sapphires 101213 by JenFruzz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Icy Fire by JenFruzz

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

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

Needs Some Milk by JenFruzz


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Urbex: Staircases

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

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

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


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Marloeshi is the first Interviewee for our series focusing on Photographers here on DeviantArt. She's twenty one years old and is a photographer based in The Netherlands in a small town near Eindhoven. She has been experimenting with Photography since she was around sixteen years old and got her first DSLR for her Birthday. Like many of us, she messed around (her words!) for the first few years and experimented to find her 'style' but in the last two or three years she nailed it and now has a gallery full of absolutely beautiful works. Marloeshi's work spans a wide range of sub-galleries here on DeviantArt including Still Life, Animals, Nature, Travel and Conceptual to name just a few. This interview will hopefully give you a little glimpse into her work, her processes and a few of her secrets for creating some of the awesome images that she has made.

~ by Marloeshi

The Gear

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

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

For my lover by Marloeshi
Fairytale by Marloeshi

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

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

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

Green ocean by Marloeshi

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

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

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

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

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

Stuck in a dream by Marloeshi

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

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

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

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


Forgotten Kingdom by Marloeshi
The darkness by Marloeshi

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

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

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

Haunted by Marloeshi


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Art History: Photo-journalism

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 8:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

Art History Week

Art History

Photojournalism is a term that we use loosely today to describe photographs of events. Here on DeviantART it describes a huge gallery of photographic works ranging from captures of protests to journalistic type shots taken at Weddings. It includes natural events, human interest stories, disasters both man-made and not so man-made and much more. Photo-journalism is the practise of communicating news via photographs most commonly printed in newspapers and magazines. But where did it all begin?

The 1920s

Photo-journalism was born in the 1920s at which point printing technology had just about got to a stage where it could support mass production of images in reading materials. This was made even more possible by the development of camera technology the entrance of Leica into the market which changed the ways in which photographers viewed their work. Leica had capabilities which allowed Magnum to soar into the photographic market.

Self with my Leica by carlzon

The 1930s

Pictures in magazines were thriving by the 1930s. Germany had taken over the printed materials market with more illustrated publications than any other country in the world. Things like the Berlin Illustrated Newspaper were popular - would we even need to put the word 'illustrated' or 'image' into a newspaper or publication title today? Of course not. It's a given! By the late 1930s though, magazines such as this were the most important persuasive visual medium before television hit the screens. Just like today, the papers were very firmly able to mould public opinion.


It's debatable but few will choose to do so - Magnum is known as one of the most famous photographic agencies in the world. It was founded in 1947 by Bresson, Seymour and Capa. The agency capitalised on the 35mm Leica camera producing images that largely succeeded on the capabilities of the model. Even today Magnum is a club of much to be envied photographers and only has a membership for thirty six people.

The 1950s

By the 1950s however, the boom was starting to decilne. Photo-journalism had flourished with picture magazines but slowly started to close down. Popular publications like Picture Post and Illustrated were gone by 1958 and Television had started its take over.

Good photojournalism will never cease to exist though and today the power of a single image has the ability to begin riots, create peace or do the other things in between. Today the world is full of pictures, images, photographs, incidents, accidents, emergencies, disasters... Today more risks need to be taken to get those images full of impact and awe. Occasionally we stumble across the lucky ones.. but without a doubt photojournalism and the lengths we need to go to has changed dramatically.

Source: Robert Doisneau

Valentine Heart Contest

Mon Feb 9, 2015, 12:57 PM

Valentine's day is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate than participate in this brand new
contest encouraging you to literally see hearts in anything and everything. Inspired by Drew Barrymore's recently released Photograhy
Book called Find It in Everything — this contest challenges you to look beyond the obvious and find abstract heart shapes in everyday and ordinary things.

For an example of what exactly you're looking for, read on!

I found a heart at the beginning of the year whilst browsing shop aisles for a mirror. It had an imperfection, a tiny little heart on the bottom corner, but I fell in love with it anyway. I decided to take the collage approach and use two images to showcase where and how I found my “heart.” You can do exactly the same! Or you can have a singular image that shows a heart... whatever your preference is we don't mind.

You can find your hearts literally anywhere — t-shirts, posters, abstract shapes that look like hearts, heart shaped food, confetti,
paper cutouts, logos — whatever you like. Just follow the few simple rules that we have below.


  • Entrants must be at least 13 years of old as of February 7, 2015;
  • Entrants may reside anywhere in the world;
  • The work must be created for this contest and uploaded to DeviantArt on or after February 9th, 2015;
  • The work must be photography and submitted as a single .JPG or .PNG file;
  • Photo-manipulated images or images incorporating stock will not be accepted;
  • Entrants may enter as many works as they like, however duplicate entries are not allowed;

Contest Duration

Start Date:

9th February 2015

End Date:

28th February 2015


Submit your photograph to this gallery on DeviantArt. Any incorrectly submitted deviations will be removed. You can browse entries that have already been submitted by visiting
this folder.


