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This is where I leave you

Sun Nov 29, 2015, 1:00 AM


November wonderland by Kaz-D

I just love dramatic titles. I'm not leaving you though, but yes today is the day that things change after such a long time.

I started my Volunteer career on DeviantArt in July 2010. So that means I've been floating around your inboxes, DDing, writing articles and doing lots of photography related shenanigans for over half a decade. Of course, I started out long before that but offically and all that, it's been over five years.

Half a decade. A Demi-Decade. Five years. I have to say that it has flown by. From the day that I first pestered Moonbeam13 into letting me oversee a gallery that technically wasn't vacant (Abstract and Surreal Photography), to today when I'm stepping down from my role co-overseeing General Photography - time has flown. I have worked with some incredible people, not least Moonbeam13 who has taken on lots of my crazy ideas, contest themes, reccomendations for fellow volunteers and so much more. But there has also been ScENeYmE who stepped up to over-see general photography alongside me many moons ago. And then 3wyl - but we were a partnership long before that, creating groups, projects and contests together since...well, years! And finally, there was Mrs-Durden. I absolutely never believed she could replace 3wyl but who has surprised me with her enthusiasm, dedication, unique thoughts and inspiration. (BTW 3wyl IS one of a kind that's for sure!) I leave general photography in the capable, often intoxicated hands of tiganusi who will continue working with Mrs-Durden to keep things awesome. And who knows who will be joining them... :evileye: I've worked with so many awesome people - too many to name and there is always the problem that my memory will leave out some of the vital ones. You know who are. Bad memory cop out.. ;)

Are you thinking of Volunteering on DeviantArt?  Do it. Apply today if there is an area open that interests you. You will learn so much not only from your position, but also from your 'colleagues'. It's an experience that you will value and you will create so many friendships and memories, it's just amazing.

So what's next?  For about a year, I've had a pretty intense full time job. Over a year now anyway, and I need to focus there and sort my brain out. But I'm continuing with my beloved CRPhotography and that is where you shall find me. :) I've left projecteducate and my intention is to completely focus my time and energy on what I want to do - photography and writing. Right now I'm working on the Photography Newsletter so keep your eyes peeled!

So here are some fun facts and figures, thanks to tiganusi for pulling them for me! Since I started volunteering here, I have given a grand total of 2340 Daily Deviations.


2340




So, given that the huge number does not fit into one journal, here are some of my very favourite highlights from across the years...

The First Ever Kaz-D Awarded DD...



Sideways by nomkcalb

Together We Will Live Forever. by Khomenko
colorful copenhagen by Farfape
letting go by latoday
Abortion by Amelee
Alice by SachaKalis
It's Just a Game by IbrahimAlrabeh
Bus Stop. by girltripped
The message of books by Bucikah
made with love. by sunburntchaos
feathers I I by Dabadus
Mind Pattern by DpressedSoul
Cold Water II by nAgLiMaNtAs
Our breakfast by Strawberry-Mood
Atomic Party by Laurent-Giranthon
Square crop by Anyra
screaming in silence by IreneArt
Light on your feet by crowthius
where dreams are kept by waveystar
Mental Hygiene by F4ust
L a s t  n i g h t . by bebefromtheblock
Forrest moss cake by SunnySpring
The Gathering by jxsnyder
San Francisco - City by DarkSaiF
Silence for ever by BlurEdits
On the street by ralucsernatoni
White Indulgence by kusodesign


Skin by Dan Leveille

Nom Nom 88!

Tue Nov 3, 2015, 9:39 AM


Citrus Upside Down Cake by bittykate

In September we talked about Cheesecake. Many of you drooled, many complained that they were hungry (stop reading this blog at 2am people!) and some of you suggested some Noms for the next edition. So this time around please direct your moaning at MagicalJoey who dared to suggest Lemon Meringue Pie....:drool: Have a tasty Nom to suggest? Just comment or send me a note!

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes by rose-stones
Lemon Meringue Pie by MerenwenTheBeautiful
Lemon Meringue by ignotism

Lemon Meringue Tarts by AlexhiaLemon Meringue Pie by lidaC

Lemon Meringue Pie by c41atomica
Lemon Meringue Pie by CachahueteLemon Meringue Tarts by vanilla-angel555

29.365 - Lemon Meringue Pie by Mahou-Koneko
Meringue by MissUmlautLemon Meringue Pie by theresahelmer
Lemon. by bymeeLemon Meringue by micro-morganism

Lemon Meringue Tart 2 by bittykate


Previous Noms



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. | Nom Nom 84 - Easter | Nom Nom 85 - Chocolate | Nom Nom 86 - Kaitlin's Creations | Nom Nom 87 cheesecake.


Skin by Dan Leveille

2016 Calendars are available NOW!

Tue Nov 3, 2015, 3:04 AM


Godrevy by Kaz-D

Once again, the 2016 Calendars featuring twelve high quality images taken throughout England are available! Great calendars with lots of space for adding your own events and important dates. The photos are even suitable for pulling out at the end of the year and framing if you wish to keep them!

The Calendar


A4 in size, the front cover offers a view of Godrevy in Cornwall. A beautiful lighthouse is situated just around the corner and which features further in this high quality calendar.
 

Calendar 2016 Promo by Kaz-D

The Prices


:bulletblack: £12 each including UK postage!
:bulletblack:£15 each including European postage!
:bulletblack: £18 each for postage elsewhere!

The Payment Methods


:bulletblack: UK customers can pay via bank transfer or the below options if appropriate
:bulletblack: I also accept cheques, paypal payments or Amazon gift vouchers!

Want to Order?


You can either send me a note, a Facebook message or pop an email over to kathrynphotography@live.co.uk.

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Skin by Dan Leveille
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Community Week

Our next community week is set to launch on November 23rd and we would LOVE to hear from you. Whether you have suggestions about articles you would like to see or whether you feel you could write an article we want to hear your thoughts and ideas. All you need to do is send a note to projecteducate with your article title and a brief summary of what it will be about. We can help you do the rest after that!
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Photography Newsletter

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 5:00 AM
If you've ever wondered how to get a Photography studio into your own house, for not a lot of money, then wonder no more!  This article from BGR gives you some tips on how to get your own home studio up and running with a lighting kit from Amazon costing about $100. At the same time we're being spoiled this month by some great photography tips as Petapixel have been giving some advice on starting up your own photography business.

Have you heard of Stroboscopic Photography? Well, it's amazing. It's the term for something that a lot of us can (inadvertently) achieve with little effort or by accident, although admittedly the photographs shared in this article are pretty amazing. Get in touch with your inner Abstract Photographer and give it a go!

Word of the Month

Scenery
The term scenery includes many themes. Some include animals but many include the beauty of landscapes, mounts, desert regions or coastline scenes. A landscape is a section or portion of scenery as seen from a single viewpoint. Scenery is the subject of a landscape image. However, if natural scenery dominates an image, it can probably be accurately termed a landscape, even though there may be a farmhouse in the distance, a city skyline on the horizon or a road or path in the foreground. APN photography is quite large in definition, though scenery shall determine how photographers will capture through a landscape shot the beauty of our environment. Send your APN suggestions to JenFruzz!

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!

:iconzhenyab: :iconidie: :iconjarlehm: :iconporcelainpoet: :iconeclipxphotography: :iconspatarozliev: :iconmarinacoric: :iconkamakebelieve: :iconlucasportee: :icondark-raptor: :iconyousry-aref: :iconbaselmahmoud:

Contests & Projects


:star: LightInspired is hosting their Nature Photo Contest 2015 from October 1, 2015 until December 31, 2015. Get the details Here!
:star: The Halloween Contest is still open until the 5th of November... An occasion to meet the demons and monsters hidden around DA...
:star: Head over to CRPhotography and join the group for updates on their monthly contest and regular weekly challenges.
:star: Check out the monthly challenge over at Still-Life-Stills and get your still life photography vibes going!
:star: Finally, don't forget that Abstract-and-Surreal have their monthly contest on-going as well and the theme will be announced shortly.

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Simple Lines by Ragnar949


If you are considering experimenting with abstract photography, here is a beautiful collection of abstract photographs for inspiration: 40 Astounding Examples of Abstract Photography.

Animals, Plants and Nature

Community Volunteer JenFruzz


Morning Ride by Nelleke


projecteducate hosted an Animals, Plants, & Nature week in October! Check out a wrap up blog with links to all of the articles Here!

