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Ten Portrait Photography Tips

Sat Jul 19, 2014, 1:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

People & Portrait Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Picture Perfect Portraits

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 11:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

People & Portrait Photography

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

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

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

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

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

Things to Avoid

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

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

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

Photographing People on your Travels

Thu Jul 17, 2014, 3:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

People & Portrait Photography

Trying to photograph people within a country other than the one you are accustomed to can bring a whole new set of difficulties far beyond lighting, composition and frame. Here are a few tips that I've personally learned along the way which have not only inspired me to get out there and photograph more people, but also to approach new people and become more confident..

Be Sensitive

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

Make a Purchase

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

Build a Rapport

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

Be comfortable

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


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


People & Portrait Photography

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

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

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

10 by Kaz-D

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

Untitled by Kaz-D

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

31 by Kaz-D

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

Work in Progress by MichaelShapcott

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

Commissioned work pub agency by BenoitPaille

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

That Late Afternoon Glow

Tue Jul 15, 2014, 6:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

People and Portrait Photography

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

*** by sergeygerman

Shoot in RAW

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

Check out your White Balance

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

Marina Stenko 2 by cbyn

Choose your background

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

Check your exposure

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

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

Classic Captures Portraiture Contest

Mon Jul 14, 2014, 9:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

People and Portrait Photography

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


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

06 by NerySoul
1950 by Canankk

The Rules

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


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


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


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

2nd Place
3 month sub + 50 points

Any questions? Just note projecteducate!

People and Portrait Photography Intro

Mon Jul 14, 2014, 1:00 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

People & Portrait Photography

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

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

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

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

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

Nom Nom 75# Lasagne

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

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

Chicken Curry Lasagna by Markhal

Chicken Agridoce Lasagna by Markhal

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

Lasagne Bento by pradlee

Lasagne by patchow
Strawberries | Cinnamon | Chicken | Apples | Chocolate | Brussel Sprouts | Cocktails | Ice Cream | Spaghetti | Raspberries | Pineapple | Bread | Rice | Blueberries | Cupcakes | Tea | Cherries | Toast | Cheesecake | Soup | Apple Pie | Casserole | Halloween | Sausage | Pie | Macaroons | Sushi | Christmas | Peppers | Chinese Food | Eggs | Ham | Garlic | Tomatoe | Cookies | Lollies | Drink | Grapes | Cross Sections | BBQ | Cereal | Lychee | Pizza | Coconut | Sweets | Lemon | Nutella | Peas | Sandwiches | Smoothies | Croissants | Marzipan. | CAEK | Prawns| Shortbread| Autumn| Green| Yorkshire Puddings | Malteasers | Crumpets | Mint| Pomegranate | Christmas | Chocolate Cake | Roast Potatoes | Jelly | Curry |Bagels | CousCous

People and Portraits Exposed

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

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

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

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

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

Remembering JamminJo

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 2:07 PM

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

deviantID Movember by JamminJo

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

Garfield by JamminJo

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

Snooze by JamminJo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interviews and Features

Contests and Games

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

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

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

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

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

Photography Discussions This Month...

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

Groups Updates... 

Monthly Group Focus

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

Photography Groups

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

Hot off the Press!

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

Printed in AP magazine June 2014 by georgewjohnson

Abstract And Surreal

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

Black and White by szerglinka

Conceptual Photography

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

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

Macro Photography

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

portrait of a ladybug by stresskiller66

People & Portraits

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

Artistic Nude & Fetish

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

Pin-Up and Glamour

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

Wanting by gregoryncurran


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

Still Life Photography

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

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

Salmon bagel by chealse

Street Photography

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

atonement by lightdrafter

Urban & Rural

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

Waiting for the End by AbandonedZone

Regular Article Series

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

Photography Resources

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

Conceptual Creations

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nom Nom 74# Cous Cous

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

Headed created by TouchedD

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

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

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

Roasted Cous Cous 2 by Ellie-Photographie

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Andy Warhol

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

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

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

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

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

Maya Angelou

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

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

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

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
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When you have the kind of mind that I do (I inherited the worrier family trait rather than the ‘warrior’ one!) it takes years and years to find something that will help you to let things go and keep going with life and without a humungous grudge or concern. Nobody’s perfect, that much is true, and I haven’t fully mastered the letting go part but it’s in hand at least. When I feel frustrated, worried, emotional or when I feel just complete and utter despair I go to that quote and couple it with another favourite (A.A Milne this time!)

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

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

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People + Portraits Exposed

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

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

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

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

Lena. by sollenafotografie

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

Photographer of the Week: Alvis002

Mon May 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

alvis002 has been on deviantART for over five years and has just recently received their first daily deviation for still life photography. alvis002 uses lighting and outfits with close crops of many of their figures to capture emotion and expression in a wonderfully surrealistic way.
PORTRAIT. by alvis002
MEMORY. by alvis002

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So we bought a house...

Tue May 13, 2014, 2:20 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

Where have I been lately? Well all sorts of awesome has been happening. TouchedD and I exchanged contracts for our first house today, and it has been quite a journey to get here. It'll be ready by the end of June (it's brand new) but we've had so much to do paperwork wise especially as at the moment we live 80 miles apart! We've been spending our weekends choosing sofas, dining tables, kettles and all sorts! I have a looks quite stormy! But there's our's the third one in from the left (the only one with the front door closed) and it's a semi detached :la:

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I'm also finishing up Uni, with just four weeks left before my final exam. I have a 4,000 word essay due around the same time, but after that it's all over. I'm looking into what to do next, and I'd love to do a counselling degree - but we shall see!

So I plan to be properly back within a few weeks. Uni will finish and house moving will begin which will mean internet will be limited some times, but other than that I don't plan for anything else to stand in my way!

Don't forget that you can now send Street, Photojournalism and Urban/Rural/Architecture and Darkroom DD suggestions mine and 3wyl's way!

Now over to YOU. What's been happening in your life lately?

Nom Nom 73# Bagels

Tue May 13, 2014, 12:57 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d: