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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.

Ingredients...


  • 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

Method...


  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

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Get your Tools out!

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


Conceptual

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


Darkroom

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


Fashion

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


Macro

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 photography.tutsplus.com, 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


Photo-journalism

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


Street

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:
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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!

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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:
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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


Ingredients;
: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)

Method;
  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

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Meet Linneaphoto!

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



The Beginning


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


The Gear


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

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

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

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


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

Hungry Fox by linneaphoto


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

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

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

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


Marsa Shagra Startrails by linneaphoto

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

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

Credits:
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:
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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...

3wyl
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

hosagu
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

Aeirmid
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

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

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

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


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


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










Second Place


Glass of hearts









Honourable Mentions




3wyl ~ Times are changing

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




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

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

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

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

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Monthly Photography Newsletter

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


Word of the Month

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

Photographers of the Day

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

Contests & Projects

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

General Photography News

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

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

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer justanothersomeone


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

Poles by MBKKR


Animals, Plants and Nature

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


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

Winter Morning by Capturing-the-Light


Artistic Nude

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine


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

No title by fb101


Conceptual

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


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

Crack of Dawn II by Sturmideenkind


Fashion

Community Volunteer Pixel-Spotlight


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

Plume by Dapicture


Pin Up & Glamour

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile


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

Sock Monkey by littlemissmaggiemay


Macro

Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez


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

Drop by GeorgeAmies


People and Portraits

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


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

-: Ria Yaya :- by BataraKresna


Photo-journalism

Community Volunteer tanikel


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

Buergbrennen by OK-Photography


Still Life

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


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

Christmas dessert by Daykiney


Street

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


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

Sunny by IFedorovskaya


Urban and Rural

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


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

Stage of Decay by AbandonedZone


Educational Articles and Tutorials

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

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

New Equipment and Technology

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

Forum Posts

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

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




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

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


The Beginning


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

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

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



The Gear


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

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

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

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


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


Bright Horizons by JenFruzz

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



Sapphires 101213 by JenFruzz

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

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

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

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


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



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


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

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

Icy Fire by JenFruzz

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

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

Needs Some Milk by JenFruzz


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Urbex: Staircases

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




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

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


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

~ by Marloeshi

The Gear


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

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



For my lover by Marloeshi
Fairytale by Marloeshi

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

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


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


Green ocean by Marloeshi

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


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


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

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

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



Stuck in a dream by Marloeshi

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

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

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


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

 

Forgotten Kingdom by Marloeshi
The darkness by Marloeshi

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


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


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

Haunted by Marloeshi


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Art History: Photo-journalism

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


Art History


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

The 1920s


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

Self with my Leica by carlzon

The 1930s


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

Magnum


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

The 1950s


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

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



Source: Robert Doisneau