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Six tools for Product Photography

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 9:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

Artists Tools

1) Seamless Background Paper

This is great for getting those blemish and crease free backgrounds to put your products up against. The papers are non-reflective, you can get it in a huge variety of colours, and they save you the hassle of ironing fabric backdrops especially if you just want a plain block colour look. You can find it on amazon in the USA here.

Earth, fire, water, air by Joffi

2) Seamless background curve

This is a luxury - probably something to invest in if you're really branching out into Commercial photography and making some money from it! But it's also a genius idea and gives you much more opportunity - more than you would get with a light box or tent. The 90 degree angle allows you to shoot at a wider range with a seamless finish. You can also find that on Amazon if in the USA here.

Toaster by one-shot-below

3) Homemade light boxes

There's nothing like a bit of DIY and I'm always an advocate of creating something yourself if you can rather than buy it. Photography is an expensive hobby and an even more expensive career path so if there are little photo-hacks we can make along the way then why not! Check out this tutorial for making your own lightbox.

DIY Photo Light Box Setup by Azmal

4) Olloclip

People are starting to rave about this tool that launched as a kickstarter project. I was curious when I got my first iPhone and invested in those cheap little 'stick on' lenses that everyone said would take amazing photos. They didn't. But the Olloclip seems to be well thought out, professional and a great solution if you haven't got a DSLR but need some decent product photos. You can find out more about the various lenses available here.

5) Free Presets

There is a fantastic website that offers free Presets for Lightroom saving you a lot of time and often, money. You can check it out here. They are also doing Project 365 - a preset for free everyday throughout the year. It's definitely a site to bookmark.

6) Online Background removal

There are sites out there that will remove backgrounds for you - for a very small fee as well. If you're not happy with the background you have and you need something more seamless you can try places like Remove the background who promise to turn around within 24 hours.

Artists Tools Week - The Schedule!

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 11:14 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

Artists Tools

This week we have  another huge range of articles exploring Artists Tools and giving you an insight into some of the tools of the trade. We have articles looking at:

:bulletblue: DIY Photography Equipment
:bulletblue: Commercial Photography Tools
:bulletblue: Photoshop Tools
:bulletblue: Traditional Art Tools
:bulletblue: Resin Casting
:bulletblue: Tips for blending with markers
:bulletblue: Tools for making a pattern
:bulletblue: Tools for anyone to write a novel
:bulletblue: Prompt Tools
:bulletblue: Tools for making tutorials
:bulletblue: Tools for finding the forums

This weeks contributors include MarcoEmma, Mrs-Durden, ParadisiacPicture, Tudalia, George-B-Art, Xadrea, Khallandra, and RogueMudblood. Huge thanks go to this weeks editors JenFruzz and Mrs-Durden. If you want to find out more about projecteducate and how you can get involved just check out this article.

To Last a Lifetime

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 26, 2015, 9:06 AM
Firstly, I wanted to say thank you to everyone for the Birthday wishes. I barely have had time to be on DeviantArt longer than it takes me to do various bits and pieces needed but I did read through the lovely comments & notes and appreciate every single one.

I've learned more this year than I've ever learned in any previous year before now. I've developed a knowledge about what is important in life, and what actually can just be let go. I exhausted myself once I moved into a house with my partner, I exhausted myself fighting every tiny battle I could to get everything right. When you buy a brand new home you get a brand new shiny warranty with it and limited time to battle it out to get everything fixed and just right. A lot of my time an energy until Christmas went into this. Then everything changed.

The day after Boxing Day, my Grandad got out of bed and fell over. At first we thought that it would just be another one of his falls - enough to shake his confidence, but he'd be fine. We were wrong. By the early evening we were waiting outside A & E, the family trickling in bit by bit, because he had a bleed on his brain. The weeks and months that would follow have become a blur but I wrote about some of my frustrations  here and some of my elations here. My Grandad remained in hospital until Friday just gone when after an extremely long battle and a lot of insider knowledge of the 'system' we were able to get an agreement for him to be moved to Rehab (in the same town as us - he's finally 'home.')

Seeing how my Grandad was treated, and seeing the results we got only because we pushed hard for them made me feel sorry for all the people left in the ward who didn't have family fighting for them. I am not exaggerating. In that hospital, people of a certain age were left to die. They were not offered drink, they were not fed. If they were asleep when the meal came round, it was taken away. If they couldn't feed themselves, they were half heartedly given five minutes of a nurses time. There are more things that happened, which I can't talk about.

Rehab - it's only been two days but already my Grandad is feeding himself, using a cup himself and starting to support himself. Things the doctors and nurses told us would never happen. My Grandad walked into that hospital on 27th December - he likely will never walk again. How is that right?

During the past two weeks however, my Mother ended up in hospital. Together we were battling a chest infection/cold type thing and hers was made worse by her drive to continue visiting my Grandad, driving there, supporting my Grandma and everything else. She had to be hospitalised when her breathing began to struggle, which again put a strain on us seeing as she was in the same hospital as my Grandad and we now had two people to keep an eye on to ensure they were treated properly. She wasn't. She was so desperate to get away from there that she insisted on discharging herself. The recovery has been slow, but gradually she's getting there.

In the meantime my Grandma has just had her pre-op for a procedure she will need to have next Friday. My partners sister who is a similar age to me, has just had a cancerous lump removed and is waiting to find out where else the cancer might be in her body. At work, people have asked me how I'm still standing and I honestly can't tell them. I don't know. Work is keeping me going though, working in the care sector is such a help at this time and it's probably the best job I think I've ever had.

Despite everything, we're taking time to be a family. We've learned how to convert old traditions like meals out together, into new traditions which usually mean we crowd around Grandad's hospital bed. We're planning on taking him fish and chips tomorrow, something he absolutely used to adore and he's really excited about it. I didn't think I could ever live without my Grandad, he means so much to me, and when I look back now at the ways in which he has slowly been taken away from us and replaced with different versions, I realise that perhaps this is what we as a family needed. We could have lost him on the 27th December last year. Instead, we still have his smile, his humour, his voice (which is gradually making sense again) and him. He still knows who we are, he can just about feed himself after months of not being able to at all. We're making do with what we've been given and I never would have thought it would be enough, but my God it is and for as long as it can continue, it will.

I will say this though. I'm a Care Manager day to day and that involves assessing people in their homes, to establish what can be put in as early intervention or prevention for needing a care package/care home or something else life-changing. I'm trained to look at what can be a hazard to trips and falls, at what could be put in to make people's lives easier. I'm trained to look for carer breakdown, where a husband or wife can no longer continue to care for their loved one or who is at risk of struggling. Please look at your relatives, in particular your elderly relatives. Falls can be avoided. I'm not saying that every single fall can be prevented, my Grandad's couldn't and ultimately people want to live the way they live. More education about what you can do in a person's house to help them is needed and I'm so so passionate about this topic.


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Calendar and Info!

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

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

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

Community Weeks

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

Artists Tools

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

Art History

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

Art in the Professions

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

Hints & Tips

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

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

Project Educate - The Schedule of Weeks!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 27th - August 2nd
Traditional Art with Agaave

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

Meet Twindisch

Mon Apr 13, 2015, 10:00 AM
Meet twindisch (Thomas) a photographer based in Graz, Austria. Thomas explores many of his countries hidden and often neglected landscapes and buildings and is fast becoming well-known for his Urbex (Urban Exploration) Photography.
You can find Thomas on DeviantArt, Facebook, Flickr or his website. Thomas has been on DeviantArt for three years but has only in recent months become more active on the site.

:~ flour selfie ~ by twindisch

The Beginning...

I started Photography about 2 years ago on my 30th birthday because I thought I was now old enough to value photography itself. So I bought a starter camera with kit lens and gave it a go.

I soon got into urbex photography because I always liked to explore something new and understand how things work. I have to admit, that I´m at least as interested in how these buildings were used and the things left behind as in the buildings itself. It´s pretty awesome to see for example a fully equipped production hall of an abandoned paper factory and understand how paper was produced there. Nowadays you can´t just go to a factory like “Hey, I´m interested in what you´re doing, can you show me around and tell me how it works?” Well you can, but they won´t let you because you might see things you should not see or they fear industrial espionage.
And of course decay and nature taking most of these buildings back, adds a bit of a surreal and mystic touch to the locations which makes them unique and even more interesting.

The Gear

:bulletblack: Canon EOS 5D Mark III; Lens: EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM (because it’s the sharpest wide angle lens currently available, especially in the border areas)
:bulletblack: EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM for details.
:bulletblack: And of course a reliable Manfrotto tripod.

Your gallery features an amazing collection or Urban Exploration captures, what tips do you have for photographers looking to capture abandoned places like you have?

As the places often have great differences in brightness, I take most of the shots as an AEB (7 images, up to +/- 6 f-stops) on a tripod, and merge them to a HDR in postprocessing. I also shoot the brackets in live view to minimize the vibrations in the camera. I always try to keep the mood of light and if that doesn´t work, I pick a single shot.

As urban exploring as a hobby gets more and more popular these days, I want to take the chance and write a few lines about risks and safety. I know of some people who suffered serious injuries while exploring abandoned places, one of them even died. And I saw so many daredevils on my tours you wouldn´t believe.
The risks are very specific and depend on the locations you visit. I always do risk assessments and prepare accordingly in advance, but just to give you an idea: Places in urban territory, for example hotels or houses, are often mould-infested, contain asbestos or dove droppings with resistant bacteria and parts of the buildings may collapse over or under you. On industrial sites you may come across various toxic substances. While exploring underground bunkers or mines you may lose communication with the outside world, encounter mine gas or just become lost. When doing abandoned locations in the balkan states countryside, I always stay on concrete or beaten paths (there are still some active minefield leftovers from the war, especially around former military locations and border areas) and watch out for snakes, spiders and bears.

~ sundown at the orient express ~ by twindisch

Do you have specific safety tips for people out exploring?