Jane Gates presents a highly detailed and very informative article about Adobe Lightroom and Landscape Photography for the Nature Photographers' Network which goes into detail about the post production techniques as part of the photographic workflow. Check out the full article here.

If you're in a zone that has Autumn, be sure to read these tips from professional photographers on how to make the most out of your fall photography.

A photo of two Impalas locking horns has won the Royal Society of Biology's photography competition, the stunning moment has been crowned the winner of £1,000 this year.


Africa Geographic has interviewed one of Africa's best known wildlife photographer Greg du Toit, talking about his many memorable experiences during his career.

Step into the Dark Room with Traveller24 as they look through the lens of MorkelErasmus.

Junior Explorers has put together some 7 amazing wildlife moments captured on camera this year.

Enkased is known for his macro photography, but in his travel blog he takes you on a three state journey adventure, with tips on places to visit and showing you what an overall accomplished artist he is.

This groomer has an adorable collection of wet dogs highlighting their before and after shots. Also, did you know that Elmer Fudd tried to be a wildlife photographer before he started hunting Bugs Bunny? It looks like Bugs may also have influenced some of these animals who made it to the short list for the comedy wildlife photographic awards.

Artistic Nude

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine


man by RobertFremer

Mrs-Durden and tiganusi are planning an Artistic Nude Project Educate week over at projecteducate. If you'd like to get involved or have any ideas or suggestions then note them both with your thoughts!

Conceptual

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Dark Water by Pajunen

If you're an avid 'Facebooker' you will likely have seen this one doing the rounds lately. A photographer has documented a very real concept - how we look when devices are removed from our hands. We look ridiculous... check it out here!

MarinaCoric's Conceptual Spotlight is a beautiful series featuring conceptual photography with each new instalment as stunning as the last.

Commercial

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


.ciate mini caviar pearls. by Kay-Noire


Darkroom

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Before Time by intao

If you're into experimental photo-based mixed media, Picture-Bandit has been collaborating with an acrylic ink artist to make this particularly whimsical series.

In this intriguing article, Anton Orlov discusses wet plate and his self-made camera with an f0.7 lens.

Fashion

Community Volunteer  Queen-Kitty


ShanD by MadSDesignz


The Eternal Muse - in pictures shows you a compilation of famous female muses through the years, collected by fashion photographer Amedeo Turello.

Horror and Macabre

Community Volunteer pullingcandy


Come Closer by MinglPassion


With halloween upon us, RockstarVanity put together this journal for your horror and macabre photography inspiration.

Infrared

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Pisa IR by DimensionSeven


Infrared-Club is a great place to connect with other infrared photographers, to learn more about this genre and view beautiful infrared photographs.

Macro

Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez


Mi ojo 2 by Harmonic-Minor13


View a beautiful collection of macro photography in MarcoRodriguez's latest Macro Spotlight journal.

Other

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Jeudi by Leona-Snow


People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Club26, Sisters by Vint26


You don't need to understand German to enjoy this photo session with birthday girl Aria by C-h-r-i-s-P.

Pinup and Glamour

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile


Apple Picking with Ludella I by EnchantedCupcake


Check out the September Pinup and Glamour DDs from DistortedSmile!

Photo-journalism

Community Volunteer tanikel


In Sickness and In Health II by Timothy-Sim

How AWESOME would this be - to have Obama crash your wedding photos! Depends which way you lean I suppose but either way, as a photographer it would be pretty cool. Check out the photos here.

If you're well into your aerial photography and you enjoy being a hobbyist with your drones, then you need to keep an eye on what the US government are planning... A new report is suggesting that the government will soon require registration... On the other side of the drone news, Researchers have created software for desingnin pro-drone shots in a virtual world.

With the United Nations celebrating its 70th birthday, they've put together a photo exhibit showing you a peek behind the scenes of iconic moments and milestones in the history of the organization.

Check out this tribute to the daredevil doctors who risk their own lives braving conflicts, epidemics and natural disasters providing emergency medical aid on the humanitarian frontlinein pictures.

American photographer Lois Greenfield captures dancers in a hyperreal tableaux as they take flight and jump in leaps and bounds.

Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


To harvest the nuts by Daykiney


FrancescaDelfino makes a beautiful selection of still life photographs in her latest Still life Spotlight here

Street

Community Volunteer hosagu


Street Photography BW 281 by sagi-k

 In October there were some great journals at The-Yard-Collective which are well worth checking out.

Do you know lightdrafter? He is actually on a world tour, and shares with us his adventures. You can read more here.

In Khuram's journal, you'll discover how urban cats can be so fascinating. A very original approach from the excellent and famous MARX77.

There's some strong advice out there about storing your batteries when travelling, and since Street Photographers are often quite travelled people, it's well worth check this article out.

We walk the streets nearly every day, but are often too busy to take time to really enjoy the things we see around us. Top Teny share their top 10 best street photographers in the world.

Last but not least, you HAVE TO read this... This article gives some information from Eric Kim about how he got some amazing lessons from masters of street photography. Check out his Free E-Book.

Transportation

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


little bug by Pippa-pppx


Despite the lack of gas and parts, there's a devoted group of Harlistas - Harley-loving Cubans - who have kept their ancient machines on the road through a mix of ingenuity and sheer devotion.

Urban and Rural

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Depth by burningmonk


Some say ruins are spooky and scary; urbex photographers now better. Take a look at these abandoned places in pictures The Guardian put together.

Tuscany hides a stunning, abandoned castle dating back to the 17th century, though it has recently been acquired to be turned into a luxury sporting resort. Photographer Martino Zegwaard takes you inside the Moorish castle for a last look at its grandeur of times past.

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...

Have you ever wondered how photographers create those stunning newborn photos? This minute-long video shows how it's done.

This video shows an easy method of creating beautiful spirographs with light painting photography.

On the topic of Autumn, have a look at this article with tips for taking photos at night on halloween.

Here is another useful article on how to take better photos in low light.

Photography Articles and News of Note


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Here's a brief history of the camera flash, from explosive powder to led lights.

:bulletblue: Photographer Dylan Goldby outlines some compelling reasons why you should print your photography.

:bulletblue: Meet the 94-year-old Godfather of Cat Photography.

New Equipment and Technology


Check out the best new gear from Photo Plus Expo 2015 in New York.

Lensbaby's latest: Composer Pro II Lens and Edge 50 Optic.

Forum Posts

:bulletblue: Which camera to buy?
:bulletblue: Help with writing a tutorial for star trail photography
:bulletblue: Phone Pic's, taken and/or edited only with a phone
:bulletblue: Sports Photography
:bulletblue: Best format for dA upload
:bulletblue: 360 pans
:bulletblue: Flight Photography Feature
:bulletblue: Best camera for night sky photography?
:bulletblue: Your favorite photo you've taken
:bulletblue: What is photography and what does it mean to you?
:bulletblue: "This is a photo I didn't take..."
:bulletblue: 500px

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:

Contributors this month:
Kaz-D, hosagu, Mrs-Durden, tiganusi, daguerreoty-pe and 3wyl

Photography Exposed: Weather and Sky

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 12:25 PM
Photography Exposed is a series of articles brought to you by your General Photography Community Volunteers! Kaz-DMrs-Durden and tiganusi are going to be exposing the popular and the not so popular galleries within main Photography gallery here on DeviantArt. For this edition, I've chosen to focus on Weather and Sky which is nestled with the APN gallery.

how to find a loved one by bryan-cuttance
British Weather by Kaz-D
Away to Milky Way by m-eralp
Panorama of northern lights from Trondheim, Norway by lashrasch
tickled by bryan-cuttance
Summer Lovin by Kaz-D
Sunset by jellybear07

Previous issues


Photography Exposed: Infrared
Photography Exposed: Still Life
Photography Exposed: Expressive Portraits
Photography Exposed: Military
Photography Exposed: Architecture
Photography Exposed: Instant Film
Photography Exposed: Surreal
Photography Exposed: Conceptual
Photography Exposed: Products and Services
Photography Exposed- Still Life Dolls and Figures
Photography Exposed: Classic Portraits
Photography Exposed - Transportation
Photography Exposed: Cityscapes and Skylines
Photography Exposed: Humorous
Photography Exposed: Urbex 
Photography Exposed: Statues and Monuments
Photography Exposed: Body Art

An Interview with Rick!

Fri Oct 23, 2015, 2:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Community Week

Meet Rick, a photographer from Germany who creates tiny little worlds full of magic and wonder. Rick goes on adventures into worlds of nature to find the magic in detail, the land of moss and fairies. You can find Rick on DeviantArt as Rick-TinyWorlds or on his website Tinyworlds.org. In this interview, find out what inspires him and so much more...