This will commence the day after the contest ends and the results will be released a week later through CRPhotography. Judges include Kaz-D, 3wyl and Mrs-Durden.


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

3,000 points

2,500 points

2,000 points

1 year Premium Membership

6 month Premium Membership

3 month Premium Membership

Two Honourable Mentions

3 month Premium Memberships each

Examples for Your Inspiration

DIY Photography Studio Tools

Wed Feb 4, 2015, 8:00 AM
A few people have been asking for Studio Lighting tips - whilst there are many articles online that talk about DIY lighting for smaller projects like products and food photography, there isn't much to help promote DIY studio sized lighting. Lighting set ups for portraiture can often be very costly and whilst there is no immediate do-it-yourself solution there are some low-cost ideas out there. Most of the equipment that you need for developing your Photography hobby into something more can be sourced online or in local shops. You don't have to shop at 'studio lighting' or 'backdrop shop' for the proper gear. These simple tips will hopefully help you identify things a lot closer to home and a lot cheaper.

Lights around your Home.

Creating your own studio lighting is possible on a budget. For example, those mini 'pixar' lights that we often use for smaller set ups also come in big! A regular angle-poise lamp with a black backdrop can create just the effects you need and are also the right size to allow you to photograph people and pets.


Material for backdrops is what you pay for it. You can get cheap off-cuts or over-sized bits of material from fabric shops. Often these require more maintenance in terms of ironing out the creases but to save money initially they are worth it. For those who are further interested in selecting the right backdrop, this article is very useful. You don't need to invest in a backdrop stand - you can always use a bookshelf or a generic shelf, a piece of furniture - anything that allows you to tape or attach your backdrop and let it hang smoothly. These 'backdrop clamps' are really useful and a whole box can be bought for a reasonable price or you can find them cheaply at local DIY shops.

Back drop storage can also be resolved fairly simply. It's tough to continously iron your backdrops and obsess over every tiny crease (if you use the right lighting though...creases no longer matter!) So when you've finished with your backdrop, get a disused curtain pole and roll it up tightly (but not too tight). Secure it at either end and in the middle with ribbon or string to avoid any creases from pesky elastic bands.

Flash Diffusers and DIY Tools

There are some fantastic home-made diffusers that you can easily create yourselves. Check out this flash snoot made from a Pringles Box. The estimated cost is less than £10/$8! The snoot effect makes a spotlight type focus which can draw attention to a significant element of a bigger picture.

There are also plenty of DIY videos out there that talk about general flash diffusers and how to make your own. This video in particular is a favourite of mine - very informative and very low cost.

DIY Softboxes for the smaller projects

These DIY softboxes are good for smaller projects and again deserve a mention for those who don't venture into Portrait photography but are still interested in their own studio set ups. There are many more tips and DIY hints for creating your own small studios, but that's another article altogether!

Monthly Challenge: January Winners!

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 8:00 AM
This month some fantastic efforts went into making a Cheesecake for the Monthly Bake Off - January Challenge.
It was definitely a hard choice after looking at some amazing creations but without further ado here are the winners...

1st Place Photographic Talent

1 x 6 month Premium Membership
300 Points
Cheesecake with Crumbles (+recipe) by ginkgografix
This capture by ginkgografix has been arranged to look warm and inviting and is a great take on the recipe that was the challenge for this month.

2nd Place Recipe Talent

1 x 3 month Premium Membership
Cheesecake, gluten, egg, corn, soy, nut-free by WDWParksGal
WDWParksGal adapted the cheesecake recipe perfectly to make her own gluten free, dairy free, corn free and soy free cheesecake that STILL looks amazing even without some of the core ingredients that most of us use.

You can check out all of the entries here. We'll be bringing you another challenge shortly but we're working on planning ahead for the year and have another contest coming your way courtesy of Valentines Day!

Journal Design and CSS by PreetikaSharma
Strawberrys by spanjebob89

Monthly Photography Newsletter!

Sun Feb 1, 2015, 7:00 AM
Night photography is fast becoming popular and during February at CRPhotography we'll be posting some useful articles and tutorials on how to capture the night sky without really needing too much expertise and equipment. In the news the past month, photographs of the Northern Lights have been popping up since it's one of the best time of years to capture the sensational views. Read an interview with Aurora Hunter Jim Henderson for some personal insight.
For a little humour this month, check out this article from PetaPixel which looks at a set of meme images showing what Disney Princesses would be like if they were photographers. Also on Petapixel there is a leaked Nikon press release which reveals new program advanced dslr firmware updates! And elsewhere online the Guardian photographer of the year has been announced here. Finally, we're asking you what your New Years Photography Resolutions are! Check out the full article here.

Word of the Month

Each month we feature a word that you may or may not have heard of - something that can also prove useful when you're out and about photographing bits and pieces!
Ambient Light;
I hear people talk about this a lot and it means; The available or natural light completely surrounding a subject. Light already existing in an indoor or outdoor setting that is not caused by any illumination supplied by the photographer such as an artificial light source.