- Never go alone and make sure a 3rd person not on the tour knows where you are. Agree on reporting points and if missed which further actions should be taken.
- Do research and a risk assessment on every location you visit and prepare accordingly. Think of risks "normal" people don´t think of, for example poisonous insects or animals, hazardous substances and things like that.
- Test and build up trust in your equipment before a tour. Always have first aid with you and don´t save money on safety gear like glow sticks, triple batteries or communication.
- Dress and equip appropriate. I´ve seen people exploring large underground bunker complexes in shorts and flip-flops with a cellphone display as only light source.
- Trust your gut instincts. If you have a bad feeling leave and come back another day.

This photograph below is so emotive - What's the history behind this capture?

~ sold out ~ by twindisch

The shot was taken in an abandoned asylum in Italy. Beside quarters and medical facilities, they had a small church and even this theatre there: The theatre of decay. There are some really emotive places out there; Just to mention 3: Chateau Lumiere has a unique light setting due to its architecture - we arrived in the dark and left 3 hours after sunrise. It was just incredible.

~ Chateau Lumiere Atrium ~ by twindisch
~ take a seat ~ by twindisch

Dr. Rossetti´s asylum in Italy gave me some heartattacks Sweating a little... A huge location which sets could be taken from any good horror movie, long overgrown hallways, dead silence, a door slams in the wind and stuff like that. And Noah´s Ark (below) was just impressive, standing in front of such a big ship, just wow.

~ naval architecture ~ by twindisch

Does the area that you live in offer much chance for exploring abandoned places or do you have to travel further afield?

I would say in a 100 mile radius around my hometown I´ve explored almost everything worth to see. In 2014 I spent 5 weeks visiting over a hundred locations in 8 different countries and did about ~12.500 miles on the road. Except for the number of countries, I´ll most likely double that in 2015.

~ insomnia ~ by twindisch

Do you ever get caught out exploring places that you shouldn't?

I´ve been “lucky” so far, only happened to me once in Italy – The guy shouted at us to leave, otherwise he would let his dogs after us. But we had some awkward situations on different locations with copperthieves, aggressive masked teenagers, former prisoners or a local biker gang dealing with drugs in the perimeter. They really didn´t want us there especially not with a camera.

~ welcome to the jungle ~ by twindisch

Not only have you photographed abandoned places as they look right now, but you've also got creative in some of them. How did you achieve this shot?

~ powerwoman ~ by twindisch

First my friends and me placed a few hundred tealights to light up the tunnel. Anne, our “model”, had to stand still for 30 seconds and Christoph was light painting with sparklers around her while I operated our cameras. We made a few different shots there.

This shot below is just incredible, it looks like a posh 'active' hotel - but it's abandoned. What is the strangest or most amazing thing you've found on your travels?

~ silver swan ~ by twindisch

Well it´s hard to say, i come across so many fascinating but also weird things. For example a handcrafted leather book with b/w wedding portraits from the early ages of photography. I also found journals of people who got arrested (and worse) because of their political attitude, patient files and x-rays, hand-drawn porn books from the 60´s or shotgun shells. I even found a single human lower leg bone. But if I got to pick an interesting-looking one, its definitely this washbasin...

~ source of life ~ by twindisch

Nom Nom 84 - Easter

Thu Apr 9, 2015, 9:00 AM

Easter Biscuits

These are traditionally made on Easter Sunday and given as a gift - they're light, fruity and spiced with a lovely flavour and tasty crunch.


  • 200g McDougalls Plain Flour (Americans, you may not have McDougalls - it doesn't matter!)
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 1 medium egg, separated
  • 50g currants
  • 2 Tbsp warm milk
  • Pinch saffron (optional, mixed with milk)
  • Caster sugar, to dredge


  1. Preheat oven to fan 180°C, conventional 200°C, gas 6.
  2. Grease two baking trays.
  3. Sift the flour, salt and spice into a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Using an electric whisk, cream sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk.
  5. Fold in the flour, salt and spice, currants, milk and saffron if adding, to form a fairly soft dough.
  6. Knead lightly on a floured surface and roll out thinly.
  7. Using a 7.5cm fluted round cutter, cut into rounds rerolling where necessary.
  8. Place onto baking trays and bake for 8 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven, brush with remaining egg white, sprinkle over sugar and bake for a further 3 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Cool on a wire rack. 

Easter Biscuits by claremanson
Ultimate Easter Cupcakes by Cailleanne
Easter Cake by Caro51092
Baby Chick Cupcakes by theresahelmerMini Egg Cake Bites by claremanson
Easter gingerbread by PaSt1978
Happy Easter by Ana-D
Easter eggs by kupenska

Mini Finger Cakes (w/ Simple Instructions) by theresahelmer
Easter Egg Nest Cake by claremanson
Easter Cake Pop by Deathbypuddle
Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns by claremanson
Happy Easter by ieatSTARS
Easter Cupcakes by Deathbypuddleeaster. by magnesina

Happy Easter! by Obsessed-by
Easter Lemon Jello Dessert by theresahelmer
Easter Dinosaur Egg Cookies by claremanson

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 | Nom Nom 82 - Salmon| Nom Nom 83 - Salami.