Portrait5 by Rick-TinyWorlds

The Bio...



My name is Rick Hoppmann and I love the forest. I photograph tiny, magical worlds and create atmospheric games. At the moment I'm living in Leipzig, Germany, where you also can see my current exhibition "In the land of moss and fairies". You can see the digital version of my exhibition here. My dream is to inspire people to protect and explore their local nature.

The Photography...



While I invest huge amounts of my time in photography, I treat it as a professional hobby.
That means that I don't photograph because of profit, but because I'm fascinated by the process and the tiny wonders photography opens my eyes to. It's a wonderful way to see the world with different eyes.

In my work I try to capture the magic hidden in the tiny worlds around us - "The land of moss and fairies".
I love how the photos inspire other people to create art, dream and explore nature.

Tiny Acorn Home by Rick-TinyWorlds

The Gear...



I got quite some confused reactions from photographers on my gear. I'm still using an entry-level DSLR (a SONY Alpha 58) with the out-of-the-box lens. Yes, that's right - I don't use a macro lens for my shots.
Besides my camera I often use a spray bottle filled with water. A great tool to get fine details in the background.

Passing Away by Rick-TinyWorlds

Sometimes I use external light sources, for example a LED videolight (cheap, also great for portraits) or even a flashlight. The tools for macro photography are usually very cheap, except the lens.

How did you discover Still Life Photography?



I think it started for me simply by experimenting. At the time I started with photography I wasn't really active on deviantART, although it definitively helped to refine my style and taste later on (and it still does).
Tiny World by Rick-TinyWorlds
My starting point for the Tiny Worlds style is this photo above, which was shot back in 2012.

How do you define still life photography?



I define it as a set of arranged objects. Some of my shots fit in this definition, most would better fit in macro.
This image is my most "still life" -like I think.

My Rainy Autumn Day by Rick-TinyWorlds

How can someone get started with still life photography?  Is there a huge cost involved?



Use whatever camera you have at the beginning. At first it should be all about experimenting and finding your style. Then focus on a set of skills and get really good at your style.
Pro tip: Good artists copy, great artists steal. Don't simply copy the standard still-life images, get creative, steal ideas and combine them.

What's your favourite thing to photograph?



I love snails, because they can twist their bodies in any imaginable way. Very interesting tiny animals.
I also really like to photograph winter-cherry fruits and groups of mushrooms.

Is there a particular shot that you feel shines above the rest? Was it difficult to achieve?


Tiny Acorn Home by Rick-TinyWorlds
"What if fairies would live in tiny acorn homes and cultivate beautiful moss gardens?"

I usually use this image to introduce people to my idea of "tiny worlds". Together with the description this image is very powerful in making people dream about the magic hidden around us. While the shot itself was easy to achieve, I had a good amount of luck to find this on my travels. I spent the night alone in the forest of a friend and woke up to the songs of the early birds. I then decided to go for a photography trip in nature and found this beautiful world right next to a small cliff.

Are there any deviants or groups that you would suggest could inspire someone?



projecteducate of course! So much amazing stuff happening there :D (Big Grin) I've also launched recently the group ForestRefuge which aims at bringing people together creating magical art about the forest. I aim to inspire the community by featuring very creative, unique artworks and inspiring wildlife photography.

Could you explain the process that you do after you have taken a photograph?



I like to do as much as I can manually in the camera, including the white balance ("colors"). Sometimes I use the curves tool of the free GIMP to tweak colors and contrasts, as well as the sharpening tool.

Is there anything about Still life Photography that you don't like or enjoy?  Any frustrations?



I once destroyed a smartphone I used for lightening :D (Big Grin) The fine waterdrops from my spraybottle got right into the phone, making it slowly rust from the inside. The good thing was that this created some very interesting glitches.

What inspires you?



Above all nature. There are so many interesting stories to be found if you go with open eyes trough the world.
Another thing are definitively my walks trough the streets when the sun sets. There is something magical about walking that helps you to think and dream more clearly.

Thank you Rick-TinyWorlds! Be sure to head over to Rick's gallery today for some inspiration, some awesome works and stunning worlds. Don't forget to comment, fav, give him feedback and show the love!



The Color Of Autumn by Rick-TinyWorldsGlobe Of Life by Rick-TinyWorldsSummer Rain by Rick-TinyWorlds


Photography Exposed: Urbex

Mon Oct 5, 2015, 12:44 PM
Photography Exposed is a series of articles brought to you by your General Photography Community Volunteers! Kaz-DMrs-Durden and tiganusi are going to be exposing the popular and the not so popular galleries within main Photography gallery here on DeviantArt. For this edition, I've chosen to focus on the dark and often mysterious pastime of Urban Exploration, commonly known as Urbex. You can find more here.

Green Staircase by Dapicture
Crazy of the Indigo Swirl by PatiMakowska

Green Abyss by thebrokenview
Endless by Deere
sad piano by christian-richter
Taking Control by MildlyReactive
Signs of the Past by stengchen

Photography Exposed: Infrared
Photography Exposed: Still Life
Photography Exposed: Expressive Portraits
Photography Exposed: Military
Photography Exposed: Architecture
Photography Exposed: Instant Film
Photography Exposed: Surreal
Photography Exposed: Conceptual
Photography Exposed: Products and Services
Photography Exposed- Still Life Dolls and Figures
Photography Exposed: Classic Portraits
Photography Exposed - Transportation
Photography Exposed: Cityscapes and Skylines
Photography Exposed: Humorous

Photography Newsletter - October

Sun Oct 4, 2015, 4:00 AM
Did you read about Dismaland? Banksy's take on Disneyland came to the UK over the Summer and had a successful five week run before finishing. But now Banksy is doing something amazing with the remains of Dismaland... Read more here.

Let's talk about Daily Deviations. We not only want your suggestions, we crave them. We want to know what you're enjoying on DA right now, what you want to see up on the DD page. Send us your suggestions! Drop us a few lines explaining why - do it now! And if you don't want to do that then consider getting involved in the Daily Deviation Highlights project! Want to know more - check out My Daily Deviation Highlights.

Finally, for a roundup of the August Daily Deviations awarded by Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden and tiganusi look no further than General Photography DDs - September 2015

Word of the Month

Selfie


This word was declared word of the year in 2013 by the Oxford Dictionary.
We've all done one. At least. Our cellphones with integrated cameras allow this type of shot so it's almost impossible to avoid them these days! The official definition is...
"A photograph that one has taken of oneself"

But the concept of a Selfie is not a new one since in general throughout the years of Art History, paintings have showcased the self portrait over and over again. So what's the difference now? It's the connection that we share...the internet. Selfies have evolved to be something that is not only taken for yourself, but also shared on social media websites. We can argue about its usefulness, we can enjoy the concept - whatever the case, the 'Selfie' is now firmly anchored into our way of living all over the world. We are united...in the Selfie!

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!

:iconfoxycherry: :iconpalmbook: :iconblaubeerkuchen: :iconbrettazimmerman: :iconrobertfremer: :iconinsolitus85: :iconjillauville: :iconmilliganvick: :iconsnakeysw: :iconsantibilly: :iconmiragegourmand: :iconbwiti: :iconkelshray-photo: :iconisa-wyrd: :iconinoli:

Contests & Projects

:star: Everything-Nikon has an awesome Foto Challenge 2015 on 'Humanity in a Black & White World'. Get your entries in before the deadline, Monday 30th November!
:star:  SkyAndNatureClub is kicking off their Dawn & Dusk Contest hosted by JenFruzz! Check out the details Here
:star: LightInspired is hosting their Nature Photo Contest 2015 from October 1, 2015 until December 31, 2015. Get the details Here!

:star: Still-Life-Stills have announced another recipe challenge! Check out Recipe challenge October for more info.
:star: :bulletblue: Abstract-and-Surreal have the theme of 'Shadow' this month for their contest. Read more inSEPTEMBER WINNERS AND OCTOBER CONTEST (SHADOW).
:star: :bulletblue: Still-Life-Stills have also launched their general challenge. Check out October still life challenge.
:star: :bulletblue: CRPhotography's theme this month is APN. Read more in October Contest : Animals, Plants and Nature.

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


anticipation by scheinbar

Why not try to make some abstract shots with your iphone? or Cellphone? Nowadays, the technology which camera phones offer is just amazing.
Check this article out for some tips to create some great abstract shots.