Photographers of the Day

Give some love for our Photograph of the Day!

The photographers of the day that have been featured for the past month at CRPhotography are listed below. If you'd like to see yourself featured, or a friend, send us a note!

:iconmiss-bo: :iconwulfman65: :iconbibire: :iconlisans: :iconkyawolfwritten: :iconmars-hill: :iconmishkin-rayman: :iconyuricapelli: :iconfichti: :icondemi2004: :iconlesyakikh: :iconjoannarzeznikowska: :iconravenith: :iconthefirebomb: :iconnwunseen: :iconsukiluck: :iconceciliawemgard: :iconferobanjo: :icongekkolilly: :iconpaulbullenlandscapes: :iconalexgrifo: :iconcraigletourneau: :icondapicture: :iconrichardconstantinoff: :iconoro-elui: :iconmars-hill: :iconfragile-eyes-fiction: :iconniklin1:

Contests & Projects

:bulletblue: Still-Life-Stills has a regular monthly contest, head over for the themed challenge this month.
:bulletblue: Abstract-and-Surreal also has a regular monthly contest. Head over to the group to check out this months theme.
:bulletblue: CRPhotography's contest will be up and running again this month. Join the group to participate!
:bulletblue: Still-Life-Stills recipe challenge this month promises to be a tasty one... head over to the group to get involved.
:bulletblue: New Year's Contest: Your Best Photo Of 2014
:bulletblue: Hues of Nature Contest

:bulletblack: There's an interesting project mentioned here: a non violence project featured by an interesting blog about photography and made by one of our fellow deviant artists Batsceba.
:bulletblack: For Young photographers up to age 16 there's a competition being hosted by The Express alongside Wakefield College in the UK to challenge you to photograph New Beginnings. Check out the article for more information here.

:bulletblack:Guardian readers are being challenged to share their photos on specific themes each week. Check out the results for the theme Move.

:bulletblack: E-photozine are holding a competition each week for the chance to win 1 of 4 Samsung memory cards. Check it out here.

:bulletblack: Now in its 50th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography. The competition is co-owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth - the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Check it out: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer justanothersomeone

You can read an intro about Abstract Photography here with some great examples of the works too.

35mm Double Exposure by jamesmichaelreeves

Animals, Plants and Nature

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & 3wyl

There's a great interview of DeviantART Artists which can be found here by Mrs-Durden.
A gallery with some impressive wildlife shots by the photographer Marsel van Oostenshots can be found here. Also you can find an interview with wildlife photographer James Suter here

DQD by duongquocdinh

Artistic Nude

Community Volunteers Nyx-Valentine & Mrs-Durden

*Our Artistic Nude section will often contain something that's Not Safe for Work (NSWF)*
Follow this link to a site dedicated to the male nude artistic photography of Robert Mapplethorpe. An inspiration if you're looking to work with male models in particular.

Renaissance (2) by Lestrovoy


Community Volunteers Kaz-D & 3wyl

Have a look at these 50 Dramatic Conceptual Photography examples and you'll find some great examples from artists right here on DeviantART.

How To See The World by Canankk


Community Volunteers Kaz-D & 3wyl

Once again the importance of having a contract when you undertake Commercial Photography has been highlighted. PetaPixel have written a useful article covering a Wedding Photographer who is In a dispute over Album 'cover' charge. Whether you're just starting out and embarking on your first Wedding as a paid photographer or whether you've got a good handful lined up this year, consider your terms, conditions and more importantly the official contracts that your clients sign. There are some fabulous articles out there offering some tips, check out this one from Digital Photography School.


Community Volunteers Pixel-Spotlight & Mrs-Durden

A great new book has been published which focuses on William Helburn, a Fashion advertising photographer in the fifties and sixties. The article found here explores the book and highlights some of Helburn's style. You may also find 8 Steps to Arranging a Fashion Editorial Shoot useful if you're looking for some pointers.

Autumn Ophelia by AlRocksUrSocks

Glamour/Pin up:

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile

Have a read of the Pinup and Glamour CR Updates - Jan/Feb from DistortedSmile Have you ever dreamt of making glamour portraits like movie stars? Take a glance at Harcourt's studio portfolio for some inspiration. There's also a little bit of reading about a famous pin up photographer Bunny Yeager's for inspiration and a bit more here.

Vauntastic_oo7 by br53199

Horror and Macabre

Community Volunteer pullingcandy

Check out these interesting and great tutorials for photoshop users about dark and scary photo manipulation which can be found here. You'll find also here a great and very scary selection of DA artworks from the Horror and Macabre photography galleries!

She became this fog forever by invisiblemartyr


Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez

Check out DA Project Educate The Essentials of Macro Photography an article giving tips and details about this not so easy type of photography. Have a look also here to find important tips about improving your macro photography, and Brian Valentine's blog has some incredible and beautiful shots.