Get your Tools out!

Wed Apr 8, 2015, 10:52 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

Artists Tools

projecteducate is looking for contributors for the next Artists Tools week! Due to the success of the recent week that just literally finished - we've got another one lined up with lots more useful articles exploring various Art tools and sharing tips and tutorials on how to use them. Why not talk about your favourite tool of the trade? We can help you structure your article if needed and have lots of guidelines for how everything works. If you're interested then note projecteducate with your idea and we'll talk! For ideas and to see what has been previously written visit this gallery.

Artists Tools Week - 27th April 2015 - 3rd May 2015.

Artists Tools - The Roundup

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 10:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

Artists Tools

There has been something for everyone during this latest Artists Tools week - huge thanks go to everyone who was involved in writing some pretty amazing articles. Before we round up - due to the success of this week we have another scheduled for April 27th - May 3rd 2015. If you want to get involved and write an article about your favourite Artists Tools then please note projecteducate with your idea. The deadline for drafts is April 20th 2015! Without further ado here is the roundup from last week...


Photography Newsletter

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 6:00 AM
One of the categories that has been highlighted in the theme of the month is Darkroom. There are many ways these days that Darkroom Photography can be made. But from Analog to Digital Photography the processes which involved are endless. Check out the basics and the fun you can get with a pinhole camera. You'll find in the tutorial section of this newsletter, some links which may be useful in creating it. Stefan Bucher, a great photographer provides some fascinating examples about this type of photography.

The other topic for discussion this month is Categories. How do you consider categories for photography when submitting your work to DA? Have you ever stopped to think about whether you are categorizing your work properly and gaining it the maximum exposure? Do you often run into the problem of having your work fit into more than one category? When Community Volunteers select works for Daily Deviations they have to check the category and if your work is incorrectly placed you may lose out...

Kamrette have released something they are calling the first leather camera bag. What do you think? Check it out here. Is it a sensible solution that you would splash out for or just a glorified handbag? (Purse to you Americans..)

Word of the Month

Exposure simply refers to the amount of light recorded on the film or sensor.
It is all related to ISO setting and aperture setting. When dealing properly with these two parameters, you will find you are on your way to take great photos consistently.

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!

:iconherculanum: :iconkristynakvapilova: :iconmichalobrzut: :iconwizardhat: :iconhorstschmier: :iconandy-j-s: :icondunvael: :icong-p-photography: :iconsarahredhead: :icondreaervin: :iconalexandrucrisan: :icon60india: :icontwindisch: :iconrhcheng: :iconstrych9ine: :iconalicenatalie: :iconmiobi: :iconezkilzon: :iconericseye: :iconcsyyt: :iconoaykee: :iconlain-awakeatnight: :iconanchorup: :iconyorkshiresam: :iconart0fck: :iconbr53199: :iconkparks: :iconporbital: :iconannamazur:

Contests & Projects

General Photography News

We said farewell to 3wyl at the beginning of March as she stepped down after three years of being awesome on the Community Volunteer team. If you haven't already, drop by her page and show her some love - she's still around as well in her groups including CRPhotography!

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 and meet the photographers that they explore...

Mrs-Durden has also started a new article series in which she highlights the Daily Deviation suggestions that she does not feature, into a comprehensive article including both the photographs and their suggestors! Check it out here!

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer justanothersomeone

Walking on Windows by TylerFortierPhoto

There has been lots of awesome news this month focusing on Abstract and Surreal photography. Check out Abstract and Surreal Spotlight Vol. 67 and the Nature-Abstracted : February Selection, 2015. Also don't forget to browse MarinaCoric's Light Hunters Feature #106. There's also an article which will show how you can become Obsessed with Elle Moss.
And if you don't know about him check out Stefan Gerrits and you'll discover some great natural abstract photos.

Animals, Plants and Nature

Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-Durden

After our eyes, as photographers our second most important body part is our hands. this article gives you some tips for keeping warm on cold days and isn't just for the nature photographers (but we are bound to be the coldest of them all!) One of the most useful things that I have is a tripod with 'leg warmers.' It's much nicer to grip when it's cold! (Leg warmers made from carbon fibre material).

Bison 03 by Lenore49

Artistic Nude

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine

*Our Artistic Nude section will often contain something that's Not Safe for Work (NSFW)* There has been a lovely feature shared lately by ZephyraMilie check it out -> Artistic Nude Feature #3. Elsewhere online, 20 Korean Men show how artistic nude photography can be. And here you can find an Unusual exhibition with Milo Moire..