Animals, Plants and Nature

Community Volunteers JenFruzz


Cloud Window by CapturingTheNight

SkyAndNatureClub wrapped up their Scenery in Black & White contest with great success! Congratulations to Ravensaura, Shadow-Amethyst13, and MK-NI for winning the contest. To see their work, visit the Contest Winners Announcement journal.

Find here the results of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015. Amazing and congratulations to all involved!

From a more international point of view, Wildife Photographer of the Year 2015 finalists have been announced and we are looking forward to see who will win. Amongst the contenders, you will find some familiar names, including DA's MorkelErasmus.

Night owls or early birds will have been able to see a rare nature event take place on September 28, when there wasn't just a total lunar eclipse, but a super AND blood moon as well. How to Photograph a Total Lunar Eclipse talks about the challenges paired with such an occurence.
The Guardian has collected pictures from around the world of the super moon and lunar eclipse combining for a blood moon, for you to enjoy.

erezmarom discusses ways to make an image both visually and conceptually interesting. In his blog he focuses on parallelism in landscape photography.

Artistic Nude

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine


This Mashable blog article will provide very interesting tips about how to create artistic nude shots.

The word of the month is "Selfie". Find here this thoughtful and impressive exploration of nudity by Varian Viciss, who has been taking a nude photo everyday to make a series.

Architecture

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Golden Snake by endegor

The latest edition of Voyage to the Unknown by AlexanderPaupoff focuses on Architectural Details. If you've ever wondered about this gallery then check out the article now for some inspiration and enlightenment. Read more here.

Conceptual

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi




You'll learn about a famous conceptual photographer in this article about Keith Arnatt, a valuable presentation made by the British Journal of Photography.

Commercial

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Schweppes by Stridsberg


Dave Charnley has talked about his career in Commercial Photography this month and has offered up some fabulous tips for someone looking to get started. Read more here.

Darkroom

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Polaroid V by invisigoth88

projecteducate focused an entire week on Darkroom Photography led by tiganusi. Read the concluding journal - with links to all contributions - in Darkroom Week - Dev'd, Fixed, Time to Rinse!.

Film is not dead: check this awesome article about how analog photography is promoted with hopes for the future!

Fashion

Community Volunteer  Queen-Kitty


.... by SnezhanaMorozova


A complete Guide to the History of Fashion Photography will provide you a wonderful overview through the history of fashion photography and how it became the intriguing way of expression that it is today.

This article from the WP is all about street fashion and the artist Mr Guerre.

Horror and Macabre

Community Volunteer pullingcandy


Daemons by Michellecter

The month for Horror and Macabre photography is upon us! Halloween is just around the corner and brings with it lots of amazing opportunities for spooky photography. Whether you're capturing those costumes, special effects or spooky food, the horror and macabre element of your work could be strong! For some inspiration check out these 35 Breath-taking horror and macabre captures. There is also a useful Horror lighting tutorial from Photoflex - check it out here.

Infrared

Community Volunteer Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


SUBART-LANDSCHAFT-IR-064 by subart59


We announced in the middle of September the results of CRPhotography's monthly contest  from august. The theme was Infrared. Congrats again to the winners! Check them out here.

Check out this awesome article from PetaPixel which looks at what Infrared Photography does to Freckles... Read more here.

Macro

Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez


SuperAnt by kuritoo

SinistrosePhosphate has taken macro photography to the extreme in a cross section between art and science in To See the World in a Grain of Sand: Microscopy.

If you're new to macro photography or have Always found it a nice change of topic, here's an introduction to the fascinating world of close-up photography.

People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Besito by malialeon


Have you heard about the "Dog People" project by Ines Opifanti? A must see!

Pinup and Glamour

Community Volunteers DistortedSmile


Blackheart by DeVera-Grey

DistortedSmile is looking for suggestions and support for another Pinup and Glamour projecteducate week! Check out her poll here and give your feedback. Bring back Pinup and Glamour at PE! Check out the latest edition of Lush! for some awesome Pinup and Glamour inspiration.

This article about Robert Alvarado will bring you into a glamorous inked world: beautiful shots of glamorous AND tatooed models :la:

Photo-journalism

Community Volunteer tanikel


Magic Lanterns by lemon66

A recent study attempted to get some answers on where news photography, or photo-journalism is headed by interviewing more than 1,500 photographers from 100 different countries. This article has listed 20 key findings from the report.

With so many opinions on the subject, GMBAkash took to the streets of Bangladesh and asked several women: "What does your hijab say about you?" The differences between the individual women and their hijabs are truly riveting, in The pride of hijab.

Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Creamy chantarelle pasta with parmesan cheese by CJacobssonFoto

Nom nom is back with some tasty morsels for you to enjoy! Don't forget that you can send your Nommy ideas to Kaz-D for the next feature. Whether it's a food you'd like to see featured or a recipe you want to share! For now though please enjoy Cheesecake...!

dinabelenko has created a useful and easy tutorial on How to make it rain on your still life in the studio. Beware though, things might get messy.

Street

Community Volunteer hosagu


LOVE by DavidGarciaHernandez

It dates of end of July though this awesome article deserves a very particular attention. Written and curated by the fantastic Artist and Deviant MARX77, you'll get visually stunned by the proper definition of what is Street Photo just by looking at each of the gems in this journal.

At CRPhotography, for the month of September, the theme was street photography, and with the wonderful CV Mrs-Durden, find here a very interesting debate, about privacy.

This journal from niklin1, awesome street photographer and active deviant for the Community, will make you smile, often think, and will add some light to your day.

Former CV for street photo on DA, myraincheck, has done with this selection  a very deep incursion into how the eyes, how looking, and so on, can be a wonderful source of inspiration for street photographers.

Batsceba through her series COLOR STREET PHOTOGRAPHY, has now moved to a well-known name in the DA community in her feature of and interview with MARX77. Read it here. Discover the very impressive work achieved in Jim Hofman's China street shots, and how this business man moved to street photography with such passion and travelling. WARNING :) This Amazing preach will definitely amaze you (hosagu actually loves it :stare:).

Finally, this article about Jill Freedman from the CNN's blog will highlight a talented street photographer.

Transportation

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Lotus Esprit Turbo SE U9 by Andso


Reid Lincoln Ashton likes transportation and motion. And Harley Davidson. Check out his portfolios, worth the views!

Urban and Rural

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Blessed when you enter...or flee? by lomatic

Are you a photographer that sees the beauty and mystery in abandoned buildings, forgotten places or locations in various states of decay? If you are then this book is reportedly a 'Must Have' for your photographic library!

Have you heard of the Syngenta Photography Award? It's a project that offers photographers an international platform for their work whilst at the same time highlighting global challenges of significance.

Photography Exposed is an article series brought to you by your General Photography CVs. Check out one of the latest ones which focuses on Cityscapes and Skylines!

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:Stand Out! Conquer your fear
:bulletred:Developing a personal style
:bulletred:Shooting with clarity and purpose
:bulletred:You will change: Magnum photographer Larry Towell has advice for young photojournalists
:bulletred:Should photographers keep locations secret?
:bulletred:Photography in an age of smartphones
:bulletred:Selfies cause more deaths now than shark attacks
:bulletred: The dark side of photography: When getting the "best" shot is just plain wrong

Basics
:bulletred:6 ways to get sharp hand-held photos at slow shutter speeds
:bulletred:Do you know the reciprocal rule of shutter speeds?
:bulletred:5 ways to practice your photography at home
:bulletred:Photographing in black and white for a day
:bulletred:Shoot better environmental portraits with these tips
:bulletred:Preparing the night before a photo shoot
:bulletred:A declaration of love to all our crappy shots

IT
:bulletred:7 golden rules of digital asset management
:bulletred:These are the keys to keeping your Lightroom installation in optimum condition
:bulletred:Tips for optimizing Photoshop performance on your computer
:bulletred:Rare look inside the famous Iron Mountain KDKA-TV

DIY
:bulletred:6 creative ikea product photography hacks
:bulletred:16 pro photographers share 16 tricks and hacks with cheap accessories
:bulletred:Photography hacks for free
:bulletred:Make Your own reflector DIY tutorial

Gear
:bulletred:A brief guide to buying secondhand lenses
:bulletred:Canon's DSLR camera boasts an insane 120-megapixels
:bulletred:How a step ladder is useful for your photography
:bulletred:6 things you didn’t know about autofocus, but probably should