Butterflygarden 002 by LordGuardian

People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

Don't forget that myself and 3wyl take care of all the People and Portrait photography galleries that don't have a community volunteer looking over them. The January edition of People + Portraits Exposed - December  is out and well worth having a read to see some of the Daily Deviation suggestions received during the month! Check out Monday Munchies [32] for some more inspiration.
'CURVES' By Victoria Janashvili is an art photography book that celebrates all women's bodies and is being reviewed and raved about across the internet.

L'EVEIL DES MUSES by AnaisNovembre


Community Volunteer tanikel

The Importance of Captions in Photography is a great article highlighting a very important addition to your journalistic works. Elsewhere online, the Telegraph have interviewed high action photographer Tom Miles who has made a career out of shooting the excitement and childish joy of high action sports courtesy of his Nikon Camera. You can read all about it here.

The Photographers gallery are going to host an exhibition called 'Human Rights, Human Wrongs' and the images will focus on photo-journalism and its humanitarian context. Check out the article here for more information.

Rassemblement pour Charlie by hubert61

Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

We all know December has been a month ending with hopefully good and great food for everyone... But there are some contests being held at Still-Life-Stills to tempt you with some healthy treats. Head over to the group for next months recipe challenge. When still life photography meets food photography is a beautiful selection of fine still life food shots, it will feed your eyes... 

Le chocolat by ElinasArt


Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

The Phoblographer has looked at 10 reasons why we should all love Street photography. You can read the full article <a wytiwyg="1" href="…>here and also visit the website to subscribe to daily emails and news from the Phoblographer.<br wytiwyg="1" wytiwyg=" 1"="">:bulletblack:<a wytiwyg="1" =""="">The Street Journal: Best of December
:bulletblack:Meet the Amateur Street Photographer Taking China by Storm

There's a great article from Eric Kim's street photography blog: How to be a more mindful street photographer and an interesting interview of Richard Bram about gestures in street photography captions: Significant Gesture. Have a look at this introduction of a very promising talented french street photographer: Corinne Wargnier
And an "old" but great article with humor about Elliott Erwitt you can find here: Finding humor (and dogs) on the streets

The Invisible Man by DougNZ

Urban and Rural

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

For inspiration go and have a read this great entry about Jyoti Bhatt's rural photographs, an interesting artist with a great approach. And you'll discover some Photographs of Abandoned Places on this interesting and beautiful site based in the USA.

Ultimate by Deere

Educational Articles and Tutorials

:bulletred: projecteducate has published another hints and tips article, this time focusing on Vignetting and how to use it in your Photography. Check it out here.
:bulletred: The Phoblographer has written a great article looking at high speed flash photography - check it out here.
:bulletred: The Telegraph has written a useful article with some tips on White Balance.
:bulletred: 2-hour long workshop on posing: video
:bulletred: Location portrait by Von Wong link (and BTS video by Spiegellicht :-) )
:bulletred: How many lenses do you really need? link Her DA profile: M0THart
:bulletred: Preventing bright ears in backlighted portraits tip
:bulletred: A day in the life of a large format photographer video
:bulletred: Playing With Fire: Spinning Steel Wool Tutorial
:bulletred: Are you Dialed In on Creating Softness?
:bulletred: Winter photography: How to capture snow like a pro
:bulletred: How to Start a Photography Side Business
:bulletred: DIY macro extension tube
:bulletred: The rule of thirds of learning
:bulletred: How to shoot a Timelaps of the night sky
:bulletred: Color Grading for your photos
:bulletred: How to use a tripod

We're encouraging you to share your 'hacks' for creating cheaper DIY photography tools or capturing awesome photos with handy hints or tips. Note CRPhotography if you have a 'hack' for next month!

New Equipment and Technology

:bulletred: Are you a Lens Hoarder? Then the perfect piece of equipment has been designed just for you! They're calling it the equivalent to a 'wine rack' - for those who are as obsessed about lenses as others might be about wine, this is a great storage solution. Check it out here.
:bulletred: This time the high-megapixel DSLR from Canon might be a reality quite soon, you can read more here.
:bulletred: The Best photography books of 2014 (according to The Guardian) have been released in an article. What are your thoughts?
 :bulletred: What's a leaf shutter, and why does it matter? link
:bulletred: Tutorial on lens calibration for autofocus cameras: link
:bulletred: Adobe Lightroom Mobile for Android Phones: link
:bulletred: Lightroom 6 will only run on 64bit systems link
:bulletred: A new camera and two new lenses from Nikon
:bulletred: World first 2:1 magnification lens: Venus Optics 60mm f/2.8
:bulletred: Samyang 135mm f/2.0 announced

Forum Posts

:bulletblack: How much of good photography is editing? Who does editing here?
:bulletblack: Any Photographers had any luck selling there photos on DA?
:bulletblack: A Model Without A Photographer
:bulletblack: Fellow Models/Photographers with modelmayhem!
:bulletblack: Using FB to hire models?
:bulletblack: Photography Advice
:bulletblack: Advice for someone new to 35mm film?
:bulletblack: Any good free software?
:bulletblack: Models
:bulletblack: Is it always necessary for an image to be 'correct'?
:bulletblack: Roadtrip time lapse?
:bulletblack: Colourful Photography
:bulletblack: Watermarks
:bulletblack: Buying an external flash ,is it really important ?
:bulletblack: Moon Pictures?
:bulletblack: Tips for new Canon EOS 1200D?
Groups to Check Out!