Dreaming by Anthony25v


Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-Durden

silber-englein is relaunching a popular Conceptual Photography group the-mirror-club - and is looking for members and people to join the admin team. Check out the journal - Conceptual Photography Community. MarinaCoric has released another feature Conceptual Spotlight Vol. 122. Elsewhere online check out this Series of articles about Conceptual Photography. And finally, check out Conceptual Madness #3.
The Keeper of Fairytales by parvanaphotography


Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-Durden

Schnitzelyne has released another feature - Darkroom Feature - 4 which showcases some wonderful works. And PsycheAnamnesis has put together a feature as well which is very inspiring... prohibited conversations in the darkroom. You will likely be amazed when you look at Diane Gabriel's Website showing amazing and beautiful Darkroom photography.
Lady Bay Sun Passage by heeeeman


Community Volunteer Pixel-Spotlight

Mrs-Durden has published her latest edition of Fashion Makes the World go Round in which amazing fashion photography and news have been featured. Check it out here.

Autumn Ophelia by AlRocksUrSocks

Pin Up & Glamour

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile

The LUSH! Articles focus on some beautiful features from the Pinup & Glamour galleries, you can see the latest articles here: 4th Mar | 11th Mar | 18th Mar
A collection of Chicks in Corsets was recently published highlighting some of the glamour and pin up photographs from Death-Chicks!

Pretty in Pink by Lily-Liddell


Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez

If you want to get started in Macro photography or you already do it but you are lacking in ideas, check out these nine tutorials at, you will find a tutorial about different techniques of doing Macro, a couple that will inspire you to get original pictures and also some "how to" articles.
Color Spectrum by SamanthaElisa

People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-Durden

It was People and Portraits month at CRPhotography this month which means there have been lots of useful articles and features. Firstly there has been the CV Features: People and Portraits which is a collection of the Community Volunteers chosen images. There was also the March contest: People and Portraits. And finally an article looking at People and Portraits Challenge Vol. 1. Want some tips for capturing portraits with a 50mm lens? Check out this entry on the excellent Phoblographer Blog.
Flow by DanOstergren


Community Volunteer tanikel

Get into the habit of staying tuned to our world news throughout the eyes of these great photo-reporters - you can find shots and articles over here (Reuters).

Ta Phrom Tree Children by little-spacey

Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-Durden

Over at Still-Life-Stills lots has been going on! Nom Nom 83 - Salami features a tasty looking food item this month! The What You Love - Contest Winners! have been announced and finally, the photographer of the week is back up and running. Photographer of the Week: ifsantag. Why not get some advice  about how to make your own still life personal studio? If you're looking for some reasons to make still life photography, find them here!

crepe by TheAutumnLeaves


Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-Durden

Garry Winogrand is described as the Man who defined Street Photography. If you haven't read about him already but you're an avid participant or fan of Street Photography then you honestly should. During the 50s and 60s, Winogrand stalked the sidewalks of New York to capture scenes in the decades that followed the second world war. His work is and will remain fresh, a clear definition of street photography that will leave you with no doubt about what the genre involves and how your work should be constructed if you want it to fit in. Check out more information here.
An interesting and great start of thinking about the feelings we can get when taking photos in the street, especially when it is linked to the ethics of taking photos of homeless people, from the excellent blog The Phoblographer.

Street Photography has hit the news once more. Did you know that the Arkansas senate has passed a bill to try and make Street Photography illegal? Check it out here for further details. You'll find on the excellent blog of Eric Kim a very interesting view about how to learn street photography.
Jack Garofalo if you don't know him is the object of this great article about his works : the
1970s Harlem In Street.

Street Photography BW 270 by sagi-k

Urban and Rural

Community Volunteers Kaz-D 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!
Vernazza by hanciong

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: A fun weekend project to Turn Your Street Photos into Still Life Photos!
:bulletred: Beginner’s guide to light painting
:bulletred: How to improve your posing skills without memorization
:bulletred: Berenice Abbott: the photography trailblazer who had supersight
:bulletred: The checklist for narrowing down your photography portfolio
:bulletred: This bioluminescent forest wonderland is the result of a projector and a computer

:bulletred: Gear: Making 'Art': we go inside Sigma's lens factory
:bulletred: Gear: Did you know about the rear gelatin filter slot on some wide angle lenses?
:bulletred: Gear: 7 Simple maintenance and care tips to keep your digital camera in great shape
:bulletred: Gear: Don’t be afraid of manual focus

:bulletred: Light: How to use a gridded softbox for portrait photography
:bulletred: Light: Five places for perfect natural portrait lighting
:bulletred: Light: The magic of motivated key lights in portrait photography
:bulletred: Light: How to create dark moody low-key portraits with minimal gear
:bulletred: Light: Studio lighting: an introduction for amateur or semi-pro photographers

:bulletred: PS: How to easily correct colors in old photos using the levels tool in Photoshop
:bulletred: PS: A primer on using Photoshop’s liquify filter for realistic retouching
:bulletred: PS: Which is right for you: Lightroom or Photoshop (or both)?
:bulletred: PS: Unleash your workflow by learning to use Lightroom & Photoshop synergistically
:bulletred: PS: 4 Ways to use the warp command in Photoshop
:bulletred: PS: How to use Lightroom + Photoshop auto-blend focus stacking
:bulletred: PS: A practical guide to creating superresolution photos with Photoshop
:bulletred: LR: Hidden secrets to fast, easy photo publishing

:bulletred: PS: Photoshop experts try to use Photoshop 1.0

:bulletred: How To make A Pinhole Camera is a good way to start understanding pinhole cameras.
:bulletred: The Dirkon Camera is a famous one to add to your collection if you are fond of analog cameras. Patience, folding (you'll need cissors!) and an analog film will get you back to the first ever made cameras, but elegantly :)

DeviantArt Photography News of Note...