Light
:bulletred:Beginners guide to using TTL off-camera flash
:bulletred:Flash synchronisation demystified
:bulletred:How to create complementary colors in your images
:bulletred:Portrait photography lighting: the 5 classical types

Post-Production
:bulletred:Photoshop in 60 seconds: Save for Web
:bulletred:Photoshop in 60 seconds: Export As
:bulletred:The what, why, and how of using Lightroom export presets
:bulletred:Split toning black and white images in lightroom
:bulletred:How to use Lightroom’s radial filter to enhance your subject

Kickstarter
:bulletred:SteadXP - The future of video stabilization
New Equipment and Technology


Hosagu's App of the Month

Untitled by hosagu
Ladies and Gents, forget all your photo apps...YES: I'm in love for Hipstamatic 300!
The release of this update for hipstamatic users, is the most impressive update like: starts from zero and redo the whole app! It's amazing: you'll be able to achieve stunning shots, associating like before the update great films and lens, but now you've got the "pro mode". And this mode will allow to turn the camera of your cellphone to a fully manual camera. I experienced it with the iphone 5S, right? It's amazing how intuitive and easy are the commands: iso range, exposure, triggering speed, white balance, manual focusing... It's like you can freely take a shot forgetting your camera is a phone. And yes it gives results...
So you got it: HIPSTAMATIC 300 is the must have of the year Guys :heart:

Forum Posts

:bulletgreen: What's the actual advantage of traditional (chemical developed) photography?
:bulletgreen: Newbie photographer need advice :)
:bulletgreen: Do you have luck selling photography at markets?
:bulletgreen: What is photography and what does it mean to you?
:bulletgreen: Sports Photography
:bulletgreen: Monitors for photographers - my article
:bulletgreen: Craziest things!
:bulletgreen: Photo Editing?
:bulletgreen: Planning Help

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:

Contributors this month: 3wyl Mouselemur Kaz-D hosagu daguerreoty-pe Mrs-Durden JenFruzz silber-englein and tiganusi.

Nom Nom 87

Tue Sep 29, 2015, 10:00 AM


Citrus Upside Down Cake by bittykate




Nom Nom is back! The tasty food feature that is designed to make you drool, head to the kitchen or write comments such as 'Don't do this to meeeeeeeee....!' I'm still looking for suggestions for the tasty Noms that you'd love to see featured so please don't hesitate to note me with your ideas! In the meantime please enjoy these tasty Noms focusing on the amazing, tasty, beautiful CHEESECAKE!

Malteser Cheesecake by claremanson
Cheesecake by monpuchikissaBlueberry Cheese Cake 1 by bittykate
Spring Cake by DiplinerCheese cake by happysnappy69
Cheesecake by ZELenoglazka


~ Blueberry Cheesecake by LoaiYamani


Cheesecake Anyone? by AEisnor

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. | Nom Nom 84 - Easter | Nom Nom 85 - Chocolate | Nom Nom 86 - Kaitlin's Creations


Skin by Dan Leveille

Masters of Darkroom

Wed Sep 16, 2015, 11:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Darkroom Photography

The first photograph created was an image produced in 1826 by Nicephore Niepce. He did this on a polished pewter plate covered with a petroleum derivative called Bitumen of Judea. The image required an eight hour exposure time in bright sunshine. We've come so far since those days and those lengths of times to achieve an amazing image - but at the same time it's great to give a nod to the past, learn the basics from the basics and turn to the masters of their field for some inspiration and reminders about just how rewarding Darkroom photography can be.

Henri Cartier-Bresson


One of the greats of his time, Cartier-Bresson worked almost exclusively in Black and White photography. His tragedy is that he gave up photography long before he died, choosing instead to paint (which is awesome too!) and locking away his camera and forgetting the craft.


Source: Magnum Photos


Julia Margaret Cameron


"I longed to arrest all the beauty that came before me and at length the longing has been satisfied."


Cameron started her photographic career fairly late on in life, not undertaking photography until she was forty-eight years old. Cameron's goal was to capture beauty. Her subjects often sat for hours and hours whilst she laboriously coated, exposed and processed each wet plate. She was often mocked by her contemporaries for her devotion, her long hours and the iconic blurs that often developed along with her photographs due to the lengths of which her subjects had to remain still.


Albumen silver print from glass negative (Source: Met Museum


Pablo Inirio


Pablo Inirio is a master darkroom printer for the prestigious Magnum photo agency. He has the responsibility of making prints of some of the most iconic black and white images in history. Inirio is all about the Art of printing - someone else created the image and that in itself is Art but the production of that image, the actual creation of it to hold in the physical world, is all done to Inirio. Check out the amazing image below which shows the lengths that have to be undertaken to make notes about editing and developing an original image. You can read more about how photographs are edited in Darkrooms by clicking here.


 
Source: Magnum Photos


Ansel Adams


Adams is a well known expert in the Darkroom. Traditional and true to photographys roots, Adams creates amazing dodge and burn effects in his darkroom images without using photoshop. Definitely one to learn from if you are looking for original inspiration.

Clyde Butcher


A Floridian photographer and author, Butcher has become famous for his iconic black and white images of the Florida Everglades (amongst other places!) Although he is famed for his deep expressive images of the Everglades and will always be recognised for his talent here, Butcher is dedicated to documenting and capturing precious landscapes across the world.


Source: Clyde Butcher


Developer Trays from the Greats


For some inspiration and some absolutely historical images, check out John Cyr's project in which he obtains and photographers the Developer trays of many famous photographers from across the years even accessing Smithsonian collections. Read more here.

Darkrooms

Tue Sep 15, 2015, 2:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Darkroom Photography

When you see the word 'Darkroom Photography' or you peruse the gallery here on DeviantArt, thoughts about where the photographs actually originate from are often rare. So let's talk about Darkroom in the raw sense of the word.

darkroom by thebiscuit

What is a Darkroom?


In this modern day with photography available to us at the click of a button and within seconds of upload, many of us have forgotten where it all started. Soon, in generations to come, Darkroom will be a thing of the long forgotten past and people won't readily know the origins of Photography and how important Darkrooms were to starting it all off. So let's remind ourselves!

A Darkroom is a room that can be made completely dark in order to allow light to be processed to create sensitive photographic materials. If you're lucky, you may have a dedicated Darkroom for your image processing. If you're not so lucky, you may have sacrificed a spare room, a toilet or a home-made shed. If you're this guy you may have gone one step further and have converted a caravan into a mobile darkroom.


Source: Petapixel


A darkroom is not just important for your work, it's vital to understand the basics of Photography and to be familiar with the traditional photographic processes. As a photographer, there's nothing more humbling than watching your own image grow whilst your work, a refreshing experience that makes a change from the instant uploading we can do these days. If you've not tried developing before, give it a go! There are lots of articles and tutorials out there for Creating your own Darkroom.

Photographic Enlarger by DisconnectedHeart

Darkroom Equipment



Enlargers: these are specialised transparency projects which produce photographic prints from film or glass negatives.

Safelights: these are used when making black & white prints and illuminate the area that you are working in. Different types of safelights can be used for different material processing.

Different types of Safelights



Black & White photographic printing usually requires an amber or red safelight. Photographic papers are sensitive only to blue and green light in this process.

Orthochromatic papers & films are sensitive to yellow light and must only be used with a deep red safelight, not amber.

Panchromatic papers & films are normally sensitive to the complete spectrum. There are ways around this, Koda produce a Panchromatic paper which can allow careful use of a safelight but others need to be handled in complete darkness.

Most films available these days are panchromatic and most papers are Ortho.

Remember - Safelights are only safe if you expose material to them for short and measured amounts of time. Short amounts of time can be longer than you might think though... you can get four or five minutes on a sheet of Orthochromatic paper before it begins to fog.



Other Darkroom Uses


In addition to printing, Darkrooms can be used for loading film in and out of cameras, spools or film holders. All of these processes require complete darkness. However if you need to do this and don't have a Darkroom then there are always Changing Bags which are photographic bags designed to be completely light proof whilst using them, often with useful arm holes for easy access!