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


Daily Deviations Week

With muchos changes to the Community Volunteer team over the past while, it's good to remind everyone of who the Photography CV team is, where to send your suggestions and a few personal things that we all look for!

General Photography

Myself and 3wyl look after General Photography which means everything within the Photography Galleries that is not currently covered by a volunteer. At present this means the following:
:bulletpink: Architecture
:bulletpink: Animals, Plants and Nature
:bulletpink: Commercial Photography (Fashion Commercial Photography goes to Mrs-Durden or Pixel-Spotlight)
:bulletpink: Conceptual
:bulletpink: Darkroom
:bulletpink: Fireworks
:bulletpink: Humorous
:bulletpink: Other
:bulletpink: People &amp; Portraits (Excluding those mentioned below!)
:bulletpink: Still Life
:bulletpink: Street
:bulletpink: Transportation
:bulletpink: Urban and Rural

3wyl and I plan our Daily Deviations carefully to ensure that we don't both give a daily deviation to the same category each day. Hopefully this gives you a nice range of Deviations to see on your front page from day to day.

We welcome self suggestions and we love descriptions. A self suggestion with a description as to why it should get a Daily Deviation is like Christmas! If you're suggesting a Daily Deviation whether it's your work, a friends or a strangers, then it would be nice to know why you like it. Here are some of our personal preferences for Daily Deviation suggestions:


  • I always look for that little something extra - not in every potential DD - but I love seeing background stories and information. The history behind the image is often very important.
  • I absolutely like seeing improvement! Often a DD will be suggested but I'll find something much more recent and often improved in the artists gallery that will be chosen instead.


  • Concept: The original the better! There should be some kind of message and/or story within the piece itself that gives it meaning. If a concept isn't that original, that's fine too! Just so long that thought has been put into the piece.
  • Execution: Execution is probably even more important than concept, especially as there are so many great pieces with awesome concepts, but the execution just lets the whole piece down. What do I mean by execution? Mostly the technicalities of the photograph, including depth of field, composition, framing...basically overall quality of the piece regarding its photographic value. A lot of the time the execution is too simplistic, which is a shame when the concept is there.
  • The 'Wow' Factor: Difficult to describe, and not something that you can easily pin down, but if there is something about the piece that immediately makes you go 'Wow', then there's a good possibility it's Daily Deviation material. This 'Wow' factor can take the form of anything because the main function of such a factor is that it blows you away.

Abstract And Surreal Photography

Your dedicated Community Volunteer for this area is justanothersomeone. Direct your Daily Deviations to him! His guidelines can be found on his front page in the 'Suggest a DD' widget.


  • Vision or Concept: Does the piece have a clear idea that has been thought out and pursued to completion. This doesn't mean it has to have an elaborate narrative or complex theory. I just look to see if the piece makes a statement, whether stylistically, formally, or conceptually.
  • Cohesiveness: Are all of the elements working together? Various elements could include but are not limited to; Aspect ratio, title, editing, use of color, negative verse positive space.
  • Dialogue: This goes back to what the first point was speaking to. This is the most important thing I look for. Does the piece bring something to the community dialogue? Is there a rare or non-traditional technique being used? Does it approach a common subject matter in an uncommon way? Does it add to the existing dialogue about a particular style or group of artists?

Artistic Nude Photography

You get a fabulous choice here with two CVs to send your suggestions to. You can either note Mrs-Durden or Nyx-Valentine with your Daily Deviation proposals. Nyx-Valentine's guidelines are on her front page and Mrs-Durden's are here.


  • "I look for creativity, emotion, and quality. Art nude is a gallery where standing out from the crowd is important, I only feature photos that demonstrate creativity in a sense, and that somehow bring emotion to the viewer and perhaps tells a story."

Fashion Photography

Two CVs cover this area as well so you can send your suggestions to Pixel-Spotlight whose guidelines are here or Mrs-Durden whose guidelines are here.


  • "There needs to be obvious intent to highlight an outfit, accessories, or makeup and/or overall styling. Photos need to both highlight these things in a way that is either representative of the fashion industry, or that is impressive enough to stand out, and the composition and execution of the shot is important as well. The scenery/environment of the shot should make sense with the 'fashion' being portrayed and should add to it as well."

Fetish Photography

This is taken care of by Nyx-Valentine - again you can find her guidelines on her front page.

Horror/Macabre Photography and Cosplay

All of the above are overlooked by pullingcandy. Cosplay is located within the People &amp; Portrait Photography Galleries. You can find all of Kay's suggestion information on her front page.