A Devious Interview of great artists over DA (Andaelentari, JACAC, Cyril-Helnwein, Batsceba, Pierre-Lagarde, ZiaulKareem, ZephyraMilie, wwwcine), in different art types, but mostly photography.

If you are interested in supporting the Photography Community on DeviantArt, consider applying for an admin position at PhotographersClub! Check out the available positions here. :la:

silber-englein has an awesome daily photography series, "Best in Photography Today"! If you would like to look at gorgeous photographs on DeviantArt, check them out! #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10

New Equipment and Technology

:bulletred: The Nikon D7200 got announced
:bulletred: News: Apple Photos, a first look
:bulletred: Gear: Canon 5Ds vs 5DsR, canon cancels low-pass filter effect with second low-pass filter

Dev Meets!

There's going to be a Boston Dev Meet in August courtesy of the group EastCoastDA! You can note AshleyxBrooke or JenFruzz for more information and you can read more here.

Forum Posts

Creating a photography portfolio? When did you start yours? (Also, a question about printing!)
photographing at an aquarium
New to film, need some advice.
How far have you come?

Groups to Check Out!

:iconvenatoreslucis: :icondevpremium: :icondeath-chicks: :icondeath-guys: :iconyoung-photo-club: :iconhuman-photography: :iconbokehlicious: :iconsoftness-art: :iconmodelmayhemmassive: :iconlightinspired: :iconbird-photography: :icontaintedart: :icondialed-in: :iconode-to-simplicity: :iconda-film-alliance: :iconfashion-show: :iconsuicidegirls: :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: :iconiphotograph:

Thanks to all of our contributors this month - the team at CRPhotography have put this newsletter together for you including... Kaz-D, 3wyl, Mrs-Durden, hosagu, MarcosRodriguez, JenFruzz, DistortedSmile, daguerreoty-pe and Andaelentari.  If you would like to have something included within it just note the group!

Photographers Tools for Keeping Warm

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 3:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

Artists Tools

After our eyes, as photographers our most important body part is our hands. For many of us photography means venturing out into icy cold winds and bitter weather at certain times of the year and there are a few basic things you can do to keep you or your equipment warm. (For those who have just read Tools for photographing the night sky this is the article for you!)

Tripod Leg Warmers
It sounds ridiculous, but they are so simple and your tripod possibly comes with them without you even knowing. But tripods are one of the first bits of equipment to get icy cold and carrying them around isn't much fun when they're giving you frost burn. Leg warmers are carbon fibre materials that also help to provide some handy grip. You can see them on this tripod below...

Source: picclick UK

There are other variations too and specific pockets you can get for your tripod if it's going to get really cold. Check out these handy Zippable leg warmers from Wex Photographic. If your tripod doesn't have leg warmers then there is a very simple tutorial which you can pick up the gist of by visiting
this forum.

Warm your camera

Make sure you've got your camera and vital gear stashed away in a camera bag when you venture outside but do remember that if the temperature differences are really huge between indoor and outdoor, you may inadvertently cause some damage to your camera when you get back home. If you're worried, bag it. Seal your camera in a plastic bag, pack it away and wait for it to reach a good temperature before you bring it inside. A cold camera in a warm room can cause moisture to condense into water droplets which could impact upon your electrical equipment.

Breathe In

Don't let vapour from your breath ruin your photographs! But equally at times it can cause an amazing misty type effect. Just be careful when you're breathing especially when doing long exposures for night photography as you really don't want to ruin a shot that you can't easily review until you get home.

Take extra batteries

Batteries drain quicker in the cold. I've had that happen a lot. Take lots of spare fully charged batteries with you but a great tip I've found is to hold a discharged battery in your hand or pocket until it's fairly warm and you should find that it gets a little bit stronger and will see you through a few more shots.

Protect your memory cards

The moisture can be a pain but dropping a memory card in snow or ice can be even worse. Make sure you store your cards in waterproof casing until you need them. There are a great range of Memory Card Holders out there and also the small plastic cases that some often come with might suffice.

Do you have any additional cold weather tips or tricks that you use? Share them on this article and we'll add them in!