Photography Exposed - Transportation

Mon Sep 14, 2015, 9:00 AM
Photography exposed is a series of articles brought to you by your General Photography Community Volunteers! Kaz-DMrs-Durden and tiganusi are going to be exposing the popular and the not so popular galleries within main Photography gallery here on DeviantArt. For this eleventh edition I've chosen to focus on Transportation!
Going nowhere by Dee-ehn
Out to plunder by kellebass

The boat II by k-simir
The Boat II by iandeluna
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXT by Daniel-Wales-Images


Nervudo by Attila-Le-AinDream... by skarzynscy

260 by leoatelier
Coming Home by chevyhax
Fastback 1967 by AmericanMuscle

Previous Installments

Photography Exposed: Infrared
Photography Exposed: Still Life
Photography Exposed: Expressive Portraits
Photography Exposed: Military
Photography Exposed: Architecture
Photography Exposed: Instant Film
Photography Exposed: Surreal
Photography Exposed: Conceptual
Photography Exposed: Products and Services
Photography Exposed- Still Life Dolls and Figures
Photography Exposed: Classic Portraits

Photography Newsletter

Sun Sep 6, 2015, 4:06 AM
Big news this month for all you Instagram lovers. They've broken the frame! Instagram has been well-known and even famed for its iconic square format, with many printing companies offering the 'Instagram' style print these days. So why have they changed? 1 in 5 images posted on the photo sharing platform had whitespace around them because the image was captured with another app that didn't have restrictions - You can read more here. So what are your thoughts? Do you agree that Instagram had to move with the times or do you think it should have stuck with Nostalgia? If you're up for a debate today then check out Photography Debates: Color vs Monochrome and share your thoughts...

Let's talk about Daily Deviations. We not only want your suggestions, we crave them. We want to know what you're enjoying on DA right now, what you want to see up on the DD page. Send us your suggestions! Drop us a few lines explaining why - do it now! And if you don't want to do that then consider getting involved in the Daily Deviation Highlights project! Want to know more - check out My Daily Deviation Highlights.

Finally, for a roundup of the August Daily Deviations awarded by Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden and tiganusi look no further than General Photography DDs - August 2015 !

Word of the Month

Raw
Let's talk about camera RAW (or camera raw) files. While RAW files take up much more space on our memory cards than JPEG, the uncompressed data can help us to edit our photos with amazing results. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the difference between RAW and JPEG, this article as well as this one provide very good explanations. In short, RAW files keep more photo data. It is considered the digital version of a film negative in that it is not suitable for printing without being processed and it keeps all of the original (raw) data from the camera's sensor. This means you'll have much more control over the final image than if you saved it as a JPEG.

Questions for the Reader: "Do you shoot RAW, JPEG or both? If you shoot RAW, when did you start experimenting with it and what made you try it for the first time?"

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!

:iconikulestrange: :iconriskonelook: :iconxavierrey: :iconpaulmachikhin: :icontomhaider: :iconvolkmaritsch: :iconarkanumtenebrae: :iconandy-j-s: :iconmina-ficent: :iconmarsiams: :iconfruity-nut-bats: :iconcitizenfresh: :iconbebefromtheblock: :iconllisitsa: :iconshortcircuit123: :iconorneryamerican: :iconkyleandtheclassics:
Contests & Projects


:bulletblue: Still-Life-Stills are hosting their monthly contest again! Check out September - New challenge and winners.
:bulletblue: Abstract-and-Surreal Head over to the group for news about their latest contest which runs every month!
:bulletblue: CRPhotography are hosting their monthly contest again, head over to the group for more info!
:bulletblue: rainylake's animals in action contest. More info here.

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Celestial Navigation for the Pluto Flyby by kparks


Animals, Plants and Nature

Community Volunteers JenFruzz


Dog frisbee by Ksuksa-Raykova


This open letter to landscape photograhers addressing etiquette is a must read if you do landscape photography!

Do you think that cats are just cold and aloof all the time? Think again. One Philadelphia photographer makes it his mission to show their many (often goofy) faces.

Artistic Nude

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine



*Our Artistic Nude section will often contain something that's Not Safe for Work (NSFW)*

Fine-Art-Nudes is hosting a hidden beauties contest. "The idea behind the contest is to have the model hidden among the landscape, or background."

Check out The Human Form: Light which is a wonderful feature from Mrs-Durden.

Conceptual

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


The Inbetween by manuelestheim


This month, we looked at conceptual photography in our Photography Exposed series and featured some beautiful conceptual work.

If you're looking to discover some beautiful conceptual photography, be sure to keep an eye out on MarinaCoric's Conceptual Spotlight feature series.

Would you like to be more active on the DA conceptual scene? the-mirror-club, a group dedicated to featuring conceptual photography, is looking for passionate conceptual photographers and appreciators to join their admin team!

Commercial

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


.. by Foba


Commercial photography has many branches and photographer Quinn Chandler has found his niche in commercial jewellery photography. This article offers an account of how he got into it and why it was a very smart decision. For some commercial inspiration check out one of the latest editions of Photography Exposed - Photography Exposed: Products and Services.

Darkroom

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Dissociative Identity by LashelleValentine


ElyneNoir posts a regular feature of captivating darkroom photography pieces. Have a look! This 32-year-old banker quit his job to pursue his passion: photography. The linked article shows his adventures in pinhole photography. And finally, if you are interested in writing a Darkroom Educational article for projecteducate there are still a couple of slots left - note tiganusi right now!

Fashion

Community Volunteer  Queen-Kitty


Anna by uglybug


Here's an interesting interview on The Photoblographer with Ken Kiefer about underwater fashion photography. Check out the latest edition of Fashion Makes the World go Round XIII for some DA inspiration!

Horror and Macabre

Community Volunteer pullingcandy


-Smk- by Alanwarner


Infrared

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Park panorama #2 by seba-j

We had a projecteducate week focused purely on Infrared Photography - the very first of its kind over at projecteducate! Check out all the awesome news, links, tutorials and more that the team shared during the week:

A guide to getting into Infrared
An Interview with LDFranklin
A Rationale for Infrared
Infrared Photography Tutorials
Digital Infrared Photography ? Very Easy!
Simple Guide to Infrared Photography II
Digital Infrared Equipment and Options
An Interview with Michilauke
Lensbaby Infrared Photography
Hot Spot Thots
Editing of infrared photographs using Photoshop
Editing IR: Glow Effect
Infrared Photography Wrap up and Contest RESULTS!

Macro

Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez


Bye , bye fly ... by cigane13

Check out MarcosRodriguez's latest Macro Spotlight which has some amazing inspiration! It was also Macro Week over at projecteducate last month and we shared tons of useful articles, interviews and tutorials. Check out the list below...

Creating a Tiny world
Getting started with Macro
Interview with GrotesqueDarling13
An Interview with MarcosRodriguez
Interview with IndigoSummerr
Cheap and Cheerful Macro
Interview with BokehLight
DIY + Macro for less $
Interview with SheilaBrinson
How I achieve Macro
Interview with Enkased
Macro and Lightroom

Other

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Untitled by milkychild


People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Lonely Wilderness by RaphaelleM

Check out Mrs-Durden's edition of Photography Exposed published last week! It focuses completely on Classic Portraiture. For inspiration and some awesome works check out Photography Exposed: Classic Portraits. For Daily Deviations across the board that we haven't been able to feature this month check out Mrs-Durden's Photography Suggestions Spotlight IV.

Pinup and Glamour

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile


Check out the latest beautiful edition of LUSH! Pinup and Glamour Features from DistortedSmile. For some more inspiration check out one of Mrs-Durden's features of the month Ladies in Color.
Glamour Boy by ToddParis


Photo-journalism

Community Volunteer tanikel


Joey D by ShiftonePhotography


Mark Thiessen, a National Geographic photographer trained as a firefighter, gives a close-up look at what firefighters go through in their battle to keep wildfires under control.


Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


brot by stachelpferdchen


Have you met Eric the stormtrooper? He's got a pretty awesome life.

Food bloggers in Germany might be at risk of facing legal action for taking photographs of elaborately arranged food. There are not yet any known cases of the chef taking legal action, but it is possible, as detailed in this article. Over at projecteducate last month Khallandra wrote a fantastic article looking at PE: Beginners Action Figure Still Life Photography. In the Forums, the theme recently has been Desserts - for some tasty morsels head over there and peruse Forum Features #59: Dessert!

Check out Still-Life-Stills latest contest! Are you feeling the Autumn chill creeping in?  Why not consider shooting something for the theme 'Cosy?!' Read more in  September - New challenge and winners.

Street

Community Volunteer hosagu


Instant 3603 by SUDOR

On DeviantArt, find here: fav.me/d7mq9he and here: fav.me/d95vj7y two great themed features on sliding scales and rain by myraincheck and niklin1 who are great and famous street photographers.