  • When I look at a deviation to potentially DD, I check the composition first and foremost. It's very important to have all your ducks in a row when it comes to a photographs visual elements.
  • Quality. Absolutely. I try so hard to maintain the same standard for my future choices as I have for my past choices. The quality of the photograph being presented is very important.

    For cosplay I look for full body costumes to feature. It is very rare that I will feature a cosplay portrait unless it strikes me as being as impactful as a full body shot. I like to shot the detail that the cosplayer and photographer have put in to their work.
  • Lastly, I check sources and credits. I know this might not be the usual answer, but it's very important to make sure that the deviant isn't just shooting some random person at a convention, or that they're actually the model, etc. It's important to give credit where it is due, and I've avoided many times where I have almost featured a stolen piece of work by doing so.

Macro Photography

MarcosRodriguez overlooks Macro Photography so send your suggestions his way! His guidelines are located on his front page.


  • I usually look for something eye-catching, a picture that really gets my attention and that makes me wonder, How on earth did they managed to do this photo?
  • I use to look at past DDs of the suggested deviant just to be sure that the picture I'm about to feature is not too similar to those past DDs. I've declined gorgeous works for that, it's nonsense that a deviant get a lot of DDs for pictures with exactly the same subject.
  • I like to find original macros from uncommonly photographed subjects, you never now how interesting everyday stuff is till you get very close to them.


This is taken care of by tanikel. Her Daily Deviation guidelines are on her front page and her recent article What IS Photojournalism will prove very useful with suggesting deviations!


  • Is it really PJ?  Some categories are super easy to recognize (like sports, riots, etc) while others fall into a more gray area.  PJ works are composed in a way that tells a story (think: newsworthy) and are not posed.  I refer people to my "What IS Photojournalism?" if they have any questions.
  • Caption information.  It's not necessary, but very strongly recommended.  The information doesn't have to be written according to the AP Styleguide, but basic information (who, what, where, when, why; or even a basic description of what's going on in the image) in the artist's comments makes me super happy.  I'm more inclined to choose an image with information than one without. 
  • Technical correctness - proper exposure, focus on the necessary areas, minimal editing.  I'm more lenient on image editing on here - as long as elements aren't cut-and-pasted, sepia, or incredibly saturated, I'm okay with it. 
  • Make sure the deviant that uploaded the photo is the person who took the photo. Do a reverse image search on google or Tineye. I want to feature photographers for THEIR talents, not someone else's.

Pinup and Glamour Photography

This is looked after by DistortedSmile and her Daily Deviation Guidelines are found in a widget in the Journal area.


For an up to date list of the communityrelations team and who covers which area all you need to do is keep an eye on this blog. As of right now, here are the Community Volunteers for all the different galleries - along with their Daily Deviation suggestion guidelines! Many of us now keep our Daily Deviation guidelines on our front pages (profile pages) so below there will be some links that take you straight to the CVs page - search hard! Most of us have little tweaks in our guidelines that make us slightly unique so don't be alarmed! If in doubt, just ask and always send your suggestion. We don't bite and will help you direct it to the right place if needs be!

Community Relations - The Team!

Anime & Manga
Community Volunteer: cinyu
DD Suggestion Guidelines

Community Volunteer: KovoWolf

Artisan Crafts
Community Volunteers: Brookette and cakecrumbs
Guidelines for Brookette & Cakecrumbs

Body Art & Modification
Community Volunteer: Exillior
Knowing me as a volunteer...

Cartoons and Comics
Community Volunteer: puddlefisher

Community Volunteer: pullingcandy
Updated DD Suggestion Guidelines

Customization Emoticons
Community Volunteer: Waluigi-Prower

Customization Wallpaper
Community Volunteer: TehAngelsCry
When suggesting a DD

Designs and Interfaces
Community Volunteer: pica-ae
Daily Deviation Guidelines

Digital Art
Community Volunteers: Aeirmid & diphylla
Guidelines from Aeirmid & Diphylla.

Fractal Art
Community Volunteer: C-91

Community Volunteer: AbbeyMarie

Pixel Art
Community Volunteer: Lyricanna

Vector and Vexel
Community Volunteer: diphylla
Daily Deviation Guidelines 2.0

Fan Art
Community Volunteers: TheCreativeJenn and Lyricanna
Guidelines from Thecreativejenn & Lyricanna

Fan Fiction
Community Volunteer: SingingFlames

Film & Animation
Community Volunteers: kingmancheng and TimberClipse
Guidelines from Kingmancheng & Timberclipse.

Community Volunteers: ShadowedAcolyte, IrrevocableFate, GrimFace242 and SingingFlames
Guidelines from Shadowedacolyte, Irrevocablefate, Grimface242, and Singingflames.

Abstract and Surreal
Community Volunteer: justanothersomeone

Artistic Nude & Fetish
Community Volunteer: Nyx-Valentine & Mrs-Durden
Guidelines from Nyx-valentine and mrs-durden.