Artists Tools

Photographing the night sky was one of my new years resolutions. I wanted to capture the stars where we live because very soon they'll be turning on the street lights and ruining the views that we have. Sometimes when the conditions are particularly good we get an amazing view of the milky way from just the naked eye. I wasn't as lucky the other evening but there are some definite captures of Jupiter amongst the stars... Read on for some info on how to photograph the night sky yourself...
6 by Kaz-D

Equipment Needed

:bulletblack: DSLR Camera - full frame or crop sensor, it doesn't matter which!
:bulletblack: Wide angle lens - around 16mm minimum (Landscape lenses do the trick)
:bulletblack: Tripod
:bulletblack: Batteries (spares because invariably it's quite cold and they drain quicker!)
:bulletblack: Remote shutter release

I recently invested in a Pixel RW Wireless shutter remote which you can find on Amazon here for a very reasonable price. My hand was forced by my new Sony camera because it didn't have the old connection that I had relied on for so many years. So this was the solution! It is pretty good and definitely helped with some great steady shots.

I used an app on my phone to find the best location for shooting the night sky - i.e. the more interesting or easily seen constellations or planets. Then I used a technique known as 'Expose to the Right.' This concept has been used for a long time and basically means to expose the image a lot more than you usually would - you can alter this afterwards in Photoshop or another editing program for optimum results.

I put the ISO, for most of the time, at 800. It was a really dark light and we were lucky enough to have minimal light pollution. If you have more pollution, then set the ISO higher to get the best results. Look out for pesky planes trawling across the sky and people putting on their garden lights right in the middle of your exposure... although below the result turned out okay...

4 by Kaz-D

Don't spend your time working out complicated mathmatical sums for how long you should expose your image. Unless that stuff comes easy to you! I took a lot of photographs and did a huge mixture of timings, from 15 - 30 seconds to get the best results. The image above was ISO 400 and a 32 second exposure. So that's holding the shutter release and counting 32 before you close the shutter and complete the image.

In Photoshop or an editing program of your choice, you can then up the contrast on your image and fiddle with the exposure to bring out more stars that weren't initially captured. You can even start experimenting with hues and saturation to get some interesting colours...

In the night sky by Kaz-D
Have a play and see what results you can get. It's a straightforward technique and one which many peope use but might just get you into a type of photography that you've not explored before. A whole other universe!
3 by Kaz-D

Artists Tools Week - The Schedule!

Sun Mar 29, 2015, 11:15 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

Artists Tools

Welcome to Artists Tools Week! This week our articles are focusing entirely on the 'Tools' of the trade. We have so much to share with you from pens to apps to night photography. Here's our schedule for the week....

  • Monday
  • Making over your sketching weapons by Tudalia
  • Tuesday
  • One of a kind APP by ParadisiacPicture
  • Wacom Intuous Pro Review by Saaally
  • Wednesday
  • Removing Backgrounds from Dolls by Agaave
  • FireAlpaca and Paint Tool Sai review by illuminatedflower
  • Thursday
  • Sally's Traditional Toolbox by Saaally
  • Tools for taking care of your markers by Khallandra
  • Friday
  • Tools for drawing horses by Astralseed
  • Tools for using soft pastels by Lorelei-Cha
  • Saturday
  • ATB: An introduction to pens by Lyricanna
  • Tools for photographing the night sky by Kaz-D
  • Sunday
  • Cold Weather photography tools by Kaz-D
  • Wrap up blog!

Meet Alex Greenshpun

Sun Mar 29, 2015, 7:00 AM
Meet  Alex Greenshpun, known on DeviantArt as alexgphoto. She's a photographer based in Israel and has an absolutely amazing gallery. Describing herself as a Visual Poetess, Alex creates magical images with beautiful colours and vibrant backgrounds. Alex is a self taught fine art photographer and the main focus of her work is natural close ups and animal photography. She has recently published a photobook featuring some of her best nature-related works. You can find alexgphoto here on DeviantArt or over at her website Alex Greenshpun or on Facebook.

The Bio...

I'm a self-taught fine-art photographer, currently based in Israel. Photography appeared in my life in a serendipitous way back in 2012. Nature is filled with magic just waiting to be discovered. There are fairy tales behind every leaf; each petal, seed and the tiniest of dewdrops have something to tell us. So many stories are hiding in plain sight. It is my wish to make these stories seen.

The Gear...

Until recently I used to work with a Canon 60D, but now I've switched to a Canon 6D. Most of my nature macros are shot with a Canon 100mm macro lens, sometimes with an addition of a Raynox DCR-250. My workflow involves both Lightroom and Photoshop, as I always shoot RAW. Editing usually includes color correction; curves; white balance; etc. It's important for me to create and present each image from a personal, artistic perspective.
The Garden Gnome by alexgphoto

Whatever image I am working on, it has to be perfect in-camera before clicking the shutter. It is very important for me to check that the subject is shot from an interesting angle; that there is nothing distracting in the background; the light has to be flawless; and of course, the frame must be well composed. For me, this often means staying with the same subject for a long period, sometimes more than an hour, to get that one frame just the way I had envisioned it.

Where does your vision come from? Where do you get the ideas from that we see within your Gallery?

Much of my ideas and inspiration come by simply being out in nature. To me, photography feels as a constant exploration of new worlds. There's this sensation of wonder whenever I look closely at a certain subject and suddenly find something beautiful and unexpected, like an intricate pattern. Sometimes, I discover fairy tales and stories in leaves, dewdrops and seeds. This feeling of surprise and wonder creates a vision in my mind that is usually intuitive and quite instant, and this gives me the inspiration and ideas on how to best represent the subject in a photograph.