What would you put or not in your frame? This article will give you useful hints for your street photography shots.
Takashi Yasui's street photography is a must see. First because the photographies will be in colors, and then because the poetry through andbeyond this great photographer's shots are worth a click to see more of his talented work.
Thisarticle about Jack Simon will let you discover a famous and great modern street photographer.
Eventually, and because we are reaching the end of a particular hot summer, let's cool down with
some fresh photography by Ruben Natal San Miguel...

Over at CRPhotography the theme last month was Street Photography and there have been lots of awesome themed journals shared with the group. Check out September: Street for more info!

Transportation

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Different by Foenix11


Urban and Rural

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & tiganusi


Miranda - Lecon de desolation by William-D-WILD



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...

Aussie photographer Dylan Goldby gives some useful advice on deciding on your next lens, taking into account things such as field of view, perspective distortion, depth of field and your approach.

Take a look at this article on five business mistakes photographers make all the time so future you can thank you.

If you're looking to test out underwater photography or looking for some good advice on how to improve your work, read this detailed article on what to expect and how to make it work.


Photography Articles and News of Note


This article takes a glimpse into photography in Cuba since the 1950s in a fascinating timeline.

In this article, seven photographers talk about what they love and what they hate about their jobs. It's an interesting read that offers perspectives across various photography branches.

Have you ever done a photoshoot and something went terribly wrong? It probably wasn't as bad as what happened to this photographer in Detroit. He accidentally let a tiger loose!

Basics
:bulletred:When to use spot metering
:bulletred:6 things you don’t know about ISO, but probably should
:bulletred:Why using your gear should always be the easiest part of every shoot
:bulletred:2 Huge benefits of photographing in RAW
:bulletred:The essential sense of self awareness as a photographer
:bulletred:The complete mobile imaging workflow for iphone photographers
IT-Corner
:bulletred:How to choose asset management software for your digital picture archive
:bulletred:How to add metadata to your images in Photoshop
:bulletred:Are your photo backups rock solid?
:bulletred:Flickr brings back its “Pro” subscription plan
Light
:bulletred:How to get started with off-camera flash photography – start with one!
:bulletred:On assignment: the light you don't see
:bulletred:do different strobe/modifier brands create distinct "qualities of light?" I don't think so
Post-processing
:bulletred:Using virtual copies in Lightroom—the “no risk” way to experiment
:bulletred:Fixing lens distortion issues with lightroom
:bulletred:3 ways to avoid "loading..." slowdowns in Lightroom
:bulletred:When your subject is in the shadows
:bulletred:Beginners guide to creating and applying texture overlays using Photoshop
:bulletred:Your personal brand just got more personal
Gear
:bulletred:Knobroom: Adobe Lightroom MIDI Control = Fast Photo Editing
:bulletred:iPad, the Photographer’s Friend
:bulletred:How to choose a DSLR lens
:bulletred:Introduction to the Kiev 88, a.k.a Hasselbladski
:bulletred:RawDigger: detecting posterization in SONY cRAW/ARW2 files
DIY
:bulletred:How to create a spectacular background using an el bokeh wall
:bulletred:How to build a DIY light blaster
:bulletred:How i turned a caravan into a mobile darkroom for wet plate photos
:bulletred:How to create a photography light stick for a speedlight (DIY under $50)
...some other stuff
:bulletred:The magic of winning a National Geographic Traveler photo contest
:bulletred:This is how press photos were transmitted back in the 1970s
:bulletred:How your web browser affects the way colors are rendered
:bulletred:The power of previsualization in photography
:bulletred:Photography: what are you trying to say here?

New Equipment and Technology


Need some help with your composition? New software has been developed to give feedback on digital photographs.

Have you heard of the Panono camera? This camera would allow you to take a 360° photograph when you toss it in the air! Here are some photos of what the shots look like.

Are you looking to take your lensbaby shots mobile? Here's a review of the lensbaby mobile photography kit.

Hosagu's App of the Month

Let's get back not to the future but to the past with a creation from the Hipstamatic's makers: Tintype.
For the definition of it: "A tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion. Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s, but lesser use of the medium persisted into the early 20th century and it has been revived as a novelty in the 21st." (Wikipedia).
With this app available on both android and IOS systems, you will be in position to empower your shots and to create impressive portraits
Just know that it will cost you 99 cents to get this app, but it's eventually worth it.
I like the hipstamatic design of the app, and its very intuitive controls.
You will be stunned by the results you might get!


Forum Posts

:bulletgreen: Mirror lens
:bulletgreen: Taking pictures of people
:bulletgreen: Where do you sell your non-stock photos?
:bulletgreen: Flash and Portraits
:bulletgreen: Editing Photos?
:bulletgreen: What camera for a begginer/amateur photographer?
:bulletgreen: Rule of Thirds
:bulletgreen: What are the best photography portfolio hosting sites?
:bulletgreen: Night photo editing - help?

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:

Contributors this month: daguerreoty-pe hosagu silber-englein Kaz-D  Mrs-Durden 3wyl.

My Daily Deviation Highlights

Wed Sep 2, 2015, 9:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:




Another edition of the Community Volunteer led project in which we will be highlighting our favourite Daily Deviations featured within the recent weeks! We would like to encourage the community to join in on this project by simply going through the Daily Deviations page and collecting some of their favourite pieces of art within a journal titled "My Daily Deviation Highlights"! We hope this project will help spread awareness and love for Daily Deviations and our fellow deviant artists!

Use the hashtag #DDHighlights so we can find your journals! Love
Green flash hummingbird by photographyflower
She was like a rose VI by drizzledust
It's Not My Fault!! (LEGO) by shadowfax412
Dream by Nikolaj-Arndt
Drow by TheLadyFalcon
Octopus :D by cnerone21
Adventures. by OliviaMichalski
Rich chocolate cake by topolinodelburro
Lutz by sollenafotografie

C.R.E.A.T.E.

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CRPhotography

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Community Groups

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Project Educate - Newsletter

Tue Sep 1, 2015, 12:39 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Newsletter

We have had another great few months with lots of educational articles and happenings. Coming up we have Art in the Professions week with Mrs-Durden, Darkroom week with tiganusi, Anime & Manga with cinyu and Fan Art with Lyricanna. If you want to participate in any of those weeks then note the relevant lead involved! Hurry though, time is ticking! For our full schedule check out Project Educate - Dates and Information! If you want to know more about how to write an article for projecteducate then check out How to write an article for Project Educate by Mrs-Durden.

Education Recap


Throughout the end of July and into August we have had some fantastic articles. We have had a Traditional Art Week with Agaave, Macro with Kaz-D and MarcosRodriguez, Infrared with Kaz-D + 3wyl and a Community Week with cinyu

Traditional Art


Special Uses Of Some Watercolors
Painting With A Knife! (The Practical - 1)
Mixed Media Colouring Tutorial
PE: Comparing Copics and Watercolours
Drawing the Figure in Ink
Precautions While dealing with Sketches
Drawing the Portrait
The Theory Of Realism
Introduction to ACEOs
Stop the fade: Protecting your work.
Pinspiration for Deviants
Watercolour Experiments

Macro Photography


Creating a Tiny world
Getting started with Macro
Interview with GrotesqueDarling13
An Interview with MarcosRodriguez
Interview with IndigoSummerr
Cheap and Cheerful Macro
Interview with BokehLight
DIY + Macro for less $
Interview with SheilaBrinson
How I achieve Macro
Interview with Enkased
Macro and Lightroom

Infrared Photography


A guide to getting into Infrared
An Interview with LDFranklin
A Rationale for Infrared
Infrared Photography Tutorials
Digital Infrared Photography ? Very Easy!
Simple Guide to Infrared Photography II
Digital Infrared Equipment and Options
An Interview with Michilauke
Lensbaby Infrared Photography
Hot Spot Thots
Editing of infrared photographs using Photoshop
Editing IR: Glow Effect
Infrared Photography Wrap up and Contest RESULTS!

Community Week


To Share or Hide - That is the Question
Being Motivated on DA
Enabling the Stick Menu
How to avoid Spam on DeviantArt
Novels and Shorts - Plotting the Easy Way
PE: What is Patreon?
PE: Beginners Action Figure Still Life Photography

Next Community Week - October 19th - October 25th. Note projecteducate NOW to get involved!



A Thank You!


Project Educate wouldn't be so active and informative without these amazing contributors. Please join me in thanking the below Deviants who helped out this month!