Community Volunteers: Pixel-Spotlight & Mrs-Durden.
Changes to DDs and Check out Mrs-Durden's guidelines here.

Community Volunteers: Kaz-D and 3wyl
Guidelines from Kaz-D and 3wyl.

Community Volunteer: pullingcandy
Updated DD Suggestion Guidelines

Community Volunteer: MarcosRodriguez

Community Volunteer: tanikel

Pin Up & Glamour
Community Volunteer: DistortedSmile
November Pinup and Glamour DDs

Resources and Stock
Community Volunteers: CelticStrm-Stock, PirateLotus-Stock and Elandria
Guidelines from celticstrm-stock, Piratelotus-stock and Elandria.

Space and Sci-Fi
Community Volunteer: cinyu
DD Suggestion Guidelines

Text and Typography
Community Volunteer: pica-ae
Daily Deviation Guidelines

Traditional Art
Community Volunteers: jenthestrawberry, Agaave and STelari
Guidelines from jenthestrawberry, Agaave and stelari

Urbex - Planes

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 12:00 AM

Jaunted have named Iceland as being the top travel destination of 2014 - primarily because of the volcano issues they were having a few months back but also because of the Abandoned DC-3 wreck which can be found on Iceland's south coast. It's fast becoming a popular landmark for Urban Explorers - one of our very own Deviants being amongst them. Check out the below taken by sonickingscrewdriver in June 2014.

Abandoned DC-3 Airplane by sonickingscrewdriver

Planes are a very hot topic right now - with so many aviation 'disasters' occurring throughout 2014 many Urban Explorers are wondering whether they will inadvertently stumble across something in months or years to come within the countries or even seas concerned. In slightly unrelated news, there is a video that has gone viral called Postcards from Pripyat which is one of the first aerial footage videos showcasing the abandoned mysteries of Chernobyl.

Abandoned DC-3 Airplane II by sonickingscrewdriver
Lost Boeing 10 by Bestarns
Urbex Plane I by DimitriKING
Porthole by MOxCUrbex Plane III by DimitriKING
Waiting for Plane Tickets by Lady-Schnaps
Inside the plane by MOxC
Plane #1 by MOxC
Urban Exploration is the exploration of man-made structures which consist (usually) of abandoned ruins or not usually seen components of the man-made environment. 'Urbex' as it's more commonly known is becoming popular online with the sharing of images and video footage taken from various abandoned places. We have our very own Urbex Community on DeviantART which can be found here. If you would like to see a particular 'Urbex' capture on the Daily Deviations page then just send your suggestion via note to either Kaz-D or 3wyl. Remember that Urban Exploration carries its own risks, if you are considering undertaking it within your country check on any rules surrounding photography and be sure you are aware of things that you can be prosecuted for!

Nom Nom 82 - Salmon

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 10:00 AM


Salmon, although not my favourite at all, is a really popular dish and can be made into some creative things! Thanks to Gryffgirl for the suggestion this month. You can suggest a nom that you'd like to see featured next time - just send me a note!

Nom it Yourself!

This one is courtesy of Jamie Oliver and LOOKS so tasty - I can't vouch for the taste since I'm not a fish fan, but I do occasionally have a fish cake here or there if made properly. Check out the recipe below (it's a lengthy one this month!)
Ingredients :
-sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
-50 g fresh or frozen peas
-600 g potatoes
-½ a bunch of fresh chives
-2 x 180g tins of quality salmon
-1 lemon
-1 tablespoon plain flour, plus extra for dusting
-1 large free-range egg
-olive oil

1. Fill a large saucepan with cold water and add a tiny pinch of salt.
2. Place on a high heat and bring to the boil. Meanwhile…
3. If using fresh peas, pod them into a bowl, then leave to one side.
4. Use a Y-shaped peeler to peel the potatoes, then chop into 1cm chunks on a chopping board.
5. Once the water is boiling, carefully add the potatoes, bring back to the boil, then turn the heat down to medium and simmer gently for around 10 minutes, or until cooked through, adding the peas for the last 2 minutes. Meanwhile…
6. Finely chop the chives and add them to a mixing bowl.
7. Drain the salmon in a sieve over the sink .
8. Add the salmon to the bowl, using a fork to flake it into small chunks.
9. Once cooked, drain the potatoes and peas in a colander over the sink then leave them to cool completely. Meanwhile…
10. Use a microplane to finely grate the lemon zest, then add it to the bowl along with the flour.
11. Crack in the egg and season with a tiny pinch of pepper.
12. Once cool, tip the potatoes and peas back into the pan and use a potato masher to mash them really well.
13. Add the mash to the bowl, then mix together until really well combined.
14. Sprinkle a little flour over a clean work surface and onto a large plate.
15. Divide the mixture into 8 and use your hands to pat and shape each ball into a fishcake, roughly 2cm thick.
16. Place them onto the floured plate, dusting your hands and the top of each fish cake lightly with flour as you go.
17. Place a large frying pan on a medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
18. Carefully place the fishcakes into the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until crisp and golden, turning carefully with a fish slice.
19. Cut the zested lemon into wedges.
20. Serve the fishcakes with some seasonal green veg or a fresh green salad and lemon wedges for squeezing over.
Read more at…