The Dream Weaver by alexgphotoWinds of Summer by alexgphoto

You have some incredible animal captures within your gallery. What's your secret for getting cuties like this to pose?

House of Furballs by alexgphoto

In May last year, my partner and I have found five nursing kittens, abandoned in a cardboard box. We took them in and took care of them until they were ready for adoption. Two of the kittens found a home together, another one was adopted by a friend (she's hiding at the back so doesn't appear in this photo), and we ended up keeping the other two (the one sleeping in the middle and the curious blue-eyed tabby on the right). We simply fell in love with them.

That photo was taken a day or two after we'd found them. We had a kitty-house that belonged to our cat when he was younger, which he didn't use; the five girls, however, quickly cuddled inside. They all just squeezed in together and so I grabbed my camera and even though it took a while for them to settle down, I got my shot at the end.

Do you have any tips for creating clear, crisp bokeh like you have in the image below?

Liquid Luck by alexgphoto

In general, I'd recommend a depth of field at least f/2.8 for smoother bokeh. If you're focusing on a specific subject such as a blade of grass or a flower, make sure there's a relatively good distance between it and whatever remains in the background. Check for stems or leaves coming up closely behind your subject. Not only would any such object be a distraction from your main subject, but they could also ruin the smoothness of your background. As a general rule of thumb: highlights in the background can help create a nice bokeh. So, it's often a good idea to try and play with the direction of the light, such as backlight for example.

One of the best opportunities to get lovely bokeh is early in the morning when the grass is filled with dew. If you shoot with a shallow DOF against the sun, from a relatively low angle, you'll find the sunlight reflected in the dew creates a beautiful effect. Below are some more examples...

Dewlicious Morning by alexgphotoSymphony of Light by alexgphoto

What does Israel have to offer you in terms of photographic opportunities?

Well, Israel has a great natural diversity and there are many interesting places here to see. However, the one characteristic of Israel's nature that is relevant to me is its weather. Our winters are short, and usually resemble autumn with their rainstorms and winds. Summer and spring fill most of the year and the weather is quite warm. As a matter of fact, it's so warm that it's not unusual to see people bathing at the beach in the end of December and even January.
The great thing about macro photography though is that you don't actually have to travel far to find something interesting to shoot. For example, I often find subjects on my own balcony, or in parks close to where I live.

Voyage to Lilliput Continues by alexgphoto

How did you achieve the below image?

Dancing in the Rain by alexgphoto

This image is one of my Daily Deviations called Dancing in the rain.. Exif: Canon EOS 60D + Canon EF 100mm Macro f/2.8; 100mm; 1/320 s @ f/3.5; ISO 400...

While most of my works are taken outdoors, I like to collect beautiful natural things to later photograph at home. On one of my photo-walks I found some beautiful flower seeds and a big, curvy autumn leaf of red-orange coloration. At home, using two simple table-lamps I back-lit the leaf with one of them and sprinkled some water. I put several seeds on the leaf, but none of them were stable enough on their own. These two, however, stood quite nicely, leaning on each other. It immediately reminded me of a romantic couple dancing in the rain, hence the title. I used the second lamp for the fill-light and took the photo. The image was then processed with Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5: basic curves, color and sharpness corrections. There are many tutorials for Macro Photography within my gallery.

Ladybird by alexgphoto

Nom Nom 83 - Salami

Tue Mar 17, 2015, 9:00 AM
Salami is another one of those things that I think you either really like, or are not too bothered about, or hate! It's cured sausage which has been fermented and originates from a variety of animals. It's fragant, if you could call it that, often smelling quite a lot like garlic or pepper. My favourite type is Chorizo - so here's an awesome recipe you could try!

Chorizo Chicken with Potatoe Wedges

:bulletblack: 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into wedges
:bulletblack: 1 teaspoon of olive oil
:bulletblack: 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
:bulletblack: Thin slices of Chorizo
:bulletblack: 2 Skinless chicken breasts
:bulletblack: Thyme for seasoning (dried)

  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking tray, then toss with the oil, chilli flakes and seasoning. Roast for 10 mins, then remove and reduce the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
  2. Lay half the chorizo slices over each chicken breast, overlapping so the chicken is covered, then tuck the edges underneath to secure. Lift onto the baking tray next to the wedges, scatter the wedges with thyme leaves, then roast for 20 mins more, turning the chicken and wedges halfway until golden

eat and enjoy by LordLJCornellPhotos
Italian Sandwich by Rally22Tutta Bella 027. by GermanCityGirl
Combination dinner. by masterdevil89

Good Guys Pizza 003. by GermanCityGirl
My lunch by patchow
salami cheese and crackers by TavNymblewynd
Thin-Crusted Salami Pizza by nosugarjustangerSalami sandwiches 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. | 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 | Nom Nom 82 - Salmon

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 ElyneNoir 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.

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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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