Tudalia, Goodnight-Melbourne, Eleweth, Khallandra, spligity, ThanasisTzortzis, Agaave, jenthestrawberry, STelariMarcosRodriguez, RockstarVanity, Astrikos, mIkeschwaRz, MichiLauke, 3wyl, LDFranklin, vw1956, RogueMudblood, Pascua-Tanya, BloodSplotchedInk and cinyu.

Photography exposed is a series of articles brought to you by your General Photography Community Volunteers! Kaz-DMrs-Durden and tiganusi are going to be exposing the popular and the not so popular galleries within main Photography gallery here on DeviantArt. For this tenth edition I've chosen to focus on Still Life - Dolls and Figures and what this gallery actually is!

"Photographs of inanimate models and figurines, often small in size to be used as something to play with."



Most of the frequent Dolls and Figures photographers here on DeviantArt are seriously into their collections and generally the dolls aren't something that they place with! But this gallery is for your ornaments, your pretty figurines from holidays in the past just as much as it is for your captures of BJD's (ball-jointed dolls) and pokemon toys! Don't be afraid to explore this gallery, see what it has to offer and how you can contribute.


Advance by ZahirBatin
White Dream by BellechanThe PokeCafe by Bimmi1111
Nendoroid Mako and Guts by frasbobschizophrenia 2 by xXxCyberDiamondXxXFor You.. by Lady-Tori

I love this boy .2 by Y-n-YI wish I were you by hiritai
New chance by lipslock
WALL E 2 by im-sorry-thx-all-bye

Previous Installments



My Daily Deviation Highlights!

Sat Aug 22, 2015, 3:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:




Welcome to a Community Volunteer project in which we will be highlighting our favourite Daily Deviations featured within the recent weeks! We would like to encourage the community to join in on this project by simply going through the Daily Deviations page and collecting some of their favourite pieces of art within a journal titled "My Daily Deviation Highlights"! We hope this project will help spread awareness and love for Daily Deviations and our fellow deviant artists!

Use the hashtag #DDHighlights so we can find your journals! Love


Leafeons Photosynthesis by DiarisAfternoon Tea by FlabnBone
I Against I by MissSoulsA cozy place by flaviobolla




p u r i f y i n g by silvia-giuliUntitled by Panteleev-Ilya
Untitled by JuleOfJune
HOLD my hand and Lets DAnce by Nopel-Opzan

bloodlines by toxic-nebulae

You may choose to feature deviations from all categories, or you can focus your journals on a specific category such as Photography, Fan Art, Manga/Anime or whatever suits you! This is a very open project in which creativity in the way you choose to highlight Daily Deviations is welcome and encouraged!

What have you LOVED this week?


cinyu, alierturk, MichiLauke, Kendra-Paige, RhynWilliams, Astralseed and silber-englein !


C.R.E.A.T.E.

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Infrared Photography

We have had a fantastic week here at projecteducate focusing on Infrared Photography. Huge thanks go to all those involved who have made this week possible because it was the first of its kind on this theme and we needed to hit Infrared hard. How have we done?  Have you got more answers than questions about Infrared Photography now? How has the week impacted, helped or stimulated you? We would LOVE to have your feedback. Here's an overview of what went on this week:

A guide to getting into Infrared by mIkeschwaRz
An Interview with LDFranklin by Kaz-D
A Rationale for Infrared by mIkeschwaRz
Infrared Photography Tutorials by MichiLauke
Digital Infrared Photography ? Very Easy! by MichiLauke
Simple Guide to Infrared Photography II by 3wyl
Digital Infrared Equipment and Options by mIkeschwaRz
An Interview with Michilauke by Kaz-D
Lensbaby Infrared Photography by LDFranklin
Hot Spot Thots by mIkeschwaRz
Editing of infrared photographs using Photoshop by vw1956

We launched the week with a brief outline of Infrared Photography Week + Contest! Many thanks to those who shared their Infrared photographs and left them open for editing. Their own edits are displayed below followed by a selection of pieces from their gallery, so go check them out! :la:

1 by mIkeschwaRz by 3wyl 2 by mIkeschwaRz by 3wyl
The Storm by mIkeschwaRz Andor by mIkeschwaRz

mIkeschwaRz's Photographs!


Crops.n.Mom.n.Son by mIkeschwaRz Castle Lichtenstein on the Rocks by mIkeschwaRz Little Angel by mIkeschwaRz


3 by MichiLauke by 3wyl 4 by MichiLauke by 3wyl
Summer Time infrared by MichiLauke A Walk In The Park infrared by MichiLauke

MichiLauke's Photographs!


Power Wheel infrared by MichiLauke Arboretum-Pano Infrared... by MichiLauke German Oak Tree infrared... by MichiLauke


5 By Vw1956 by 3wyl Reichstag720 by vw1956

vw1956's Photographs!


a stranger II by vw1956 Lakeside Panorama by vw1956 Varlamuse 720nm by vw1956

As for the winner of the contest...


Congratulations cloe-patra!


a walk through the park by cloe-patra
You win a 3 Month Core Membership and 150 :points:!

If you would like to learn more about Infrared Photography, or participate in another Infrared Photography contest, head over to CRPhotography as this month's theme is Infrared! :la:

An Interview with Michilauke

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 2:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Infrared Photography

Meet Michael - known on DeviantArt as MichiLauke he is one of the frontline deviants for Infrared Photography. His enthusiasm and passion has driven him over the years to create, inspire and teach others. Living in Berlin, Germany, Michael enjoys world music, international cooking and travelling. He has been on DeviantArt since 2004 - over a decade - and has so much to share about his passion for Infrared Photography. You can find Michael here on DeviantArt or over on his here.




The Bio...


Michael was born in Saxony in 1945. Currently retired, he had had a varied career as a musician, a music producer, and a music journalist, among other things. He enjoyed traveling from an early age, taking black and white photos of his travels, and processing and printing them for himself.

The Gear...


I currently use 2 Sony F828 (one converted), Sony F727, Canon 20D, Samsung all day pocket camera, converted Panasonic DMC-ZS8, iPhone, iPad, Infrared Filters 950nm and Hoya r72, several small and big tripods, 2 GoPros.

Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed Michael! Could you outline how Photography factors into your life at the moment?



Photography has always been my hobby since youth. There were times when I did it just for fun and times when I earned money with it. At the age of 15 and again at the age of 17, I won national photo prices and sold pictures to newspapers and weekly magazines. But I went on to become a musician, music producer and radio music journalist. I’m retired now and rediscovered photography as my hobby and that's where my passion currently lies at the moment.

Home Tree VII infrared... by MichiLauke

What does the location that you are in offer you with regards to infrared photography?



Nearly every place is fine for infrared photography. But of course "Mother Nature’s" fantastic landscapes and lonely trees are still the most fascinating. I also look around for dramatic clouds in the sky, I love capturing weather and that happens a lot here.

Castle Avenue infrared by MichiLauke

When you are travelling, every moment could possibly transform into a fantastic situation for an infrared photo. So on every trip I have at least one converted infrared camera in my pocket. If I am planning a photo tour I take my "big" Sony F828 compact camera with me which is excellent for b+w infrared photography.

Is there a particular shot that you feel shines above the rest? Was it difficult to achieve?



I was several times in my life just in the right moment at the right place. In such dramatic moments I feel my whole body in the hands of Mother Nature. Bliss is all around. The lights are fantastic. I can't stop shooting pictures. Back at home I mostly have fantastic results. These are moments of pure happiness.

Phoenix infrared... by MichiLauke

What advice would you give to someone starting out with infrared?



Just start! Don't get confused by equipment. Buy the cheapest eBay HongKong 950nm infrared filter and be a little bit patient with yourself. Digital photography allows you to gain a lot of experience without extra costs in comparison to expensive film techniques. And the success will lead you (hopefully) day by day to higher quality levels. There are so many tutorials around to help you in every situation. And many members of infrared groups will be willing to support you.

Tree infrared... by MichiLauke

Are there any deviants or groups that you would suggest could inspire someone to start shooting in Infrared?



Just find those infrared pictures you like most in the Infrared Gallery  here on DeviantArt. If you have questions don't hesitate to contact the original photographers directly. I’m sure they like comments, favs and questions. And ask to join r72, an Infrared Group here on DeviantArt if you want to meet some inspiring Infrared Photographers.

Thanks :devmichilauke for the insight and information!


Berlin Auerbachstr. 2 Infrared by MichiLauke
Dream Walk infrared by MichiLaukeKiez Berlin infrared by MichiLauke