Salmon Salad by AerohanaSalmon cakes by foodfortots

Homemade Seafood Sushi by theresahelmerRoast Tasmanian Salmon by anti00gravity
Salmon Crunchy Roll by KuroDot
Quiche with salmon and broccoli by MirageGourmandRoast Tasmanian Salmon by anti00gravitySalmon Crunchy Roll by KuroDotSpaghetti with salmon and creamy cheese sauce by MirageGourmandsalmon with thyme by CyberVelvet
Canape wtih smoked salmon by CJacobssonFoto
Salmon Salad by KuroDotsalmon by ScreamSupremeSlowfried salmon with asparagus and a creamy pasta by CJacobssonFoto

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.| Nom Nom 81 - Brie

Another year has begun and many of us are seeking ways to refresh our artistic-ness and empower ourselves to create. What better way to start that process than by making some New Years Resolutions for our photography - and sticking with them! Do you have a New Years Resolution related to photography? Here are some ideas to get you started...

Let other people critique you and don't bit their heads off when they say something that you disagree with.

The first time I opened up my photography for critique here on DeviantART, I was disgusted when someone gave me some feedback. (I was young, it was years ago, forgive me!) I was expecting praise and nothing but praise. A critique is about telling me how awesome I am, how fantastic my photography is and how I couldn't possibly improve in all the years to come... right? Wrong. Too often I've been sat in on Critique nights in the DeviantART chatrooms and see people sitting there with their work, waiting for some words to be flung their way and then becoming defensive and sullen when something that isn't perfect is brought up. You meant to include that blur didn't you? That over-exposure was deliberate wasn't it? The slightly wonky off centre focus of the whole image is Artz right? Sometimes. But in order to learn, to improve, to move on and to keep creating and changing we have to let other people in on the situation. By the way, asking your Mum, Grandma, pet dog or 4 year old sibling for critique doesn't count. They're all biased, even the dog.

The Photographer by lukeroberts

Don't have Equipment Envy

Freud theorized Penis envy years and years ago and we basically develop almost exactly the same thing about our Photography equipment except it doesn't involve our parents, genitals or envy of our father figures. (Hopefully). If it does then perhaps you need to seek a different kind of article (and help). Don't let your gear drag you down. Too often, especially lately with the festive season and so many events going on, I've heard people telling me or their friends that they could too take the kind of Photographs that I've taken if they had the camera. I have bit back the urge to thrust my camera in their hands and take them up on the challenge, soon I'll do it I swear. But it's not all about the gear and we know it. We work hard to learn our cameras, to adapt to them, to instruct them and to get the best out of them - but we will only ever get what we put in. Stop blaming your equipment and start learning how to use what you have. I'm the worst person for this, constantly shooting on Auto and hoping that Photoshop will pick up my flaws...

Mr. Photographer by anjelicek

Get Organised!

I recently finished completing the 365 photo-a-day challenge for the second time. I spent the whole of New Years Eve sorting and filing my photographs from the year (i know how to live, I swear). If you have a system as you go along and you make the use of tags, titles, folders and indexing then you won't have that problem. Equally if you're doing something big like the 365 challenge you're bound to be creating a huge stockpile of stock images for the future, having them organised and ready to hand if somebody asks for something or you need something is a great process to work by. Sort your batteries, clear your memory cards and empty the fluff out of your camera bag.

Photographer by thibanphoto

Meet other photographers!

Don't be insular about your photography. It's good to get to know the competition if you're into it commercially, and it's good to mix with others to pick up some hints and tips and share your own. If you're just starting out don't be afraid of the old timers, and if you're an old timer be nice to the young 'uns. It doesn't hurt to do a bit of networking and meet some friends along the way.

Take on a challenge

Consider taking up a challenge this year. It's not too late to start the 365 photography challenge which can be picked up at any point during the year. Alternatively if that's too much consider the 52 week photography challenge. Head over to CRPhotography where we're launching a 52 week photo challenge to keep you going and get you inspired creatively. Check out deviant365 where there are prompts and challenges regularly. Make a list of the things you want to shoot this year. Is your goal to get your photos into a newspaper? Start locally and get out there when events are happening as your local newspaper can't cover everything. Is your goal to sell a print? Start researchign printing prices and find creative ways to advertise your work.

photographer. by dmitrakova

Put your lens caps on

Okay so this is a personal one which I promised myself I would do two years ago - and still didn't. However with a completely new set of gear I really need to carry this one out and I bet there are others out there who are just in too much of a rush to treat their gear properly. Go on, cap your lenses!

Danbo with lens cap 01 by pixelkarton